Calling Me Home: Gram Parsons and the Roots of Country Rock

Calling Me Home: Gram Parsons and the Roots of Country Rock

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by Bob Kealing
     
 

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“Takes the reader from the present to the past and back again, conveying a vivid document of Gram Parsons’s life and career, as well as those who played essential roles in the country-rock pioneer’s journey. There are lots of surprises along the way.”—Holly George-Warren, author of Public Cowboy No. 1: The Life and Times of Gene

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“Takes the reader from the present to the past and back again, conveying a vivid document of Gram Parsons’s life and career, as well as those who played essential roles in the country-rock pioneer’s journey. There are lots of surprises along the way.”—Holly George-Warren, author of Public Cowboy No. 1: The Life and Times of Gene Autry

 “Has a great narrative velocity. Even though we know how this story is going to end—tragically, of course—Kealing keeps us turning the page as we follow Gram Parsons through his short, rich life.”—William McKeen, author of Outlaw Journalist: The Life and Times of Hunter S. Thompson

 “I could almost hear the music coming from those now-dilapidated buildings where Gram Parsons received his musical education. Bob Kealing makes them come alive as he explores the faces and places that turned Parsons from a southern-bred trust fund child into a self-destructive yet visionary musical pioneer.”—Jeffrey M. Lemlich, author of Savage Lost: Florida Garage Bands: The ’60s and Beyond

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“The most well-rounded, most multi-dimensional picture we’ve ever had of the visionary yet maddeningly complex musician. . . . If you read just one biography of Gram Parsons, make sure it’s this one.”—Underground Nashville

“Kealing’s skilled reporting uncovers new twists in the Parsons narrative. It’s a worthy addition even to a bookshelf already groaning with Gram bios, and it’s best read with Parson’s music playing in the background.”—Nashville Tennessean

“A sympathetic human portrait of the man that neither glosses over nor sensationalizes him.”—Detroit Metro Times

“Looks beyond the melodrama at the musical influences that Parsons absorbed and the ones that he passed along to pals such as Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones.”—Orlando Sentinel

“A compulsively readable and intimate portrait of a young man who introduced the pure strains of country stars such as the Louvin Brothers and Merle Haggard to musicians like Bernie Leadon of the Eagles and Chris Hillman.”—Engine 145

“Follows Parsons through a succession of teenage bands and juvenile collaborations, visiting along the way many of the places . . . where in the early ‘60s there was a flourishing if mostly undocumented music scene.”—Uncut Magazine

“Read it for the tragic tale of a local boy who flew too close to the sun, and use it as a reference for, and introduction to, the thriving music scene in our neck of the woods during the 1960s.”—Florida Times-Union

“Illuminates new parts of the myth, deepens the story and further underscores that plaintive, high lonesome voice singing ‘In My Hour of Darkness.’”—REAL SOUTH Magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813042046
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
Publication date:
09/23/2012
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
1,259,189
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.97(d)

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