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This review is from: Twenty Thousand Roads: The Ballad of Gram Parsons and His Cosmic American Music (Hardcover)
There are many schools of writing. Some authors are trained to write biographies in the journalistic tradition. David Meyer, is different. He writes about his subject, Gram Parsons, with an almost poetic cadence to his words. Meyer understands the interplay of types and shadows that helped to form a man who is at once accessible somehow an archetype of something greater. A man with a voice who once heard, suddenly reaches out and touches that lonesome place deep within all of our hearts. A man who was a wanderer--who never truly felt at home in this world. Moving on and leaving others behind was how Gram coped with the vicissitudes of life. He had all of the money a young man could ever want, but "only one rich man in ten has a satisfied mind." Parson's wealthy family could never claim satisfaction, endowing Gram with more than enough dysfunction for several lifetimes. Yet, Gram's music and voice transcended it all. While not achieving success in life, his "Cosmic American Music" influenced country, especially alt. country to this very day. All of these facts can be found in other biographies. However, David Meyer weaves them together in an intuitive and flowing narrative that make the characters come alive. Some say he connects some of the dots in Grams life incorrectly. However, given the fact that Gram was such a complex individual, this can be forgiven due to the details laid out which support these claims. Meyers book is a worthy addition to this talented artist's legacy, and will help ensure that Gram's legacy will never be forgotten.