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Byrds: Requiem for the Timeless: Volume 1 Hardcover – 15 Dec 2011

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  • Hardcover: 1216 pages
  • Publisher: Rogan House (15 Dec. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0952954087
  • ISBN-13: 978-0952954088
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 6 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Byrds: Requiem for the Timeless: Volume 1 The most ambitious rock biography ever written, Rogan's epic study of the Byrds is the product of over 35 years work. It tells the complete story of the group, looking at every aspect of the Byrds' tragic lives, music and continuing importance. Full of dramatic intrigue, this saga includes a cast of thousands which includes David Crosby, Roger McGuinn, Gram Parsons and many more. Full description


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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. L. Ward on 2 Dec. 2011
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The Byrds are an uncommonly fortunate band. Not only has their entire back catalogue been presented several times in a remastered, expanded and fully documented form, they have also featured prominently in the writings of some of the finest historians of popular music. All of this reflects both the profound influence that they had on other bands (including The Beatles) during the 60s and 70s, and the inspiration they have provided for subsequent generations. They are quite simply, timeless.

If you are in any way, interested in The Byrds and their magnificent legacy, then you will be truly fascinated by Johnny Rogan's epic biography. It provides the most thorough analysis ever written about them or indeed any group. What exactly was that mid 60s ferment that enabled The Byrds to become such an important force? Why do five of their first six albums feature in 1001 ALBUMS TO HEAR BEFORE YOU DIE? How did their music come to evolve as quickly as it did and why was it so difficult for the wonderfully diverse talents of the individual members to remain harnessed within the group for very long? You'll be able to reflect upon these and a myriad of other questions as you make your own journey through a very special world.

If you are already familiar with Rogan's previous work, you'll be aware that we have already seen three editions of 'Timeless Flight', each more informative than the last. But I would urge the prospective reader to think of 'Requiem For The Timeless' as being much more than a mere fourth edition. Its 1200 pages compare spectacularly with the 720 of 'Timeless Flight Revisited' from the late 90s and we see amongst many other jewels, an even more detailed and insightful examination of the music. We gain an ever deeper appreciation of an amazing paradox.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. W. Riggs on 27 Nov. 2011
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Over 1,000 pages (incl notes, discography & index) seems over the the top for a group that peaked over 40 years ago? But as this superb book demonstrates there's more to their history, roots and influences. Reading this book re-ignited my love of The Byrds music and especially the enigma of Crosby, Gene Clark & McGuinn. Johnny Rogan obviously loves the music and their story as he's dedicated years to this book, his evocative preface is worth the price alone. If you have any Byrds records this is essential or an interest im popular music then buy this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bopperle on 19 Feb. 2015
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This book opened up the music of the Byrds for me like no other, and I've read a few. Rogans' love and enthusiasm for the music is infectious and it's cost me a small fortune in CDs and downloads and it has been worth every penny. On that count alone the book is worth reading. But that is only half the story.
Rogan succeeds in painting a very sympathetic picture of each and every one of the characters involved in this story. I have rarely read a music biography that goes into this much depth.
I almost didn't buy this book. There is a lot of it and I didn't consider myself a hardcore Byrds fan. Johnny Rogan has completely changed the way I look and listen to this band.
And don't be put off by the page count. It's a remarkably easy read.
I'm now desperately hoping volume 2 won't be long in coming.
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By Ses on 25 Feb. 2015
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I love this book. It is huge in length and packed with information, but personally I pick it up when I want a "Byrd-fix". It doesn't take long for you to be transported back to the excitement of the Byrds in the mid to late 60s when they were constantly breaking new ground and every day was exciting and unpredictable. Whether you are interested in the band, or the music itself, there is so much to gain from buying this book.
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This is indeed a Requiem for the Timeless. Fantastic book that catches the zeitgeist and gives detail on the musicology and biography of everyone who was anyone in relation to the Byrds. It has given me a new found understanding of every recording that they ever made, plus a sadness that they could have achieved so much more. Lots of detail but there is always a narrative to bind it all together.
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