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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1216 pages
  • Publisher: Rogan House; 1st edition (November 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0952954087
  • ISBN-13: 978-0952954088
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 2.6 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #468,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In conclusion, I wholeheartedly recommend Johnny Rogan's book to all who want to learn about the Byrds!!!
So put on your favorite BYRDS' album and delve into this fine look at one of the best bands from an era of exciting music and cultural change.
Stuart Jefferson
Rogan's writing style here is more clear and concise than much of his other writing and his passion is apparent throughout.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Jefferson TOP 100 REVIEWER on December 8, 2011
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Hardcover-5 pages of Acknowledgements, 20 page Preface, 851 pages of text, 142 pages of Notes (which, if you want to learn even more, are worth reading), 21 pages of Byrds Sessionography, 5 pages of Byrds Unreleased Material, 43 pages of Byrds Discography, 58 pages of Byrds Bootlegs, 14 pages of Television Appearances/Videos/DVDS, and an Index. There's also 32 pages of b&w and color photos. Befitting a book of this size, there's a place-mark ribbon sewn into the book-a nice (and needed) touch.

If THE BYRDS are one of your favorite bands, chances are you've read (or at least heard about) author Johnny Rogan's previous works on the band. Rogan has spent many years researching the band, their music, and the period when THE BYRDS were making some great pop/rock/folk/folk-rock/country/country rock, that stands as some of the best music from that era. It's even more amazing when you consider that the group was made up primarily of "folkies", a died-in-the-wool bluegrass player, and a drummer who, in the beginning, played on cardboard boxes.

Rogan's previous works were seemingly about as in depth as a fan could wish for. But with this book (Vol. 1), Rogan has delved even deeper into the world of THE BYRDS and the never to be repeated era of the mid/late 60's (especially), when music (and just about everything else) was either changing or was ripe for change. From there Rogan looks at the changes in music-both in the band and other artists of the period. In a nutshell-if you've read his previous works on THE BYRDS (as I have), you'll still want to purchase this great book for Rogan's in depth look at the evolution of the culture of the times, the music industry, the bands, the musicians, and of course, the music.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. L. Ward on December 2, 2011
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The Byrds are an uncommonly fortunate band. Not only has their entire back catalogue been presented several times in a remastered, expanded and fully documented form, they have also featured prominently in the writings of some of the finest historians of popular music. All of this reflects both the profound influence that they had on other bands (including The Beatles) during the 60s and 70s, and the inspiration they have provided for subsequent generations. They are quite simply, timeless.

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.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By kvalois on January 6, 2012
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Johnny Rogan's book is, by far, the most comprehensive treatment of the subject. Although the Byrds never approximated the COMMERCIAL success of other "Hall of Fame" rock groups of the 1960s, they reaped almost universal critical praise for their contributions to rock music.

In fact, they never had more than about 7 "hit" singles on the Billboard charts and, rather surprisingly, earned only one platinum album (Byrds' Greatest Hits). Still, they were true pioneers of THREE genres of music: folk-rock, hard-rock, and country rock.

When I first heard those magical, chiming 12-string Rickenbacker notes in that classic opening riff of "Mr. Tambourine Man" in 1965, I became hooked. Through 1967, they remained a driving force in rock 'n' roll, producing masterpieces such as "Turn, Turn, Turn," "Eight Miles High," "So You Want to be a Rock'n'Roll Star," and others.

By that date, Gene Clark and David Crosby had departed and the group would undergo even more personnel changes. In 1973, Roger McGuinn, the guiding co-founder, finally dissolved the band to pursue a solo career.

Over the decades, notable music historians and critics have written about the Byrds' significance and legacy. Bud Scoppa wrote one of the first small books here and Richie Unterberger has produced some wonderful commentaries in various publications. Still, and weighing in at some 1,200 pages, no one has come close to an exhaustive analysis as Johnny Rogan.

Some have taken issue with some of his interpretations (claiming that he has taken McGuinn's side on many stories), but nobody can deny that Rogan's book is a first-rate opus. Here, diehard Byrds fans (like me) can find a seemingly endless array of "factoids" and anecdotes about their heroes.
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