By Bob Kealing
On September 19, 1973, Gram Parsons turned 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 by way of a morbid fascination together with his drug overdose within the Joshua Tree barren region on the age of twenty-six.
Known because the father of kingdom rock, Parsons performed with the overseas Submarine Band, The Byrds, and the Flying Burrito Brothers. within the past due Sixties and early 70s, he was once a key confidante of Keith Richards. In 1972, he gave Emmylou Harris her first great holiday. while Tom Petty re-formed his Florida storage band Mudcrutch, he invoked the identify of Gram Parsons as an notion. Musicians as diversified as Elvis Costello, Dwight Yoakam, Ryan Adams, Patty Griffin, and Steve Earle have additionally paid homage to alt-country's shopper saint.
In Calling Me Home, Kealing strains 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 through Parsons's kin 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 people mecca of Coconut Grove, Florida, from the birthplace of outlaw state 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