Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Gram Parsons: Rare Photos & the Reprise Recordings

...A little while back I went to a meet-and-greet with photographer Andee Nathanson who wanted to unveil her private stash of Gram Parsons photos that she's held onto for over three decades...Andee has shot a grip of rock 'n roll icons like Mick Jagger, Ringo Starr, Tom Petty, Alice Cooper, Marianne Faithfull which have subsequently been used on LP covers and liner notes...Andee spoke to hanging out with Gram out in Joshua Tree and other California locales which is where the photos in this collection were snapped...

Nathanson had some wild stories to go with a lot of these pics which show another side to the sonic alchemist who began melding country into rock with the International Submarine Band, the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers, eventually he went solo with The Fallen Angels and worked extensively with Emmylou Harris-- which would pave the way for artists like the Eagles, Poco, Jackson Browne and all those boot-scootin' Nashville acts that dominate the pop-country charts these days...If you haven't scooped it already, a lot of great tunes, alternate takes, along with interviews with Gram can be heard on his Complete Reprise Sessions Box (which I enjoy the most)...go check Andee's work out when you get the chance...

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