He was, by many accounts, the man who created an entire genre' of the rock world - a blend of rock, country and folk that would be called 'Country Rock' by those who played and enjoyed the music, say, in the early 70's when The Eagles rose to the top of the popular music heap. Later, it would become better known as 'Americana' with the present era of Wilco, The Jayhawks and others.
Music legend Gram Parsons lived a short and fast burning life, fueled by too many substances and too little control.
Now mind you, the end story of an actor and former party hound named Gary Busey could have turned out the same as Parsons. Gary, to his credit, has been sober for many, many years now. BUT, he's still a 'live wire,' and for his February rock and roll movie - Rob Chapman hosted Gary Busey here in the Twin Cities for a screening of "The Buddy Holly Story," in which Gary has his breakout role as a movie star. Rob's reflections on Gary's visit here are at once funny and disturbing:
Rob Chapman riffs on Gary Busey and his Buddy Holly visit
Now, on to the Gram Parson's documentary. He was a kid of privilege who possessed an incredible music talent. However his life, his work, and his death were all of a meteoric nature:
Rob and BT chat about the Gram Parsons documentary
The location, as always, for Rob Chapman's "Rock and Roll Moving Picture Show" is Pepito's Parkway Theater in south Minneapolis. Thursday, March 1st at 7:00pm for "Gram Parsons - Fallen Angel," a film by Gandulf Hennig.