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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida (September 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813042046
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813042046
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #395,435 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A Top Music Book of 2013"
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"I am utterly blown away by Calling Me Home.
It's masterful"
-Bobby Braddock, Country Music Hall of Fame Songwriter
Author, Down in Orburndale, A Songwriter's Youth in Old Florida.

"Bob Kealing's Calling Me Home takes the reader from the present to the past and back again, conveying a vivid document of Gram Parsons's life and career...There are lots of surprises."
-Holly George-Warren, author Public Cowboy #1: The Life and Times of Gene Autrey


"Thankfully, Kealing forgoes the familiar to dig deeper in 'Calling Me Home,'...a welcome new definition of a cult figure who is long overdue for one."

Jim Abbott, Orlando Sentinel, Tribune Newspapers

"Kealing has drawn on dozens of new interviews, uncovering information that even Gram Parsons' most rabid fans will find fresh and revealing."

Dave Carew, Underground Nashville

"Mesmerizing...Kealing offers a compulsively readable and intimate portrait."

Henry L. Carrigan Jr., Bookpage

"Bob Kealing has done some fine original reporting...breaks some new ground on a story of as vital and original a musician as this country has produced."

Jeff Baker, The Oregonian

From the Author

Calling Me Home sits at a crossroads between Literary Journalism and little-known Southern history; a place where I've always loved to be.

With many new primary source interviews of Gram Parsons's family, friends, love interests and collaborators from every phase of his life and career, letters and memoirs from Parsons and his sister "Little Avis," and rare photographs and memorable discoveries, even stalwart fans will find new things within these pages. This is not a Parsons biography per se, there are several fine ones in print. This is a literary journey to the heart of the Cosmic American South where Parsons's love of music caught fire seeing iconic Elvis, he wrote his first songs, played in garage bands, and eventually returned to make his most historic recording with the Byrds. Years later, when Parsons hit his stride with musical soul mate Emmylou Harris, it was in the South that Parsons's vision received its first warm receptions.

No more should Gram Parsons be defined by the legend that blew up surrounding his premature death in the California desert and the tragicomic events that came after.
  
Calling Me Home
dwells mostly in the "Low Country" where Gram Parsons's legacy as a pioneering visionary is celebrated, and his music still holds a kind of transformative, healing power. You'll see.
As a working journalist in Orlando, I toiled on this book in my spare time while covering the sensational Casey Anthony drama from the first day until the end of her controversial trial. This book was a most welcome change of pace.
I'm proud to share with you the fruits of five years of research, travels, interviews and writing

More About the Author

Thanks for stopping by my author page. My latest book, Calling Me Home: Gram Parsons and the Roots of Country Rock(University Press of Florida) is now out in hardback and ebook. This book is comprised primarily of new interviews and primary source materials. Even if you're a stalwart fan, there are many new things: the story behind the so-called Harvard photos and how Gram attracted a Life magazine shoot when still a teen-ager, a major revelation about Gram's family that brings new context to one of the biggest tragedies in his life, quotes from a memoir written by his sister Avis, and a brand new interview with Jim Stafford on what he now remembers about giving Gram the advice to "go country." It's been a rewarding journey in to the heart of Cosmic America. I was also honored to write liner notes for the late Country Music Hall-of-Famer Charlie Louvin's 2010 live tribute album to Gram Parsons. I interviewed Charlie twice for my new book.
With the passage of time, you'll see how those close to Gram have emerged from their own demons of addiction, and how his tranformative music and pioneering legacy, continue to be validated.

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From what I have read, Gram Parsons was truly an enigma.
Shawn
And while there have been some fine bios written about him, this is the one I can read and say, 'yeah, that's the way it really was.'
Jim
This book brought back many fond memories of my youth in the teen centers around Polk County and at the Derry Down during the 60s.
Ann C. Vassiliou

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Jim on September 6, 2012
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In all modesty, I believe my name appears in most, if not all, of the Gram Parsons biographies. I've certainly been interviewed many times for dozens of articles and books about Gram. And while there have been some fine bios written about him, this is the one I can read and say, 'yeah, that's the way it really was.' This thoughtfully written work accurately portrays and chronicles so many insightful vignettes and humorous (finally) episodes from Gram's formative years through his musical apotheosis. Kealing's writing took me back all those decades ago and evokes so many vivid memories. And I'm happy to say that this book doesn't dwell on the sensational events surrounding Gram's death. Instead, Bob Kealing presents a story that's been overlooked or perhaps dismissed by many of Gram's other biographers. Yes, the reader gets to look behind the curtain of a trust fund kid's life in the Old South but the author doesn't discount the "Happy Days" that Gram and the rest of us enjoyed. Gram was a great artist who grew up in some extraordinary circumstances, but in so many ways he was just another normal kid who loved girls, cars and rock and roll. If that's not normal, I don't know what is.

I think what impresses me the most about this book is Kealing's relentless dedication to unearthing the real Gram Parsons. He's uncovered stories and has found friends, family and acquaintances that none of the other G.P. biographers have. He got the story. It's not sugar-coated, nor is it exaggerated. It's the honest and comprehensive chronicle of a prescient and very hip young artist. Moreover, it's a fascinating story that illuminates not just Gram Parsons but also the garage band scene in Every Town, U.S.A. in the early Sixties. Do yourself a favor. Get this one. It's a great read.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Becky G. on September 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Bob Kealing is an award-winning reporter for the NBC affiliate in Orlando, Florida, who spent years finding long lost friends and family of Gram Parsons as well as incredible old photos in order to write a "well-balanced" story of Gram's life almost 40 years after his death. Instead of focusing on the sensationalism of his "departure" as have many other authors, Bob tells the story of Gram's experiences in the music world starting in chlldhood in Waycross, Georgia, and how those experiences helped shape the musician he became. The influence Gram's music has had on future musicians is uncanny considering the brief 26 years of his life. Gram was my step/adopted brother who died way, way too soon, and I think Bob Kealing did a remarkable job of telling the true story...
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Billy Ray Herrin on September 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I have been teaching folks about Gram's life and importance in music history ever since his death in Sept. 19, 1973. I helped Ben Fong Torres, Jason Walker, David Meyer, The BBC and many other writers in their research throughout the past almost 39 years now. "Calling Me Home" is one of the best and most compassionate Gram Parsons bios ever written. Bob Kealing went on a mission to tell Gram's story from a different angle than had been done by other writers. He captured some very deep and personal history that had been missed in the past. I truly enjoyed this book and meeting and helping Bob with the research. Every Gram fan and anyone else who wants to learn some music history should own "Calling Me Home" "Gram Parsons And The Roots Of Country Rock".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Filippazzo on October 2, 2012
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This book focuses on the early years mostly of Gram's career..and you'd think it'd be boring, but like Stones Author Stanley Booth, he makes the early life of this great/tragic artist come alive..word for word, a paragraph reads like an entire page!It's THAT interesting, and I've read my share of GP/music books! Along the way, there's a shocking revelation or two that puts this book ahead of the rest,Gram'story is not over yet!!Mind you,this book is a FAST read,and will only make you want more.We're coming up on the 40th anniversary of this star's passing next year, and this book is a great way to get acquainted or re-acquainted with him..He deserves WAY more recognition than he's given.Gram Parsons has done with me the seemingly IMPOSSIBLE..making me LIKE country music.A MUST BUY, and sign the petition to bring his name home, where it belongs..in the Country Music Hall of Fame..[...]
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Shawn on September 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover
In my home library there are five books exclusively written about the life and music of Gram Parsons. As well as numerous music books such as Byrds biographies and others that discuss him at some length. So it would be understandable to wonder if another one on the subject of Gram Parsons was really warranted. Well, when they're researched as exhaustively and are as well-written as this one is, the answer is definitely Yes!

Writer Bob Kealing interviews family members, friends and musicians close to Gram Parsons from his early childhood and throughout his entire life. For many interviewed, I believe this is the first they have talked about Gram this extensively and openly, if at all in the past. The fact that Mr. Kealing was able to elicit as much detail and emotion from those he talked to, is the sign of a great interviewer.

From what I have read, Gram Parsons was truly an enigma. This may be why he frustrated so many people around him. His music is called country rock, however most of his music (with the exception of a few Flying Burrito Brothers tracks) is really classic country, but truly original. That is why the songs stand up so well today when they are 40 years old or more. He was a Christian who loved gospel music, but often lived a decidely different lifestyle. His singing voice: some have said it was sometimes slightly off pitch and I have musician friends who don't care for it and don't understand his appeal. Other people, I believe the majority that truly listen, are taken with the expressiveness and emotion in his voice. In the book friends say that it was hard to really get close to him personally, but he certainly wasn't afraid to pour his emotions out in his words and music.
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