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The Byrds: Timeless Flight Revisited: The Sequel Hardcover – January 1, 1998

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  • Hardcover: 735 pages
  • Publisher: Rogan House; New edition (January 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 095295401X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0952954019
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 2.4 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,316,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Compton Roberts on July 29, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Johnny Rogan's "The Byrds: Timeless Flight Revisited: The Sequel" is really a third edition of his 10 year-old "Timeless Flight", but expanded to cover practically every release, re-release, death and newsworthy event concerning the former members of The Byrds in the ensuing years. It is exhaustive in its scope and can safely be called complete, at least until all of the original members are dead. Everything a Byrds fanatic or pop musicologist might want to know is covered in loving detail. The extensive interviews, many conducted first-hand by Rogan himself, are relevatory. His knowledge of the musical scene and social milieu of the 1960s California rock scene frames his biography effectively, adding a context in which this group's considerable achievements can be evaluated. There are many wonderful photographs of the group members, in glorious black and white, from every stage in their careers . Also, Rogan has included a thorough discography (including bootlegs and solo ventures), videography and a sessionography from 1965 to 1972. This isn't a biography about The Byrds and their nine year history, but a document of the lives and careers of the former members. In effect, it is the most comprehensive look at a rock group probably ever produced. Rogan's clinical eye for detail informs every aspect of his writing; I don't doubt the authenticity of his assertions or research. But, his actual writing style, though certainly lively, tends to gush at times, letting sentiment sway critical judgement. Sometimes, however, for an objective critic, he reveals too much of himself and his biases. Much of the time, though, his criticism is on the mark, especially if you are already familiar with the group's canon.Read more ›
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Philip S. Wolf on December 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This huge book really gives a informative and well-researched take on the amazing story of America's greatest folk-rock band of the sixties and early seventies.

I will echo what the other reviewers have already stated and say that this book is a Great Read! If you want to gain insight to the lives of Roger McQuinn, Chris Hillman, David Crosby, Gene Clark & Michael Clarke this is the proper place to learn the whole story. The life of this band spans only seven years, (1965-1972) but this book continues in telling the story up through the early 1990's when Michael Clarke & Gene Clark, both passed away.

Again, if you are a fan of this band and want the details, this is THE book to own about The Byrds...Five Stars !!!
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By tjs001 on April 26, 2000
Format: Hardcover
...you MUST track down a copy of this! Johnny Rogan is a Byrds fanatic and expert..no..THE expert and must have spent his youth as a fly on the wall of whatever building the Byrds were in! This edition is actually the third version of Rogan's bio. It's huge. It's definitive. It's brilliantly written. It's..er..out of print! Try the UK if you luck out here. TRACK IT DOWN!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Stephen Reid on January 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
To call this book a 'sequel' to his 1980 original is like Honda calling the Fireblade superbike a 'sequel' to the CG125. The original 'Timeless Flight' was a well-written (but annoyingly not indexed) account of the Byrds and the post-Byrd careers of the founder members. 'Timeless Flight Revisited' is a meticulously researched, painstakingly annotated and cross-referenced encyclopaedia of all things Byrd. Another reviewer has commented (quite rightly) that although the original book ended on an optimistic note - mooting the possibility of a reformation of the original line-up - this book ends with two obituaries (Gene Clark and Michael Clarke) and is somewhat pessimistic. True enough, but unfortunately all Rogan is doing is reflecting events (two original Byrds are no longer with us - therefore there can never be a Byrds re-union, Q.E.D.).
The obituaries (especially Gene Clark's) are both moving and finely detailed, and could stand as fully-fleged works in their own right. Finally, as a life-long Byrds fan, I was surprised at my own reactions while reading this epic biography - for the first three quarters of the book my overriding impression was that Crosby was an as**ole of the highest order - by the last quarter I was marvelling at his ability to not only survive his gargantuan drug consumption, but to stay clean and mentor others. Despite myself I found myself feeling a new-found respect for a man I had considered a demon in my view of Byrds history.
This book is a bible for Byrds fans, is essential reading for anyone interested in the development of rock in the 60's and 70's, and could be taken as the ultimate study text for any potential rock biographers.
Rogan has written a work of great worth here.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I agree with the other reviewers of this book, in that it's thorough, well written, and covers everything a Byrdsmaniac could want to know. Written in a flowing style that puts you as close to the facts as anyone will probably get.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David Glenn Speigner on May 12, 2011
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Johnny Rogan's "The Byrds: Timeless Flight Revisited: The Sequel" 4th edition, is a revised and updated edition of his 1997 tome "Timeless Flight." If you are a fan of the Byrds, this is the definitive book! It is revised, updated and expanded to examine in detail all aspects of the group's members (album releases, projects, and deaths in the years following the group's existence (1965-1972.) The book is huge (700+ pages) and minute in its details and Rogan interviewed all of the principals; wrote extensive notes, annotations, a discography, and many, many details and recollections. Good thing he completed his work before the recent (April 2011) death of group manager and producer Jim Dickson who was a major source of this book it seems.

Rogan is a fine writer, but at times as others have noted, you can see he is a fan when he lapses into gushing praise or praise. Don't get me wrong, it just is unexpected when you read a book like this expecting "Behind the Music" style "just-the-facts" expose writing. It actually makes the book a better read and it covers all aspects of the Byrds, the background, the music, the members and "all the things" one would expect from such a story, including the inevitable "sex, drugs and rock n' roll." The Byrds made innovative and unique music despite clashing egos, members with very different musical backgrounds and vision.

Rogan lets the members, the producers and other folks speak for themselves and weaves the narrative together. David Crosby gets his say and vents his spleen, as does Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman. Rogan does a fine job with obits/retrospectives of Gene Clark (died 1991) and drummer Michael Clarke (died 1993.
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