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Byrds, The

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Profile by Steve Turner, Beat Instrumental, June 1971

But I was so much older then,I’m younger than that now. ...

Going Up the Country: The Byrds and Sweetheart of the Rodeo

Retrospective by Bill Wasserzieher, ICE, August 2003

THOUGH OPINIONS differ on who recorded the first country-rock album, there is no question that the Byrds' Sweetheart of the Rodeo was the first one ...


The Byrds' David Crosby (1967)

Interview by Ted Alvy, Rock's Backpages Audio, August 1967

The Cros talks about the new vibe of co-operation between musicians, Monterey, the disintegration of Haight-Ashbury, seeing Cream play the Fillmore the night before, and all kinds of other fine stuff

File format: mp3; file size: 36.4mb, interview length: 39' 47" sound quality: ***


The Rolling Stones, The Byrds, Paul Revere & The Raiders: Long Beach Arena, Long Beach CA

Live Review by Louise Criscione, KRLA Beat, June 1965


The Byrds: Ciro's, Sunset Strip, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by uncredited writer, KRLA Beat, June 1965

Just Like Beatlemania; Byrds Drawing Big Crowds ...

Derek Taylor Reports: The Byrds Fly High And It's Time To Crow

Report by Derek Taylor, KRLA Beat, June 1965

For the Byrds, the time has come. ...

The Byrds, The Everly Brothers, Johnny Cash, P.J. Proby et al: Freedom From Hunger Benefit, Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Louise Criscione, KRLA Beat, June 1965

Most Fantastic Show Ever! ...

The Byrds: Strictly for The Byrds!

Report by Derek Taylor, Melody Maker, July 1965

THE BYRDS happened. Suddenly, with little enough warning for any of us. For me, it started a couple of days after I arrived in Hollywood ...

The Byrds, Donovan, Kenny Lynch et al: Finsbury Park Astoria, London

Live Review by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, August 1965

Byrds' Weak Stage Act ...

The Byrds: 'That Criticism Is Fair!'

Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, August 1965

...say the Byrds to David Griffiths ...

The Fabulous Hallowe'en Party

Report by Nancy Lewis, Fabulous, October 1965

Spooks, spirits and all sorts of scary things — that's what Hallowe'en is made of. Best way to avoid these frights is to get together with friends and have a party! So that's just what ...

Three Fans Interview Two Byrds

Interview by uncredited writer, KRLA Beat, March 1966

Every now and then The BEAT staff gets a little lazy and lets fans do our writing for us. The following interview with Gene Clark and Jim McGuinn ...

Tempo: Coltrane, Shankar and All That Rock & Roll

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, August 1966

IN OUR FEATURE on the Byrds (in the July issue) they credited several sources of unconventional music as influences. They were quite specific about Indian ...

Jim McGuinn & David Crosby: My Favorite Records

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, December 1966

By Jim McGuinn (Leader of the Byrds) ...

What's In Store For Drake Levin (Ex-Raider), Gene Clark (Ex-Byrd)

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, March 1967

Will they start a store together? Maybe a diner or a hockey team, or mow lawns? Naw.... because the other day we were sitting on ...

The Byrds: Speakeasy, London

Live Review by Nick Jones, Melody Maker, March 1967

A SUSPICIOUS audience confronted the Byrds when they played their only gig, an informal affair at London's Speakeasy Club, last Tuesday — no doubt recollecting ...

Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston, John Lee Hooker, Byrds, Prince Buster et al Album Reviews

Review by Peter Jones, Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, May 1967

Some sophisticated new Motown albums ...

The Byrds: Younger Than Yesterday (CBS)

Review by uncredited writer, Melody Maker, May 1967

No other word for the Byrds but beautiful ...

Platter Chatter: New Albums from Jefferson Airplane, The Byrds, The Doors et al

Review by uncredited writer, Hit Parader, July 1967

SURREALISTIC PILLOW will make anyone with good musical taste a Jefferson Airplane admirer. A beautiful blend of vocal and instrumental harmonies flows through everything this ...

The Byrds: The Golden Bear, Huntington Beach CA

Live Review by Bill Wasserzieher, Long Beach Press-Telegram, November 1967

TWO YEARS ago the Byrds had Top 40 hits unlike any other pop songs coming out in America. A year ago, despite the defection of ...

Best Records of 1967: The Fifth Dimension, Dion & The Belmonts, The Byrds

Review by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, January 1968

UNLIKE DAVID Griffiths, I have no really clear-cut LP choices of last year. I've narrowed the field down to three records which I've written about ...

New Albums From Roy Orbison, The Byrds, Jefferson Airplane et al

Review by Peter Jones, Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, April 1968

Some interesting LP's — a new and an old Orbison, powerful Move, brilliant Byrds, but a let-down from Jefferson Airplane, and an unexpected goodie by ...

The Byrds: Middle Earth, London

Live Review by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, May 1968


The Newport Pop Festival: Two Days of Surprises, Flowers, Cream Pies... and Super Sounds!

Live Review by Carol Deck, Flip, December 1968

THE ONLY THING really wrong with the Newport Pop Festival held recently in Orange Country, Calif, was that it wasn't in Monterey. ...

The Byrds: Glenn Memorial Church, Atlanta GA

Live Review by Miller Francis jr., Great Speckled Bird, The, February 1969

THE BYRDS are, always have been, and (as things look now) will continue to be the most consistently excellent, and under-rated, rock and roll group ...

The Byrds, Procol Harum: Fillmore East, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, June 1969

PROCOL HARUM, the Britons who fuse rock and classics, played their loud, dramatic music at the Fillmore East this weekend. ...

The Byrds: Preflyte (Together Records)

Review by Miles, International Times, November 1969


Newest Byrds Lineup Debuts at Ash Grove

Live Review by Bill Wasserzieher, Long Beach Press-Telegram, February 1970

WITH THE Jefferson Airplane at Anaheim Stadium and the Doors in the Long Beach Arena, the Byrds had to settle for a small turnout when ...

The Byrds are Amazingly Graceful

Report and Interview by Bud Scoppa, Circus, September 1970

STUDIO B IS down the stark fluorescent-lit hall of the CBS Hollywood arsenal. Past the snack bar with its dozen vending machines, it is beyond ...

The Byrds: (Untitled); MC5: Back in the U.S.A.; Burning Red Ivanhoe

Review by Richard Williams, Times, The, December 1970

BESIDES BEING ONE of the seminal rock and roll bands, the Byrds also possess perhaps the music's oldest case-history. Of the group which came out ...

The Byrds: Byrd Watching (part 1)

Interview by Roy Hollingworth, Melody Maker, May 1971

Roger McGuinn: into the mystic ...

The Byrds: Byrd Watching (part 2)

Interview by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, May 1971

THE COUNTRY consonants of Clarence White's guitar have fooled a lot of people — me included — into thinking that the man must have come ...

The Byrds: Colston Hall, Bristol

Live Review by Roy Hollingworth, Melody Maker, May 1971

A PINCH of snuff, the eucalyptus stabs the eye. McGuinn fastens the tin and slips it into his suit pocket. The rest of the guy's ...

The Byrds, Rita Coolidge: Fairfield Halls, Croydon

Live Review by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, May 1971

THE BYRDS are like an institution. They seem to have been around as long as the Houses of Parliament with their own particular style of ...

The Byrds: Byrds From The Egg

Memoir by Derek Taylor, Disc and Music Echo, May 1971

They're back! The American group who soared to success her in 1965 with 'Mr. Tambourine Man', then quickly 'disappeared'. Here Disc traces the Byrds' flight ...

The Byrds

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, June 1971

THE BYRDS have flown leaving behind them a few thousand satisfied customers and a liberal sprinkling of Her Majesty's Musical Trade Press impressed with their ...

The Byrds: The Best of the Byrds (Greatest Hits, Volume II)

Review by Bud Scoppa, Rolling Stone, April 1973

IF YOU WERE asked to put together an anthology album of one of the longest-lived, most productive rock groups ever, and you had the total ...

Roger McGuinn: A Man's Gotta Do...What A Man's Gotta Do

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, September 1974

NIK COHN seemed to have it pretty well summed up in his Byrds caption for Rock Dreams: "The Byrds weren't so much a band as ...

Roger McGuinn and Country Rock: Older Than Yesterday

Retrospective and Interview by Michael Gray, Let It Rock, January 1975

IT'S FRIDAY 30TH AUGUST, in Birmingham England, and it's afternoon. Roger McGuinn is listening to a track off his second solo album, Peace On You. ...

David Crosby

Profile by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, April 1975

IT STARTED with trademark objects, really. When The Byrds got their hit with 'Mr Tambourine Man', Jim McGuinn established himself as the one with those ...

Roger McGuinn: Cardiff Rose, Chris Hillman: Slippin' Away, Firefall: Firefall

Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, June 1976

WHAT THESE three soft rock American releases have in common is the Byrds. That's the connection plain and simple. Staunch Byrd-man Roger McGuinn returns from ...

Born Again: Roger McGuinn

Interview by Al Aronowitz, Blacklisted Masterpieces of Al Aronowitz, The, 1981

Roger McGuinn is explaining that he's found religion. He's now a Christian. Jesus is the only one in sight that he can believe in. He's ...

David Crosby

Interview by Tom Hibbert, Q, May 1989

THE AGING MUSICIAN sits in his hotel room, an acoustic guitar propped upon his considerable paunch. He tosses back his long, greying hair, fingers his ...

Gram Parsons: The Father of Country Rock

Retrospective by Ben Fong-Torres, San Francisco Chronicle, 1991

GRAM PARSONS wasn't exactly bursting with credentials when he came up for consideration as a member of the Byrds in the early spring of 1968. ...

The Byrds: Box-Set

Review by Mark Cooper, Q, January 1991

PRIOR TO THIS exhaustive four-CD box set with its careful remixing, 17 previously unissued recordings, four new songs by three of the original band and ...

Roger McGuinn: A Byrd Returns To The Nest

Interview by Steven P. Wheeler, Happening, April 1991

WHEN IT comes to the legends of rock & roll, there aren't too many singer-songwriters who have had the impact on contemporary rock as Roger ...

Roger McGuinn: The Jingle Jangle Man

Interview by Tom Hibbert, Q, April 1991

Nothing defined the sound of The Byrds so much as the 12-string Rickenbacker guitar of their leader Jim McGuinn. As the years went by his ...

Catching Up With The Byrds' John York

Interview by Bill Wasserzieher, Full Circle, Summer 1993

A TALENTED musician who played with major American bands in the late 1960s, John York seemed to fall off the edge of the map – ...

Just Like Gene Autry: A Foxtrot

Book Excerpt by Tom Hibbert, 'Love is the Drug' (Penguin), 1994

THE BYRDS FORMED in 1964 when Jim (later Roger) McGuinn, a Dylan-obsessed folkie from San Francisco, saw A Hard Day's Night. He decided there and ...

The Byrds: Mr Tambourine Man, Turn! Turn! Turn!, Fifth Dimension, Younger Than Yesterday

Review by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, June 1996

ROCK HISTORY IS STRIATED BY THE INFLUENCE OF The Byrds. Theirs is one of the great stylistic lineages, forever shadowing those of the Fabs and ...

The Byrds: The Notorious Byrd Brothers; Sweetheart Of The Rodeo; Dr Byrds & Mr Hyde; Ballad Of Easy Rider

Review by Andy Gill, MOJO, April 1997

The Byrds fall out, run off and get back to the country. The second batch of remastered reissues in the Legacy series. Each features extra ...

Gram Parsons, Track by Track

Sleevenotes by Bud Scoppa, Sacred Hearts and Fallen Angels (Rhino), September 2000

The International Submarine Band: Safe at Home ...

Byrd Brains: Matthew Sweet and R.E.M.’s Peter Buck Ponder Country-rock’s Finest

Review and Interview by Bud Scoppa, Revolver, Spring 2000

The Byrds:(Untitled/Unissued)ByrdmaniaxFarther AlongLive at the Fillmore West – February 1969 ...

The Byrds: Outlaw Chic

Retrospective by Rob Hughes, Uncut, February 2001


Gary Usher

Interview by Gene Sculatti, Scram, 2002

Gary Usher In Conversation With Gene Sculatti January 1971 ...

Roger McGuinn: Twelve-string Driven Thing

Interview by Johnny Black, MOJO, September 2002

THE OPENING JINGLE-JANGLE 12-string Rickenbacker guitar line on The Byrds' 1965 classic, 'Mr Tambourine Man', ushered in a new era in popular music – the ...

John Einarson: Mr. Tambourine Man – The Life and Legacy of the Byrds' Gene Clark by John Einarson (Backbeat)

Book Review by Bill Wasserzieher, Ugly Things, Summer 2005

GENE CLARK of the Byrds was many things - a charismatic stage presence in a '60s band that became an American icon; a gifted and ...

see also Gene Clark

see also David Crosby

see also Firefall

see also Flying Burrito Brothers

see also Chris Hillman

see also Roger McGuinn

see also McGuinn, Clark & Hillman

see also Souther-Hillman-Furay Band, The

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