Thursday, November 1, 2012

Fallen Angel.

Although I had heard of Gram Parsons since forever, I was only really intrigued after reading Pamela Des Barres anecdotes about him in "I'm with the Band".   She was one of the few Laurel Canyon hippie scensters that got into Gram's country kick early on.  In the mid to late 60s, most bohemian Los Angelenos were deep into the psychedelic rock scene and thought country music to be the lamest, squarest circle there was.  And they were right in a sense, the traditional country scene refused to work with the long-haired new devotees that started to flock to their studios until the 70s when bands like The Eagles and Lynyrd Skynyrd followed with chart topping hits synthesizing rock and country sounds.  But in the 60s, country music was for clean cut good country boys, and Gram Parsons was ostracized by rock and country fans alike.  He was one of the first rockers (getting his start with the Byrds in the mid 60s) to embrace his southern country roots, donning a psychedelic version of the traditional "nudie suit" and vowing to turn everyone he meets on to country crooners like Buck Owens and George Jones.  Most of his hippie comrades laughed to his face, but Des Barres listened and understood the beauty of the mellow slide guitar and homespun lyrics.  She melted over his heartfelt lyrics and was often one of only five audience members at his shows, tears streaming down her face.

I had been searching high and low for a streaming source to watch this Gram Parson's documentary "Gram Parsons: Fallen Angel" (2004).  Its a standard bio narrative via family/friend commentary a la "Behind the Music", rather than a fresh,innovative perspective of his life, but still, there are so few sources covering Gram that I was happy to hear the commentary and see some rare footage.  

See the full documentary : "Gram Parsons: Fallen Angel" (2004) -  HERE


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