Twenty Thousand Roads: The Ballad of Gram Parsons and His Cosmic American Music

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Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2008 - 592 pages
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Born to a wealthy Southern-Gothic family of alcoholics and suicides, Parsons possessed an outsized appetite for self-destruction and a singular genius for the American sound. He led the Byrds to create the first country-rock album, founded the acclaimed Flying Burrito Brothers, and taught the joys of American roots music to Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Emmylou Harris. His second solo album, Grievous Angel, remains a masterpiece of country soul. Before it was released, Parsons, aged 26, - brilliant, glamorous and doomed, died of a heroin overdose.

Twenty Thousand Roadspaints an unprecedented portrait of the man who brought together country music and rock and roll, dispelling the myths and telling a story even wilder than the mythology. Drawing on profound knowledge of the era's music and hundreds of interviews - many with friends, musical partners and lovers who have never spoken before - author David Meyer creates a compelling biography and a rich history of a crucial period in American style, drugs and rock music. Meticulously researched and masterfully told, Twenty Thousand Roadsis a dazzling evocation of an artist, his music and his times.

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Review: Twenty Thousand Roads: The Ballad of Gram Parsons and His Cosmic American Music

User Review  - Terri White - Goodreads

This book haunts me. The author exhaustively researched Parsons' tragic life, from birth to death. The story begins with his tragic family - a father's suicide when Gram was just 12 years old, an ... Read full review

Review: Twenty Thousand Roads: The Ballad of Gram Parsons and His Cosmic American Music

User Review  - Jason - Goodreads

He could break your heart with a song. Gram Parsons was a brilliant musician with an encyclopedic knowledge of American roots music. He was easier on the eyes than most and, thanks to his trust fund ... Read full review

About the author (2008)

David Meyer is the author of The Best 100 Films to Rent You've Never Heard Of and A Girl and a Gun: The Complete Guide to Film Noir on Video. An Adjunct Professor in Cinema Studies at the New School for Social Research, he lives in New York City and Ketchum, Idaho

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