33 1/3 Volume 43: The Byrds' Notorious Byrd Brothers

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The latest installment in the 33 1/3 Series looks at The Byrds' landmark album.

33 1/3: The Byrds' Notorious Byrd Brothers

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In this love letter to THE NOTORIOUS BYRD BROTHERS, musician Ric Menck chronicles his own personal fascination with the album as well as the history and drama surrounding the Byrds, up to and around the time of its release. David Crosby was fired from the band just as the album was being completed - leaving Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman to work closely with famed producer Gary Usher. Menck argues passionately - in the style of his beloved 1970s fanzines - that THE NOTORIOUS BYRD BROTHERS is an underappreciated masterpiece. Rick Menck is a drummer, singer, and songrwriter who lives in Los Angeles. He has been in bands since 1979, including the Drats, the Reverbs, Pop the Balloon, Bag of Shells, the Springfields, Velvet Crush and the Tyde. As a drummer, he has played on records by (and toured with) Matthew Sweet, Liz Phair, Aimee Mann, Willie Nelson, and Marianne Faithfull. He also runs a small record label dedicated to reissuing lost classics from the 60s and 70s, and he recently released a retrospective solo album THE BALLAD OF RIC MENCK, which PopMatters described as 'one of the best albums of 2004.' Keep up with 33 1/3 series news.

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Author Ric Menck
Publisher Continuum Books
Page Count 143pp
Publication Size 4.75 x 6.25
Publication Notes softcover
Publication Date March 2007
ISBN 978-0826417176

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