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PostPosted: Thu Oct 21, 2010 7:33 pm    Post subject: Gram Parsons Reply with quote

Anyone else a fan of him? I listened to him for the first time this weekend and immediately went and bought the album GP.Great stuff. It's cool that Ronnie Tutt (Legion Of Mary, JGB) drummed on some songs on the album and for most of his last tour in 1973.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 22, 2010 8:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes. Gram Parsons was a force of nature. Apparently an unreliable prick, but super talented. Pretty much invented country-rock.
If you like what you heard I suggest you buy The Byrds - Sweetheart of the Rodeo. He joined the band and they promptly churned out this classic album, which has his stamp all over it. He sings about 1/3 of the songs. Also check out the 1st two Flying Buritto Brothers albums. Or buy "Farther Along - the Best Of The Flying Burrito Bros. which i think is basically those 2 albums. Burritos were essentially his band, until they kicked him out. Then he started hanging out too much with Keith Richards, put out those solo albums (Grevious Angel is excellent too) then OD'ed, and Phil Kaufman stole his coffin and burned his body in Joshua Tree. Bizarre end to his life. There is a really good live album he cut at a radio station in Long Island called The Fallen Angels Live 1973.
If you want to learn more about him there is a good documentary that came out a few years ago. There is also a terrible movie with Johnny Knoxville playing Phil Kaufman, about the coffin stealing incident.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 22, 2010 9:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've heard that he was the drug dealer to the Rolling Stones for a time, and that's one reason they were so close, and one reason that they let him release a (pretty good) cover version of "Wild Horses." This could just be myth though. His life is inextricably linked to drugs.
Love his version of "Sing Me Back Home."
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 22, 2010 10:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Give this one a try. From Capt Willard.

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This is really a good album!
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 22, 2010 1:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cheesebeer wrote:
I've heard that he was the drug dealer to the Rolling Stones for a time, and that's one reason they were so close, and one reason that they let him release a (pretty good) cover version of "Wild Horses." This could just be myth though. His life is inextricably linked to drugs.
Love his version of "Sing Me Back Home."

He wasn't a dealer - you might be mixing him up with "Spanish Tony" Sanchez who wrote Up and Down with the Rolling Stones- Gram and Keith just hit it off and became fast friends. They both enjoyed self-medication and jamming together. I would say hanging out at Keith's chateau in the south of France during the Exile sessions was not the smartest career move though....

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 23, 2010 7:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Duderino wrote:
cheesebeer wrote:
I've heard that he was the drug dealer to the Rolling Stones for a time, and that's one reason they were so close, and one reason that they let him release a (pretty good) cover version of "Wild Horses." This could just be myth though. His life is inextricably linked to drugs.
Love his version of "Sing Me Back Home."

He wasn't a dealer - you might be mixing him up with "Spanish Tony" Sanchez who wrote Up and Down with the Rolling Stones- Gram and Keith just hit it off and became fast friends. They both enjoyed self-medication and jamming together. I would say hanging out at Keith's chateau in the south of France during the Exile sessions was not the smartest career move though....


There's a Gram Parson's boxed set that is worth the price of admission.

I saw a good documentary about him that had, as one of its threads, the problems he ran into as a result of being a trust fund baby. It freed him from a lot of the constraints his peers had to deal with, but also got him into trouble. The trust fund money was what allowed him to run off to Europe and hang with the Stones. A musician who was hanging out with him before he left (I forget who it was) said Gram invited him to come along, but the friend needed to find work, so he passed on the offer. Then, while Gram was idling with the Stones, the friend joined up with some other musicians and formed a band called The Eagles. It was, as you can see, a cautionary tale about trust funds. I'm glad I don't have one. Laughing

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2010 8:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Zephyr wrote:
Duderino wrote:
cheesebeer wrote:
I've heard that he was the drug dealer to the Rolling Stones for a time, and that's one reason they were so close, and one reason that they let him release a (pretty good) cover version of "Wild Horses." This could just be myth though. His life is inextricably linked to drugs.
Love his version of "Sing Me Back Home."

He wasn't a dealer - you might be mixing him up with "Spanish Tony" Sanchez who wrote Up and Down with the Rolling Stones- Gram and Keith just hit it off and became fast friends. They both enjoyed self-medication and jamming together. I would say hanging out at Keith's chateau in the south of France during the Exile sessions was not the smartest career move though....


There's a Gram Parson's boxed set that is worth the price of admission.

I saw a good documentary about him that had, as one of its threads, the problems he ran into as a result of being a trust fund baby. It freed him from a lot of the constraints his peers had to deal with, but also got him into trouble. The trust fund money was what allowed him to run off to Europe and hang with the Stones. A musician who was hanging out with him before he left (I forget who it was) said Gram invited him to come along, but the friend needed to find work, so he passed on the offer. Then, while Gram was idling with the Stones, the friend joined up with some other musicians and formed a band called The Eagles. It was, as you can see, a cautionary tale about trust funds. I'm glad I don't have one. Laughing

I think you are talking about Bernie Leadon. He was the guitar player in the Flying Burrito Bros. who left to form the Eagles.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2010 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A few links that may be of interest.

Gram and Keef trippin':
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Exile (unfortunately it looks like the pics may have been removed):

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Gram and Nudie Cohn:

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Poke around the Selvedge Yard. A break blog with a lot of other interesting posts.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2010 10:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

meant to say "great" blog - don't know what happened to the fingers ....

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2010 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Man, those pics are awesome. Some of those other photo blogs when you cursor down the page are great too - HST, Mick Taylor, Allmans.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2010 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yeah, that blog is great. thanks for the pointer!

As for Gram, well, I get why he's a big deal, but I never hopped on that train myself. I like a lot of his songs, I like the Burritos, I like that he sang with Emmylou Harris, but somehow it never all adds up for me the way that it does with so many other musicians that I love...

But I'm always willing to give it another try Smile
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