"Gram Parsons’ legacy more than a lifetime in the making" by Peter Cooper, The Tennessean

Well, he’s not in the Country Music Hall of Fame, or the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

And he never had a hit record during a life that ended at age 26 after a drug overdose in Room 8 of the Joshua Tree Inn.

And he was thought of by many folks, including some of his closest friends, as a screwup who seldom saw an opportunity he couldn’t squander.

So why are there 10 available books about Gram Parsons’ life and music, when there’s not one full-length biography of Merle Haggard and only one of the Everly Brothers? Why will a bevy of musicians gather at Douglas Corner tonight to play Parsons’ songs at the Gram InterNational V show?

Why will author Bob Kealing — whose “Calling Me Home: Gram Parsons and the Roots of Country Rock” is now available via the University Press of Florida — be in town for the Douglas Corner event and for a book signing Saturday at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum?

A bunch of reasons, really.

Read the rest at: http://blogs.tennessean.com/tunein/2012/11/02/gram-parsons-legacy-m...

 

 

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