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BYRDS BIBLIOGRAPHY


About This Bibliography

This Bibliography covers works about the Byrds as a band. There are separate Bibliographies covering the Burritos and the more significant band members (see the Navigation Bar); the rest are covered in a catchall for the Other Byrds. A separate Bibliography covers Related Topics, and a final Bibliography cites Music References. If a book is in print, most good bookstores can special order a copy for you with the ISBN number, which is provided. Throughout the text of ByrdWatcher you'll find notes and other citations with links to the entries in the various Bibliographies.



Full Circle: The Byrds Flavoured Fanzine. British superfan Chrissie Oakes publishes this great Byrdzine more or less twice a year. Every issue is jam-packed with news, interviews, reviews, features and assorted goodies. Regular contributors include such noted Byrd authorities as Johnny Rogan, Barry Ballard, Bill Wasserzieher, Ken Claybaugh and Jean-Pierre Morisset. For information on ordering, see the Full Circle ad on the ByrdWatcher Classifieds Page.



Lester Bangs:
"From Untitled Notes, 1981." Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung (New York: Random House, 1987) at 372 - 377.

Ken Claybaugh:
"The 'Hey Joe' File." Byrds Flyte Chronicles No. 8 (4th Quarter 1987) at 5 - 6. The complicated story of the song.

John Cohen:
"Interview with Roger (Jim) McGuinn of the Byrds." Sing Out! Vol. 18 No. 5 (December 1968) at 8 - 12.

Joe Deloro:
"Chimes of Freedom: Ringing Up the Byrds' Jangle Guitar Sound." Guitar Player (May 1997) at 57 - 66. Musical tips for getting that Byrdsy sound, with musical transcriptions.

Jim Dickson:
"In the Studio with the Byrds." In Liner Notes to Never Before (Murray Hill/CBS Special Products, 1989) at 9-11.

Dave DiMartino:
"Byrd Watching." Spin (April 1991) at 82-87.

Bruce Eder:
"The Byrds: Goin' Back." Goldmine (July 1, 1988) at 6-10 and (July 15, 1988) at 59-63++. Lengthy career retrospective on the occasion of the release of Never Before. Includes an excellent discography and price guide in Part Two.

Bruce Eder:
"Byrds Tree: An Historical Timeline." Liner Notes to The Byrds Boxed Set (Columbia/Legacy, 1990) at 30-37.

Dan Epstein:
"Their Back Pages." Guitar Player (May 1997) at 42 - 55. Recap of Byrds story with interviews of McGuinn and Crosby.

Pete Frame:
"Chapter One: Pre-Flight, 'Pre-Flyte,' Jet Sets, Beefeaters & Early Byrds." Zig Zag No. 27 (December 1972).

Pete Frame:
"Chapter Two: Byrdmania, Stardom, an English Trip (and the Effect of/on Bob Dylan)." Zig Zag No. 28 (February 1973).

David Fricke:
"An Historical Essay." Liner Notes to The Byrds Boxed Set (Columbia/Legacy, 1990) at 14-29.

David Fricke:
Liner Notes to Mr. Tambourine Man reissue (Columbia/Legacy, 1996).

David Fricke:
Liner Notes to Turn! Turn! Turn! reissue (Columbia/Legacy, 1996).

David Fricke:
Liner Notes to Fifth Dimension reissue (Columbia/Legacy, 1996).

David Fricke:
Liner Notes to Younger than Yesterday reissue (Columbia/Legacy, 1996).

David Fricke:
Liner Notes to Notorious Byrd Brothers reissue (Columbia/Legacy, 1997).

David Fricke:
Liner Notes to Sweetheart of the Rodeo reissue (Columbia/Legacy, 1997).

David Fricke:
Liner Notes to Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde reissue (Columbia/Legacy, 1997).

David Fricke:
Liner Notes to Ballad of Easy Rider reissue (Columbia/Legacy, 1997).

Sid Griffin:
"The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers." Mojo No. 41 (April 1997) at 47 - 51. The Byrds story from 1968 to 1973.

Bob Hyde:
"Never Before." In Liner Notes to
Never Before (Murray Hill/CBS Special Products, 1989) at 2-7.

In the Studio:
"Turn Your Radio On... In the Studio MC&H Interview." Full Circle No. 4 (Fall 1989) at 16 - 26. Transcript of interview for syndicated radio interview show.

Billy James:
Liner Notes to In the Beginning (Rhino, 1988) at 3-11.

Paul Lavin:
"In the McGuinning." The Guitar Magazine Vol. 7 No. 8 (June 1997) at 34 - 44.

Chrissie Oakes:
"Byrds -- Fame at Last!" Full Circle No. 9 (Spring 1991) at 7 - 10. The story on the induction of the Byrds into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Chrissie Oakes:
"Heard It Through the Grapevyne." Full Circle No. 10 (Fall 1991) at 3.

Sandy Pearlman:
"Beyond Andy Granatelli." Crawdaddy (August 1967) at 48 - 50.

Sandy Pearlman:
"Change Is Now." Crawdaddy (May 1968).

Steve Propes:
"Talking with Terry." Full Circle No. 17 (Spring 1994) at 27 - 28. Byrd-related excerpts from December 1993 interview with Terry Melcher.

Fred Robbins:
"So You Want to Be A Rock 'n' Roll Interviewer?" Full Circle No. 21 (Spring 1996) at 11 - 18. Transcript of promo interview for Fifth Dimension, including the questions, the answers to which appear on the 1996 reissue.

Johnny Rogan:
Timeless Flight Revisited: The Sequel (London: Rogan House, 1997). 720 pp. ISBN: 0-95295-401-x. 20.00; about US$35.00. Hardback. This book is not really a sequel but a "director's cut," and like most director's cuts, it's longer than the original release. More than twice as long, in this case, but that's all to the good if you're a fan of the Byrds. Rogan's updated book will certainly become the bible for all serious Byrdmaniacs. This version covers the entire history of the band and features lots of new research, which we can actually discern thanks to the inclusion of endnotes. An index also makes this hefty tome even easier to use than its shorter predecessors. An American release is planned, as is a softcover version. UK readers should be able to order it from book and CD shops. For those outside the UK who can't wait, the book states that mail order copies may be obtained from the following address: Rogan House, P.O. Box 12728, London SW1P 4FB, England. Write first about prices. I was able to obtain an imported copy quickly from an American CD shop called Music Machine: Phone # (410) 356-4567; e-mail: musimac@aol.com; website: www.musicmachine.com.

Johnny Rogan:
Timeless Flight (3d ed.) (Brentwood, Essex, UK: Square One Books, 1991). 278 pp. ISBN: 1-872747-00-0. $16.95. Some of the British language and perspectives will befuddle American fans, but anyone with an interest in the Byrds should track down this book, which is chock-full of information about the band and some provocative opinions about their music. Rogan follows the band members up to 1991. Features a useful sessionography and discography. Now out of print and since superseded by Timeless Flight Revisited.

Johnny Rogan:
"Once Upon A Time in the West." Mojo No. 41 (April 1997) at 36 - 46. The Byrds story from 1964 to 1967.

Johnny Rogan:
"Recollections Special: The Byrds." Record Collector No. 221 (January 1998) at 68 - 71. Behind the scenes look at the various iterations of Rogan's Byrds bio over the years.

John Rogan:
Song Notes to Original Singles 1965-1967, Volume 1 (Columbia, 1980).

Johnny Rogan:
Song Notes to Mr. Tambourine Man reissue (Columbia/Legacy, 1996).

Johnny Rogan:
Song Notes to Turn! Turn! Turn! reissue (Columbia/Legacy, 1996).

Johnny Rogan:
Song Notes to Fifth Dimension reissue (Columbia/Legacy, 1996).

Johnny Rogan:
Song Notes to Younger than Yesterday reissue (Columbia/Legacy, 1996).

Johnny Rogan:
Song Notes to Notorious Byrd Brothers reissue (Columbia/Legacy, 1997).

Johnny Rogan:
Song Notes to Sweetheart of the Rodeo reissue (Columbia/Legacy, 1997).

Johnny Rogan:
Song Notes to Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde reissue (Columbia/Legacy, 1997).

Johnny Rogan:
Song Notes to Ballad of Easy Rider reissue (Columbia/Legacy, 1997).

William Ruhlmann:
Review of The Byrds Boxed Set. Goldmine (January 11, 1991) at 7+. Review that identifies a host of flaws in the accompanying booklet.

William Ruhlmann:
"The Byrds: Round Trip." Goldmine (January 11, 1991) at 8-13. Another career retrospective from Golmine, this time on the occasion of the release of The Byrds Boxed Set.

Robert Santelli:
"The Byrds: A Retrospective." Relix (August 1983).

Bud Scoppa:
The Byrds (New York: Scholastic Book Services, 1971). 175 pp. No ISBN. Long out of print. Like most bios written for the teen market, this version of the Byrds' story is overly worshipful, cleaned up considerably (though not completely) for the youth, and, regrettably, not always accurate. More interesting as an artifact than useful as history. Still, author Scoppa is rightly credited as one of the band's biggest boosters in the rock press and has become the preferred critic of many Byrds fans.

Göran Tannfelt:
"Special Tribute to Gary Usher." Full Circle No. 7 (Summer 1990) at 11 - 19. Great interview originally published in Tannfelt's zine Surfers Rule and later reprinted here and in the Cosmic American Music News.

Derek Taylor:
"'Inside the Byrds': Personal Reflections." Liner Notes to The Byrds Boxed Set (Columbia/Legacy, 1990) at 38-47.

Neal Umphred:
"Among Those Afraid of Losing Their Ground: The Byrds on Record and Disc." Goldmine (January 11, 1991) at 14-28+. A critical examination of the Byrds' musical output.

Jon Young:
"Goin' Back with the Byrds." Musician (May 1991) at 42-46.


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