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"For Gene, it was all about the lyrics," states Einarson at the outset of his latest book on rock music. Einarson devotes several pages to exploring Clark's gene pool, dwelling on the singer's Native American blood. The tale spins on through Clark's recording of "Blue Ribbons" at the age of 14 to his move to California in 1963, when he joined the New Christy Minstrels. Einarson gives background on the musicians who, with Clark, would form The Byrds, focusing on their influences and the Folk music scene that brought them together. About a third of the volume is devoted to Clark's time with The Byrds, their formation, internal power struggles and reactions to sudden fame and fortune, often describing Clark as the "country boy in the big city." The rest of Einarson's story covers less familiar territory, including Gene Clark & The Group and the singer/songwriter's time with the Firebyrds in the 1980s, as Clark swam uneasily through the music world, keeping his head above water until his death from alcohol at the age of 46. The chatty prose is easy to read, and much of the book is quoted material from interviews with Clark's friends and relatives, who gave detailed accounts of personal relationships and contributed previously unpublished photographs. What emerges is a portrait of a talented, troubled man who was underappreciated as an artist, which Einarson attempts to remedy by stressing Clark's songwriting achievements. It's ironic, then, that Einarson chose his title from a song Clark did not pen. 30 b&w photos.
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An EXCEPTIONAL biography. My only complaint was the condensed type font the body copy was set in. Bad move on the designer's
part because eligibility was greatly compromised. Read more
Great book. Wear your most powerful reading glasses. The type is small. Looks to be well-written. Gene was a curious character. I never paid much attention. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Thomas
Very interesting as the only book on the enigmatic Gene Clark. Well researched and fascinating to read. Recommended highly! A couple quibbles though, from a fan of this book. Read morePublished 4 months ago by fritz kappler
As a teenager growing up in the 80s, I missed the 60s but loved the music. Through The Beatles and Bob Dylan I came upon The Byrds and bought Mr. Tambourine Man, their debut LP. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Rainydaywoman
This is an absorbing study of the life and music of the man who was the heart of the Byrds, as Roger McGuinn was their brain.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Gene Clark was my first cousin, his Mom & mine were sisters. He was several years older than me, but I remember he was in Tipton for a family reunion and I got his autograph (I... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Dana Branson
not scene I read the Book By Chuck Negron of Three Dog Night, have a read a book of just how wasted a great talent can get. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Warren C. Johnson
I found this book almost impossible to put down. It's massively readable, riveting and insightful. Although a fan of the Byrds, I was not very familiar with Gene's solo work, or... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Janie