By Bob Kealing
On September 19, 1973, Gram Parsons grew to become one more rock-and-roll casualty in an period of extra, a time whilst younger males wore their harmful behavior like badges of honor. regrettably, his many musical accomplishments were overshadowed via a morbid fascination along 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 foreign Submarine Band, The Byrds, and the Flying Burrito Brothers. within the past due Nineteen Sixties and early 70s, he used to be a key confidante of Keith Richards. In 1972, he gave Emmylou Harris her first substantial holiday. whilst Tom Petty re-formed his Florida storage band Mudcrutch, he invoked the identify of Gram Parsons as an thought. Musicians as different as Elvis Costello, Dwight Yoakam, Ryan Adams, Patty Griffin, and Steve Earle have additionally paid homage to alt-country's customer saint.
In Calling Me Home, Kealing lines the complete arc of Parsons's occupation, emphasizing his Southern roots. Drawing on dozens of latest interviews in addition to infrequent letters and images supplied via Parsons's family members and mythical photojournalist Ted Polumbaum, Kealing has exposed evidence that even the main stalwart Parsons fanatics 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 kingdom 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