GRAM PARSONS: God’s Own Singer

By Jason Walker

one of the best rock biographies that I’ve read in a long time. I actually had trouble putting the book down.
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Jacket image for Gram Parsons: God's Own SingerThe definitive biography of one of the most influential musicians of the modern era. Revised and updated edition.

Published: January 2012
ISBN: 9780956642035
Price: £12.99 paperback
352 pages including black and white photo section

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This book is the definitive biography of country star Gram Parsons, written by a fan who is also a successful musician in his own right. The author has revised and updated this edition and, most importantly of all, it contains a new exclusive interview with Michael Martin who, along with Phil Kaufman, took Gram’s body for cremation at the Joshua Tree.

Parsons was a contradiction in some respects. Most country stars are born into poverty, but Parsons was born to a wealthy family. He briefly studied Theology at Harvard, but embarked on a life of drink and drugs that was to destroy him. Although he died aged only 26 in 1973 his influence has been enormous, with U2, Elvis Costello, Tom Petty and the Rolling Stones amongst his biggest fans. This book looks at the man and his music, including his relationship with Emmylou Harris and the bizarre events surrounding his death when his body was stolen and cremated at Joshua Tree.

It’s hard to believe that Parsons has been dead for more than 40 years. His influence, however, will never die.

About the author

New Zealand born Jason Walker lives in Sydney, Australia. He is a working musician who both records and tours. A self-confessed Parsons fan, this labour of love took him about 7 years to complete and was his first book.

For more information, or to interview Jason Walker, contact Phil Godsell

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