Byrds: Requiem for the Timeless: Volume 1 Hardcover – 15 Dec 2011
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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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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.Read more ›
Those were the days indeed.
Ah, but I was so much older then. I'm younger than that now.
Dylan's words - but sung like no-one else could except The Byrds.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beautiful! Is volume 2 on the way? I should like more photos.Published 17 months ago by Carlo Pedrinelli
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". Read morePublished 18 months ago by Ses
If there was ever a book to persuade me to buy an e reader, this is it! It's so bulky it almost defies reading it comfortably. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Alan E. M. Lord