By Bob Kealing
On September 19, 1973, Gram Parsons turned yet one more rock-and-roll casualty in an period of extra, a time whilst younger males wore their risky behavior like badges of honor. regrettably, his many musical accomplishments were overshadowed by means of a morbid fascination together with his drug overdose within the Joshua Tree desolate tract on the age of twenty-six.
Known because the father of state rock, Parsons performed with the overseas Submarine Band, The Byrds, and the Flying Burrito Brothers. within the overdue Nineteen Sixties and early 70s, he used to be a key confidante of Keith Richards. In 1972, he gave Emmylou Harris her first enormous holiday. whilst Tom Petty re-formed his Florida storage band Mudcrutch, he invoked the identify of Gram Parsons as an thought. Musicians as assorted as Elvis Costello, Dwight Yoakam, Ryan Adams, Patty Griffin, and Steve Earle have additionally paid homage to alt-country's purchaser saint.
In Calling Me Home, Kealing lines the whole arc of Parsons's occupation, emphasizing his Southern roots. Drawing on dozens of latest interviews in addition to infrequent letters and pictures supplied via Parsons's family members and mythical photojournalist Ted Polumbaum, Kealing has exposed evidence that even the main stalwart Parsons lovers will locate revealing.
Travelling from Parsons' boyhood domestic in Waycross, Georgia, to the southern folks mecca of Coconut Grove, Florida, from the birthplace of outlaw nation in Austin, Texas, to the Ryman auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee Kealing celebrates Parsons's undying and transformative musical legacy.
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Calling Me Home: Gram Parsons and the Roots of Country Rock by Bob Kealing