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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 20 September 2006
I recently re-bought a copy of this as my friend didn't return it. Not surprised - as every home should have one! I genuinely think it's the best rock biog ever written. Rogan's a brilliant writer who has the seemingly unique ability to take a wide view of events yet always take us to the centre of the action and he's super hot on the music too. Every song the Byrds did is commented upon not merely by Rogan but all the members of the band. The interview comments and stories of the band's tempestuous career are amazing and forthright and the characterization of each Byrd is fair and balanced. Rogan actually began this work in the mid-70s and he keeps returning to it, which is why this massive hardback is so thorough and definitive. He doesn't just add new chapters but completely rewrites the entire book! I can't recall anyb other writer in this field ever doing this - particularly over such a long period. The intro suggests Rogan will still be poring over this epic on his death-bed. For Byrds fans and general readers of rock history this is a must!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 1 January 2011
To call this book a 'sequel' to his 1980 original is like Honda calling the Fireblade superbike a 'sequel' to the CG125. The original 'Timeless Flight' was a well-written (but annoyingly not indexed) account of the Byrds and the post-Byrd careers of the founder members. 'Timeless Flight Revisited' is a meticulously researched, painstakingly annotated and cross-referenced encyclopaedia of all things Byrd. Another reviewer has commented (quite rightly) that although the original book ended on an optimistic note - mooting the possibility of a reformation of the original line-up - this book ends with two obituaries (Gene Clark and Michael Clarke) and is somewhat pessimistic. True enough, but unfortunately all Rogan is doing is reflecting events (two original Byrds are no longer with us - therefore there can never be a Byrds re-union, Q.E.D.).
The obituaries (especially Gene Clark's) are both moving and finely detailed, and could stand as fully-fleged works in their own right. Finally, as a life-long Byrds fan, I was surprised at my own reactions while reading this epic biography - for the first three quarters of the book my overriding impression was that Crosby was an as**ole of the highest order - by the last quarter I was marvelling at his ability to not only survive his gargantuan drug consumption, but to stay clean and mentor others. Despite myself I found myself feeling a new-found respect for a man I had considerd a demon in my view of Byrds history.
This book is a bible for Byrds fans, is essential reading for anyone interested in the development of rock in the 60's and 70's, and could be taken as the ultimate study text for any potential rock biographers.
Rogan has written a work of great worth here.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 30 March 2010
A must have for any Byrds fan. The information is minute in detail but at no stage does this make the book a difficult read. Given the various line up changes of the band I was always curious as to why these changes took place. Everything is covered. Fantastic!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 26 September 2006
I've been a Byrds fan since the 60s, but nothing prepared me for a book as brilliant as this! It must be the ultimate biography in popular music, stretching to over 700 pages with a page-turning account of one of the greatest stories in rock history. Rogan has interviewed everyone, and not just in the last few years. Many of his interviews are 30+ years old and he keeps going back over the years to reacquaint himself with the participants and add yet more drama. This is what really gives the book its authority. Some of the Byrds no doubt changed their views on each other over the years as Rogan clearly reveals. Sometimes they're bitter and aggressive, sometimes forgiving and understanding just like people in real life! Rogan gets them to talk about everything, no matter how painful. The writing is excellent too, highly authoritive but still readable. Although he's clearly obsessed with getting the truth of the story, it's the music that drives his passion. There's loads of stuff on every album, every song - enough to have you rushing back to the original records with a new understanding. Rightly acclaimed as one of the great rock reads, this is a story that never seems to age but becomes more fascinating and revealing with each passing decade. In a word: superb.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 16 July 2002
This is a fantastic story about how America's premiere folk-rock band was started.......David Crosby, Roger McGuinn and the rest of the band along with photographers, groupies, tour promoters etc.,take you on a fantastic psychedelic time-warp......Learn how Mr. Tambourine Man was given to The Byrds by Bob Dylan along with his blessing to record more of his material.....Learn about the many personnel changes within the group that eventually defined the "California-Rock" sound championed by The Eagles
If you love Rock Music, You HAVE to own this book !!!.....Oh yes.....One other thing......It's ONLY available from Amazon ( I know...I checked) so quit wasting time and order your copy today !!
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on 12 November 2011
They are younger than that now. Exhausting and exhaustive (over 700 pages) account of the great American group, who straddled so many genres of popular music. They were a band that had a egos way out of proportion to their popularity, but often the talent to match their claims. Everyone had talent: Crosby with his harmony and pretentiousness; McGuinn, with that jangling guitar, supporting a nasally Dylan impression; to the folkie voiced, would be country star, Gram Parsons; not to forget Chris Hillman (sorely neglected these days) and Gene Clark (whose reputation increases by the year).
Talent, harmony, drugs, great songs and performances, litigation and liver transplants, deaths and resurrections. It has got the lot and in Rogan they have a writer with the enthusiasm and literacy to retell their story in all its sordid lows and highs, but who never loses sight of their frailties and his humanity.
A must for fans of music and adventures in the great American dream.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 12 January 2007
I'm a great fan of Sixties music, especially the Beatles. The Byrds were great friends of the Fabs and their story and music is worth telling. Rogan's book is an epic, over 700 pages but it never suffers from repetition or rambling. The writing is fluid and skilful and the story is like a biblical epic full of triumphs, conflicts, deaths and tragedy... and fantastic music. I learned so much about the Byrds and was so impressed that I read the book again! Brilliant stuff.
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on 29 July 2011
How one reviewer gives this tome 2 stars is beyond me. The detail (as already described by others) is phenominal. The information at the rear, well about a third of the book actually, is very detailed the only problem maybe being that a fair chunk of it is unobtainable. A few remasterd albums are not included, but noting it was rewritten 1997 is not surprising so no excuse there, still one can easily slip in the details!
No, this is a true masterpeice, I have the original from the 80's and also the sequel. The smaller book is still useful as a shorter companion.
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on 4 September 2014
Goods exactly as described.Would highly recommend.
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1 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 13 April 2005
To Byrds fans who own the remastered Byrds discs: you may be tempted to buy this book after seeing Rogan's name in each disc's liner notes. Don't. It's poorly written, uninspiring, and incomplete (350 pages later). On top of all that, Rogan's work is undeniably biased which, to an extent, is understandable. Still, Rogan clearly doesn't understand country music (and the Byrd's later period). Again, this is somewhat understandable- most Brits don't.
If you don't believe me, know this: each Byrd has openly expressed his disallusionment with this work. If I have time, I'll write a Byrds book myself.
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