Every form of music has its fallen heroes – the artists whose careers had only just begun – with remarkable promise and inimitable skill – when they were suddenly, tragically over. The loss of Gram Parsons when he was just 26 years old has given rise to a community of fans dedicated to learning more about his unfortunately short-lived genius. So, adding to the cadre of books about the late, great Parsons, is a new tale titled Calling Me Home.
To get you in the spirit of the season, University Press of Florida and No Depression are "Calling You Home for the Holidays." Bob Kealing's new book Calling Me Home: Gram Parsons and the Roots of Country Rock focuses on Parsons's southern roots, influences and legacy from childhood to the end of his short but highly-influential career.
Using dozens of new primary source interviews, never before published letters, photos and family memoirs, Calling Me Home takes you on a road less travelled filled with surprises and revelations for those new to the Parsons saga to the most stalwart fans of the Grievous Angel.
To enter to win one of three signed copies of the book, leave a comment about what in Parsons's music at any phase of his career gives you a feeling of home. Or, just tell us what musical memories of your own call you home for the holidays. You don't have to write about Gram Parsons to win.
To enter this contest, simply scroll to the bottom of this page and leave your comment in the comment field. You have until 11:59 pm PST on Monday, Dec. 17, to enter. Three winners will then be chosen, contacted, and announced the following day.
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We also have an active Gram Parsons Group here on the ND site so check that out!