Saturday, April 30, 2011

Psychedelic Pioneers: The Byrds


   The Byrds

The Byrds were an American rock band, formed in Los Angeles, California in 1964. The original five-piece line-up of The Byrds consisted of Jim McGuinn (lead guitar, vocals), Gene Clark (tambourine, vocals), David Crosby (rhythm guitar, vocals), Chris Hillman (bass guitar, vocals), and Michael Clarke (drums).

The Byrds are today considered by critics to be one of the most influential bands of the 1960s.
As the 1960s progressed, the band was influential in originating psychedelic rock, raga rock, and country rock.

In January 1991, The Byrds were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, an occasion that saw the five original members performing together for the last time. McGuinn, Crosby, and Hillman still remain active but Gene Clark died of a heart attack in 1991, and Michael Clarke died of liver failure in 1993.

Byrds - Lover Of The Bayou [Live]
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The Byrds - Mr. Tambourine Man
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The Byrds - Wasn't Born To Follow
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The Byrds Under Review is a documentary film which explores the music, career and background of one of America's most influential bands. With the aid of many who were there at the time, as either part of the group or close at hand, this 2 DVD set is a celebration of one of Rock N' Roll's truly great bands. It includes rare and classic performances re-assessed by a panel of experts, live and studio recordings of Byrds classics, footage and interviews from then and now, and exclusive and extensive contributions from Byrds members John York and Gene Parsons, further enlightenment from various collaborators, plus more!

Watch Byrds Under Review Here

Watch Part 2 Here

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