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GRAM PARSONS BIBLIOGRAPHY


About This Bibliography

This Bibliography covers works on Gram Parsons. The Bibliographies Chapter contains separate Bibliographies covering the Byrds, 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.




Gram Parsons: A Music Biography by Sid Griffin. Courtesy Sierra Records.


Courtesy White Boucke Publishing.

Pamela DesBarres:
I'm With the Band: Confessions of A Groupie. (New York: Jove Books, 1988). 279 pp. ISBN: 0-515-09712-8. $4.99. Memoir of groupie non-pareil, who counts Chris Hillman and Gram Parsons among her friends.

Pamela DesBarres:
"Fallen Angel." In Rock Bottom: Dark Moments in Music Babylon. (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1996). 324 pp. ISBN: 0-312-14853-4. $24.95. Retelling of the Parsons story with a few insider insights.

Jan Donkers:
"Jan Donkers Interview." In Sid Griffin, ed., Gram Parsons: A Music Biography (3d ed.) (Pasadena, CA: Sierra Books, 1985). 189 pp. ISBN: 0-916003-01-9. $15.95. At 138 - 149. 1972 interview with Gram Parsons by Dutch music writer.

Ben Fong-Torres:
Hickory Wind: The Life and Times of Gram Parsons (New York: Pocket Books, 1991). 236 pp. ISBN: 0-671-70514-8. $9.00. A rock bio to rival any written for clarity of prose, depth of research, and insight into its subject. Highly recommended. Contains a good Parsons discography.

Holly George-Warren:
Liner Notes to Conmemorativo: A Tribute to Gram Parsons (Rhino, 1993) at pp. 1-5.

Jeffrey Gold:
Liner Notes to Farther Along (A&M, 1988) at pp. 3-5.

Sid Griffin, ed.:
Gram Parsons: A Music Biography (3d ed.) (Pasadena, CA: Sierra Books, 1985). 189 pp. ISBN: 0-916003-01-9. $15.95. A labor of love compiled by ex-Long Ryder / current Coal Porter Griffin, and an excellent complement to the Fong-Torres bio. Contains interviews with Parsons and many major figures from all periods of Parsons's career, including fellow International Submarine Band member John Nuese, Peter Fonda, Chris Hillman, and Emmylou Harris. Also contains a good Parsons discography.

Chris Hillman:
Liner Notes to Farther Along (A&M, 1988) at pp. 5-9.

Mark Holland:
"Ian Dunlop & the International Submarine Band Part 2." Cosmic American Music News Vol. 7 No. 2 (Fall/Winter '88/'89) at 22 - 23+.

Mark Holland:
"The CAMN Interview with Ian Dunlop Part 3." Cosmic American Music News Vol. 8 No. 1 (Fall/Winter '89/'90) at 14 - 15+.

Mark Holland:
"Ian Dunlop: The Last Time I Saw Gram. (The CAMN Interview with Ian Dunlop Part 4.)" Cosmic American Music News Vol. 9 No. 1 (Spring 1991) at 6.

Barney Hoskyns:
"The Good Ol' Boy." Mojo No. 56 (July 1998) at 70 - 88. Thorough retelling of the Parsons story.

Phil Kaufman and Colin White:
Road Mangler Deluxe (Glendale, CA: White Boucke Publishing, 1993). 328 pp. ISBN: 0-9625006-5-8. $12.95. A memoir from the man who stole the corpse of Parsons and burned it in the desert. Contains useful accounts of Parsons's death and its unlikely aftermath from Kaufman and others who were there. Also provides a glimpse into the relationship between Parsons and Keith Richards. Kaufman has been road manager for a raft of rock and country acts, and led a life of adventure and mayhem. His autobiography is full of outrageous tales about prison, Charles Manson, and his work for the Rolling Stones, Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris, Etta James, and Frank Zappa. This book can be obtained from the publisher for $12.95 plus $3.75 shipping for one copy (in the U.S. only). The address is White/Boucke Publishing, P.O. Box 400, Lafayette CO 80026, Tel (303) 604-0661, Fax (303) 604-0662. You can also order the book at the White Boucke Publishing Website. Inquiries about ordering outside the U.S. may be e-mailed to ordering@white-bouke.com.

Bud Scoppa:
"Burrito Deluxe." In Sid Griffin, ed., Gram Parsons: A Music Biography (3d ed.) (Pasadena, CA: Sierra Books, 1985). 189 pp. ISBN: 0-916003-01-9. $15.95. At 99 -111. 1970 interview with Gram Parsons by Rolling Stone's Byrds expert.

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