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Uncut Magazine's Best Music Books of 2013 - 2013
"Looks beyond the melodrama at the musical influences that Parsons absorbed and the ones that he passed along to pals such as Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones."
"Kealing forgoes the familiar to dig deeper. … Parsons' musical journey offers a welcome new definition of a cult figure who is long overdue for one."
"Shedding eye-opening light on GP's legendary life and career, Mr. Kealing has drawn on dozens of new interviews, uncovering information that even Gram Parsons' most rabid fans will find fresh and revealing."
--Underground Nashville (blog)
"A full-faceted examination that moves beyond the sensationalism of his drug addiction and death at age 26, and into the realities of his life and times."
--Midwest Book Review
"Read it for the tragic tale of a local boy who flew too close to the sun, and use it as a reference for, and introduction to, the thriving musical scene in our neck of the woods during the 1960s."
"Kealing's skilled reporting uncovers new twists in the Parsons narrative. It's a worthy addition even to a bookshelf already groaning with Gram bios, and it's best read with Parson's music playing in the background."
"Bob Kealing digs deeper than anyone before into Parsons' roots…. Calling Me Home illuinates new parts of the myth, deepens the story and further underscores that plaintive, high lonesome voice singing 'In My Hour of Darkness.'"
"A well-researched, engaging biography of Parsons. It's also a fascinating chronicle of the music business."
--Tampa Bay Times
“A compulsively readable and intimate portrait of a young man who introduced the pure strains of country stars such as the Louvin Brothers and Merle Haggard to musicians like Bernie Leadon of the Eagles and Chris Hillman.”
“Draws on never-before-available writings and new interviews with Parson’s family and friends.”
“Refreshing… a sympathetic human portrait of the man that neither glosses over nor sensationalizes him.”
--Metrotimes: Detroit's Free Alternative Weekly
“Calling Me Home: is about just that: a land that always beckons, that underlies most of Gram’s songwriting… a land that informs not only him but all others with whom he associated and learned from him.”
“The most well-rounded, most multi-dimensional picture we’ve ever had of the visionary yet maddeningly complex musician… if you read just one biography of Gram Parsons, make sure it’s this one.”
“Follows Parsons through a succession of teenage bands and juvenile collaborations, visiting along the way many of the places- small clubs and youth centres, mainly – in Florida, where in the early ‘60s there was a flourishing music scene.”
“Kealing’s search for interviews and material will excite both biographers and Gram Parsons fans.”
--New Information (blog)
“A fascinating journey to the past and back again as Kealing revisits the people and places important to Parson’s career and life, and to Southern rock.”
--On a Clear Day I Can Read Forever
"Kealing’s detailed biography will appeal to rock fans looking to read more about a formative time in music history through the story of one of its most pivotal figures."
“Presents the Parsons story through the eyes of those who surrounded him during good times and bad”
--Georgia Historical Quarterly
“[Adds] a layer of detail to the Parsons story missing even from supposedly definitive GP histories”
--Uncut Magazine's Best Books of 2013