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The Kinks, 1970

The Kinks were a London band, formed in 1964 as an act that fused rhythm and blues with English music-hall idioms. When Jack Robinson photographed the Kinks on February 2, 1970 for a “People Are Talking About …” feature of Vogue, the original members, the brothers Ray and Dave Davies and Mick Avory, had been joined by John Dalton. Four months earlier, they had released their concept album Arthur (or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire), a working-class Everyman story. Quoting a line from a song on their previous album The Village Green Preservation Society, Vogue notes that with their “non-U accents and Regency looks, this group chiprrup happily about ‘little shops, china cups, and virginity.’”