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Flashback: The Byrds Flip the Opry Script

March 15, 2016

In the mid-Sixties, just as Bakersfield, California, was giving rise to the music of Buck Owens and Merle Haggard, challenging Nashville's "countrypolitan" sound, so too was the jangly L.A.-based folk-rock of the Byrds beginning to give way to an even...


Hear a Rare Performance by Former Byrd Gene Clark

November 19, 2014

After falling out of print for two decades, Gene Clark's Two Sides to Every Story receives the reissue treatment this week. Recorded in 1976, the solo album captured Clark at a musical (and personal) crossroads, arriving just after the breakup...


Fricke's Picks Radio: Pete Seeger, Some Byrds and the Mighty Hannibal

February 7, 2014

January is supposed to be a slow month. This one was fast and full, with great performances and deep loss: Pete Seeger on January 27th and R&B vocal legend the Mighty Hannibal on January 30th. They are remembered here with ex-Byrd Gene Clark, who...


10 Artists Who Switched Genres

May 21, 2013

Prior to the Academy of Country Music Awards show in 2007, Hootie and the Blowfish front man Darius Rucker shared a little secret about himself. He really dug Hee Haw. And just as he professed his love for the banjo-heavy variety show, Rucker announced...


Roger McGuinn Busy with New CD, DVD, Benefit

August 19, 2011

Roger McGuinn, co-founder of the Byrds, has a lot of ducks in a row: a new album, a forthcoming DVD and a benefit show. The album, CCD (as in "Sea CD"), is a collection of 23 songs of the sea, including renditions of such classics as "Drunken...


The Greatest Covers of Bob Dylan Songs

May 10, 2011

Jimi Hendrix, "All Along the Watchtower" (Electric Ladyland, 1968) Hendrix echoes the apocalypse of Dylan's final verse with guitar riffs like gale-force winds. "It overwhelmed me," Dylan said. The Byrds, "Mr. Tambourine Man" (Mr. Tambourine Man, 1965)...


Back to Mono: Dylan, Doors Reissues Unearth Classic Sound

September 30, 2010

On a new nine-CD box set, fans will finally hear Bob Dylan's early music the way Dylan intended it to be heard. The Original Mono Recordings, out next month, includes the mono versions of his first eight albums, from 1962's Bob Dylan through 1968's John...


Fricke's Picks: The Byrds

June 6, 2008

The Byrds were still a year and change from their messy end when they played the newly unearthed London show on Live at Royal Albert Hall 1971 (Sundazed). This is the (Untitled)-era Byrds — singer-guitarist Roger McGuinn, drummer Gene Parsons, bassist...


Better the Second Time Around

August 21, 2003

The hottest new trend in the music industry? Reissues. Classic albums by the Who, Marvin Gaye and the Byrds are being rereleased with dramatically improved sound, previously unpublished photos and in-depth historical essays – and they're selling....


Dylan Delights the Garden State

August 11, 1988

Bob DylanThe Garden State Arts CenterHolmdel, New JerseyJune 24th, 1988 Let this much be said for Bob Dylan: Despite all the opportunities that he's given the world over the years, the old guy can never be counted out. Here he is, a middle-aged living...


Mick Jagger: The Rolling Stone Interview

October 12, 1968

Although one of the most philosophically oriented and intelligent performers around today, Mick Jagger is also one of the most laconic. Since the departure of Andrew Oldham from the affairs of the Rolling Stones, the burden of directing the affairs of...


New Film Reveals the Sad Flight of the Byrds' Gene Clark

February 19, 2014

On a short, recent U.S. tour, an indie-rock superband featuring members of Beach House, Fleet Foxes and Grizzly Bear performed the whole of No Other, a marvelous, largely forgotten 1974 album by Gene Clark, the late singer and a founding member of the...


Don't Hold Your Breath Waiting for a Byrds Reunion

August 23, 2013

Next year marks the 50th anniversary of the Byrds, but don't expect the them to commemorate the occasion with any sort of reunion. Despite clear interest from founding members Chris Hillman and David Crosby, Byrds frontman Roger McGuinn remains staunchly...


David Fricke Reviews Tom Petty at the Beacon Theatre

May 21, 2013

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers opened their May 20th concert at New York's Beacon Theatre, the first show of a five-night residency, with a song about wish fulfillment: a cover of the Byrds' 1967 single "So You Want to be a Rock 'N' Roll Star." It was...


'Spider-Man' Cast Recording Album Due in June

May 26, 2011

Bono and the Edge's 'Spider-Man' Cast Recording Due in JuneThe cast recording of Bono and the Edge's musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark will hit stores on June 14th. The disc will include 14 songs penned by the U2 duo for the recently revised show,...


How Buffalo Springfield Could Pull Off a Tour With the Byrds

November 11, 2010

Word is that Buffalo Springfield will tour next year. But how exactly would that work? Neil Young, Crosby, Stills and Nash can command arenas and ampitheaters on their own, but Springfield can claim only one top forty hit, "For What It's Worth." It's...


Pete Seeger's All-Star Birthday Jam

May 28, 2009

As plans came together for a 90th-birthday concert for Pete Seeger at Madison Square Garden, Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews and four dozen other artists jumped onboard — but the folk legend needed persuading. "Normally, I'm against...


Terry Melcher Dead at 62

November 22, 2004

Producer and songwriter Terry Melcher, known for his work with the Beach Boys and the Byrds, has died at the age of 62 after an extended battle with cancer. The son of actress and animal activist Doris Day, Melcher died Friday at his home in Beverly Hills. Melcher...


A Byrd Saves His Own -- And Folk Music's -- Back Pages

March 24, 2000

The Byrds, quite unlike any other band in rock apart from the Kinks, were perversely crippled by the staggering success of their out-of-the-box hits. The problem with having an instant classic like "Mr. Tambourine Man" or "I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better"...


Bob Dylan Talks: A Raw and Extensive First Rolling Stone Interview

November 29, 1969

They say Bob Dylan is the most secretive and elusive person in the entire rock & roll substructure, but after doing this interview, I think it would be closer to the point to say that Dylan, like John Wesley Harding, was "never known to make a foolish...