Gram Parsons: God’s Own Singer

Press Release

The definitive biography of one of the most influential musicians of the modern era. Revised and updated edition.

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When Helter Skelter published Gram Parsons: God’s Own Singer in 2001 it received numerous accolades including Book Of The Month from Uncut and a glowing review from Mojo. Not surprising really when you consider that the author, Jason Walker, spent seven painstaking years researching the doomed singer’s life and interviewing many people who knew him, getting to the heart of the contradiction that was Gram Parsons.

Now, Jason has fully updated and revised the text and Soundcheck Books are pleased to be re-publishing it as a B Format paperback.  The main selling point of the new edition is that Jason has tracked down Australian Michael Martin who was with Gram in the days leading up to his death and had to deal with the fall-out from that tragic event. He and road manager Phil Kaufman were also responsible for stealing Gram’s body from an LA airport and cremating it in the Joshua Tree National Park in accordance with the singer’s wishes.  Michael was eventually deported from America and now lives back in Australia. Jason, a New Zealander living in Sydney eventually tracked him down for the interview, but that in itself was no mean feat in a country as large as Aus.

Jason has secured a new and exclusive lengthy interview with Michael about those bizarre events, which is something all Gram fans will want to read about.

Fans will also love the cover art which features a painting of Gram by artist and musician Jon Langford, himself a Gram acolyte.

Gram Parsons: God’s Own Singer publishes in the UK on February 16th in paperback at £12.99.  It will publish in America mid–March at $16.95.

For more information or to interview Jason Walker please contact Phil Godsell at Soundcheck Books ( or +44 (0)7880 7929259)