Saturday, May 31, 2008

The Byrds Under Review - A Documentary DVD

One of my favorite Rock groups of the 1960s is the Byrds. I don't think I ever discussed them in this journal. I read in Goldmine Magazine a review of the new DVD called The Byrds Under Review which documents their career. The unique thing about the group is how their style changed over the years from folk-rock, to psychedelic rock, to country rock and even to pure country music. The original members of the group were Roger McGuinn, Gene Clark, Mike Clarke, Dave Crosby, and Chris Hillman. It is significant to note that as there were personnel changes, the group members did very well on their own and with other groups. Dave Crosby hooked up with Steven Stills, Graham Nash, and Neil Young. Chris Hillman appeared in the Flying Burrito Brothers among other acts. On his own Gene Clark did a fantastic version of Mr. Tambourine Man. I own several CDs of Roger McGuinn solos. The DVD was not authorized by Byrd members.  Thus I was disappointed that none of the artists were interviewed.  The bulk of the video consisted of interviews with music journalists. 

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