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

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A view of the music and life of Gram Parsons and his influence on country rock.
ebook, 296 pages
Published September 1st 2012 by University Press of Florida
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Michael Smith
Calling Me Home: Gram Parsons & The Roots of Country Rock
Bob Kealing
(University of Florida Press)

There have been a plethora of books written about Gram Parsons over the years, including a personal favorite of mine, Hickory Wind by Ben Fong Torres, so most of his story has been told. However, Bob Kealing manages to present a whole lot of new observations into the life of the man credited as being “the father of country rock.”
Kealing explores Parsons’ early days in depth, including his Flori
A long-needed and strong Southern piece of the Gram Parsons biography mosaic, this is a significantly more complicated portrait of Parsons and his contemporaries than I was expecting. You will learn a lot that you think you already know about the Georgia-Florida-South Carolina wellspring scenes of Parsons's careeningly successful proto-Trustafarian pursuit of the Cosmic American Musical Revelation. Kealing did his legwork as a researcher and interviewer. He goes lightly over most of the well-tro ...more
Jamie Beckett
Bob Kealing only touches on the salacious aspects of the Gram Parsons story, preferring instead to paint a vivid portrait of an actual living, breathing, human being with hopes, dreams, and demons. Those demons got hold of him and held tighter than Gram could handle, but he left a legacy and it's that story Kealing focuses on. Perhaps the best of the Gram Parsons biographies for my money. Intimate, accurate, well researched, and well written, Kealing keeps the reader turning pages until the end, ...more
I don't even know what to say about this book. It's very readable, and the author has done a great job pounding the pavement and coming back with a good deal of, if not obscure, solidly under-reported musical history. The stuff surrounding the fertile Florida youth center music scene is worth a book (or a dissertation?) all its own; it's really the most fascinating part of the book. And Gram Parsons's early years, including his college "years", are well-covered here. In fact, they're covered alm ...more
Garrett Cash
This is one of the finest music/country biographies I've read. Gram Parsons is criminally forgotten and this book provides a fascinating study of Gram's life and his music. Rather than focusing on his consuming vices in later years the book looks more closely at Gram's early years and the development of his art. Bravo!
cosmic American music primer ... good insights about the underappreciated Florida youth music scene of the sixties ... still read more like a cautionary tale of too much money and booze than a music book
A good solid bio with extra emphasis on Gram Parson's youth. The author is from Florida, so he goes into great detail about all the places young folkies could play and the cultural significance of living in a mansion in the middle of Cypress Gardens. Lots of interviews with people who knew Gram when and some hilarious photos of a very pretentious Harvard Gram. True fans will find new stuff here, but new fans should probably start elsewhere.
I really liked that Gram's story was intertwined with the history of the music. His story kept the book moving along.
Nothing new or earth-shattering but does a really nice job of filling in the story even more; focuses a great deal on Parsons' early years, helps puts later behavior in better perspective, without excusing any of it.
Rick Moore
Not bad. But nowhere near as interesting or as in depth as Twenty Thousand Roads a few years back.
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