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

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Born to a wealthy Southern-Gothic family of alcoholics and suicides, Gram Parsons possessed a genius for the American sound. He led the Byrds to create the first country-rock album and taught the joys of American roots music to Mick Jagger. His album, Grievous Angel, remains a haunting masterpiece, but before it was released, Parsons, aged twenty-six, died from a lethal mix of morphine and barbiturates. Author David N. Meyer paints an unprecedented portrait of the man who brought together country music and rock and roll. Masterfully told, Twenty Thousand Roads is a dazzling evocation of an artist, his music and his times.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 592 pages
  • 130 x 192 x 40mm | 421.84g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Illustrations, ports
  • 074756583X
  • 9780747565833
  • 523,650

About David N. Meyer

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, Idahoshow more

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'A vivid, unravelling tragedy' The Times 'One of the best five rock books of 2008' Rolling Stone 'Meyer's definitive biography peels away the layers of myth to reveal the brief, bright life within' LA Times 20 Best Non-fiction Books of the Year 'Finally his life not only has a book to do it all justice, but possibly also a book that grabs the mantle of biography of the year - music-based or otherwise' Record Collectorshow more

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