Grievous Angel is part biography, part visual scrapbook Ė a compilation of intimate conversations, rarely-seen photos and unpublished letters, all tied together with a vivid retelling of Gramís amazing story. With Pollyís inside viewpoint of her father and his world, Grievous Angel offers a rare, intimate insight into the life of a visionary artist. To celebrate the bookís release, Jessica Hundley will be undertaking a brief yet festive national reading tour, accompanied by live musicians and a slideshow.
Gram Parsons was a member of The Byrds, as well as founder and frontman of The Flying Burrito Brothers. He was best friend to Keith Richards and mentor to Emmylou Harris. And he uncannily predicted the ďalt- countryĒ movement that is so hugely popular today, combining country and rock when the two were like oil and water.
Grievous Angel features dozens of interviews with fellow musicians Ė both with Parsonsí contemporaries, including Richards and Harris, as well as dialogues with three decadesí worth of musicians influenced by Parsonsí music, ranging from Elvis Costello, Willie Nelson and Steve Earle to contemporary artists including My Morning Jacket, Norah Jones, Dinosaur Jr., The Thrills and Bright Eyes.
Grievous Angel provides a vibrantly illustrated history of Gram Parsons, his times and the unforgettable aesthetic that resulted from their collision. Parsonsí enduring allure lies in large part in his unique look and tastes, his crooked Southern smile and a style which was entirely his own. He was a whiskey-burnt cowboy, folk hero, psychedelic rambler and Elvis Presley in full glitter and flash Ė all at the same time.
The book also serves as a further part of Polly Parsonsí ongoing personal mission to ensure that her fatherís legacy lives on Ė through tribute concerts (the most prominent of which, Return to Sin City: A Tribute to Gram Parsons, has received great critical acclaim in its recent star-powered DVD release), interviews, public appearances and now, through the publication of this comprehensive new memoir.
With the participation of family, friends, contemporaries and the multitude of musicians influenced by Gramís work, Grievous Angel places Gramís own dramatic within a much greater context: a centuryís worth of musical history. Grievous Angel is not just Gramís story, but the story of all that came before and after his brief shining moment: the singing cowboys of Old California, early Nashville glamour and Bakersfield grit, the decadent days of the 1960s and the continuing evolution of the rock íní roll history.
Grievous Angel is Gram Parsonsí own personal chapter in that history.