Missing Parsons: Misadventures in Rock ‘N’ Roll America

Highways, deserts, dim lit diners, truck stops, facial hair and the call of rock and roll. Recently on In The Pines, I had the pleasure of discussing all these things with UK writer Chris Price. He’s the co-author of ‘Live Fast, Die Young: Misadventures in Rock ‘N’ Roll America‘, a fantastic book that is a little bit about the USA’s rich musical history, a little bit about a bromance and a whole lot about the lengths one Gram Parsons fan would go to in celebration of his hero’s sixtieth birthday.

After weeks of distractions, I’ve finally put the interview up online, so stream away…

Missing Parsons by emma_swift

And here is a list of the tracks played between chatter:

What’s In A Name? Missing Parsons
Return of The Grievous Angel Gram Parsons
How Much I’ve Lied Gram Parsons
A Song For You Gram Parsons
Dark End Of The Street The Flying Burrito Bros
I Just Can’t Take It Anymore The Lemonheads

If you’ve listened all the way through, you will have heard Chris talking about the brilliance of the Glen Campbell classic ‘Wichita Lineman’ towards the end of the interview. Unfortunately I didn’t get around to playing that track on the show. But if you’re wondering what all the fuss is about, here it is courtesy of youtube:

There’s something sublime about a man in a brown suit and yellow skivvy combo gently crooning the greatest pop lyric of all time, don’t you think?

‘And I need you more than want you/ And I want you for all time’

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