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The Strange Death of Gram Parsons

gram_parsons1I could not even imagine the legal ramifications Phil Kaufman would face today. If you’re unfamiliar with Gram Parsons’ story, you’ll find this fascinating. I always have.

Gram Parsons had been hanging out at the Joshua Tree National Monument for several years — he went there regularly, with Chris Hillman when they were bandmates, and later with Keith Richards, to get high, commune with the cactus, and watch the sky for UFOs. He reserved two rooms at the nearby Joshua Tree Inn, a modest cinder-block motel whose owners had come to know Parsons after several visits. Along with Parsons on this trip were his “valet” and chum, Michael Martin; Martin’s girlfriend Dale McElroy (no fan of Gram Parsons); and an old friend from his high school days in Florida named Margaret Fisher. (more…)


2 responses

  1. Sal Valetti

    Holy shit! I had no idea. That is an insane story. Thank you for sharing. PS – I love the site!

    August 4, 2009 at 4:54 pm

  2. barrelhead

    I think my name says a lot about how highly I hold GP!! Coincidentally, I’m listening to a Cash on the Barrelhead/Hickory Wind he played with Emmylou many years ago, the one on Grievous Angel (one of few albums allmusic gives 5 stars). COTB is one of the greatest songs ever, and Gram’s voice really complements it.

    True Florida Cracker-upper class fuck up (not in the musical sense) turned legend. Bolles, Harvard dropout, roamed the world doing drugs with other stars. Amazing life. Few more weeks and he would have been a member of the 27 club.

    August 7, 2009 at 8:37 am

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