Our new playlist of the best new Americana we’ve heard over the last month is out later today for AUK supporters, which includes new tracks by Peter Bruntnell, Gary Louris, Joana Serrat and the Felice Brothers among others. Our giveaway this month is another great book in the canon of americana, ‘Hickory Wind: The Life and Times of Gram Parsons’ by Ben Fong-Torres, which was originally published in 1991 and was, at the time, hailed as the definitive biography of the man most consider to be the godfather of country rock. Reviewing it a few weeks back we said: “Since then there have been other biographies of Parsons, some of which have been very good, but this is the book that set the bar and made other books on this fascinating, and tragically short life, possible. If you haven’t already read this book then you should definitely correct that oversight. If you’ve read it and no longer own a copy of this book then you owe it to yourself to re-stock your library with this biography that was the first to get under the skin of this godfather of Americana. The quote that sticks with me is one from Keith Richards on hearing of his friend’s death – “Well, he was just too good to get old”! A timeless read.” You can purchase a copy here (sorry we couldn’t find another link to the new version anywhere else but try and pick a nice local bookstore if you can)
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