Twenty Thousand Roads: The Ballad of Gram Parsons and His Cosmic American Music
Twenty Thousand Roads:
The Ballad of Gram Parsons and His Cosmic American Music
by David Meyer
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Gram Parsons was just twenty-six years old when he died. In his lifetime, he released exactly one album under his own name, and as a member of various bands—none for long—he contributed to only a handful of recordings; the highest any of those albums reached on the charts was a sorry no. 77. Yet more than three decades after his death from a heroin overdose in Joshua Tree, California, there are as many biographies of Parsons as there are albums that include his voice. The latest addition is David Meyer’s Twenty Thousand Roads, the most thorough exploration yet of the singer’s messy, tragic life.
Why so much attention to an artist with such a limited body of work? Because Parsons’s glorious vision of “cosmic American music”—which embraced country, rock, gospel, folk, and soul—had a massive impact on
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