As a singer and songwriter, Gram Parsons stood at the nexus of countless musical crossroads, and he sold his soul to the devil at every one. His intimates and collaborators included Keith Richards, William Burroughs, Marianne Faithfull, Peter Fonda, Roger McGuinn, and Clarence White. Parsons led the Byrds to create the seminal country rock masterpiece Sweetheart of the Rodeo, helped to guide the Rolling Stones beyond the blues in their appreciation of American roots music, and found his musical soul mate in Emmylou Harris. Parsons’ solo albums, GP and Grievous Angel, are now recognized as visionary masterpieces of the transcendental jambalaya of rock, soul, country, gospel, and blues Parsons named “Cosmic American Music.” Parsons had everything–looks, charisma, money, style, the best drugs, the most heartbreaking voice–and threw it all away with both hands, dying of a drug and alcohol overdose at age twenty-six.
In this beautifully written, raucous, meticulously researched biography, David N. Meyer gives Parsons’ mythic life its due. From interviews with hundreds of the famous and obscure who knew and worked closely with Parsons–many who have never spoken publicly about him before–Meyer conjures a dazzling panorama of the artist and his era.
Praise for Twenty Thousand Roads
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE LOS ANGELES TIMES
NAMED ONE OF THE FIVE BEST ROCK BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY ROLLING STONE
_25E2_2580_259CFar and away the most thorough biography of Parsons . . . skewers any number of myths surrounding this endlessly mythologized performer._25E2_2580_259D
–Los Angeles Times
_25E2_2580_259CA terrific biography of a rock innovator that hums with juicy detail and wincing trut052BA9F45F
–The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
_25E2_2580_259CThe definitive account of Gram Parsons_25E2_2580_2599 life_25E2_2580_2593and early de030571C4EB
_25E2_2580_259CMeticulously researched . . . Though Meyer answers a lot of long-burning questions, he preserves Parsons_25E2_2580_2599 legend as a man of mystery._25E2_2580_259D
_25E2_2580_259CMeyer gives Parsons a thorough, Peter Guralnick-like treatment._25E2_2580_259D
–New York Post
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