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Book Title: Twenty Thousand Roads : The Ballad of Gram Parsons and His Cosmic American Music|
Date of issue: 2008
ISBN 13: 9780747565772
The author of the book: David N. Meyer
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 36.78 MB
Read full description of the books Twenty Thousand Roads : The Ballad of Gram Parsons and His Cosmic American Music:As a singer and songwriter, Gram Parsons stood at the nexus of countless musical crossroads, and he sold his soul to the devil at every one. His intimates and collaborators included Keith Richards, William Burroughs, Marianne Faithfull, Peter Fonda, Roger McGuinn, and Clarence White. Parsons led the Byrds to create the seminal country rock masterpiece "Sweetheart of the Rodeo," helped to guide the Rolling Stones beyond the blues in their appreciation of American roots music, and found his musical soul mate in Emmylou Harris. Parsons' solo albums, "GP" and "Grievous Angel," are now recognized as visionary masterpieces of the transcendental jambalaya of rock, soul, country, gospel, and blues Parsons named "Cosmic American Music." Parsons had everything-looks, charisma, money, style, the best drugs, the most heartbreaking voice-and threw it all away with both hands, dying of a drug and alcohol overdose at age twenty-six.
In this beautifully written, raucous, meticulously researched biography, David N. Meyer gives Parsons' mythic life its due. From interviews with hundreds of the famous and obscure who knew and worked closely with Parsons-many who have never spoken publicly about him before-Meyer conjures a dazzling panorama of the artist and his era.
Praise for Twenty Thousand Roads
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY "THE LOS ANGELES TIMES"
NAMED ONE OF THE FIVE BEST ROCK BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY "ROLLING STONE"
"Far and away the most thorough biography of Parsons . . . skewers any number of myths surrounding this endlessly mythologized performer."
"-Los Angeles Times"
"A terrific biography of a rock innovator that hums with juicy detail and wincing truth. . . . Page after page groans with the folly of the '60s drug culture, the tragedy of talent toasted before its time, the curse of wealth and the madness of wasted opportunity."
"-The Atlanta Journal-Constitution"
"The definitive account of Gram Parsons' life-and early death. From the country-rock pioneer's wealthy, wildly dysfunctional family through his symbiotic friendship with Keith Richards, Meyer deftly illuminates one of rock's most elusive figures."
"Meticulously researched . . . Though Meyer answers a lot of long-burning questions, he preserves Parsons' legend as a man of mystery."
""Meyer gives Parsons a thorough, Peter Guralnick-like treatment."
-"New York Post"
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