Twenty Thousand Roads
The Ballad of Gram Parsons and His Cosmic American Music
By David N. Meyer
Villard Books, Paperback, 9780345503367, 559pp.
Publication Date: September 16, 2008
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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"
"Far and away the most thorough biography of Parsons . . . skewers any number of myths surrounding this endlessly mythologized performer."
"-Los Angeles Times"
"A terrific biography of a rock innovator that hums with juicy detail and wincing truth. . . . Page after page groans with the folly of the '60s drug culture, the tragedy of talent toasted before its time, the curse of wealth and the madness of wasted opportunity."
"-The Atlanta Journal-Constitution"
"The definitive account of Gram Parsons' life-and early death. From the country-rock pioneer's wealthy, wildly dysfunctional family through his symbiotic friendship with Keith Richards, Meyer deftly illuminates one of rock's most elusive figures."
"Meticulously researched . . . Though Meyer answers a lot of long-burning questions, he preserves Parsons' legend as a man of mystery."
""Meyer gives Parsons a thorough, Peter Guralnick-like treatment."
-"New York Post"
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