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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Jawbone; First Edition edition (1 Nov. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906002150
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906002152
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 2.1 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 519,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'An awe-inspiring work of scholarship ... cleverly structured ... with highly insightful commentary. If you want to know what made the 60s special,a s well as learning all about one of the greatest bands of that era, Hjort's your man.' 5/5 stars --Record Collector, January 2009

'Convincing and exhaustive, it's the ideal accompaniment for working through (or even starting) your Byrds collection.' 8/10 --Classic Rock, January 2009

'A new one-stop shop for all the facts, figures, triumphs and tragedies that sprung from The Byrds' troubled eight-year existence.The day-by-day format suits their story.' 3/5 stars --Mojo, January 2009

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Christopher Hjort is a rock historian who combines a love for popular music with an interest in typography and graphic design. In 2000, together with noted American researcher Doug Hinman, he published an acclaimed chronology of Jeff Beck's career, Jeff's Book. In 2007 Hjort wrote the acclaimed Strange Brew: Eric Clapton and The British Blues Boom 1965-1970.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. L. Ward on 4 Nov. 2008
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This is a 336 page, superbly documented chronicle and includes many photographs that I had never seen before. Up to now, the greatest authority on The Byrds has been Johnny Rogan's 'Timeless Flight Revisited', which I've heard, is going to reappear at some point in a vastly expanded fourth edition. Of course, Rogan's book remains unmatched for analysis and insight. But for contemporary press reports, very many long lost interviews, posters, set lists, recording sessions and a wealth of information you didn't know before, Christopher Hjort's volume is the real deal. But beware - you'll find it dangerously engaging!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By k gotheridge on 17 April 2013
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Very good book.
Lots of extra background info on other music and media events.
Great images of both the band and press clippings.
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By R. Andersen on 12 May 2014
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If you like the Byrds, this is a must have day by day account of the band. Buy now, right now.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By dongar on 6 May 2013
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Excellent day by day accounts of the Byrds and other associated artists, one of those rare books you can open anywhere and read.
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Freda Jane Ritchie on 29 Dec. 2012
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Have not had time to start reading it yet ,but I know of all the characters in this band and how they have developed since this book was written,thanks.
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