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Twenty Thousand Roads: The Ballad of Gram Parsons and His Cosmic American Music by David Meyer (Book)

As a singer and songwriter, Gram Parsons stood at the nexus of countless musical crossroads, and he sold his soul to the devil at every one. His intimates and collaborators included Keith Richards, William Burroughs, Marianne Faithfull, Peter Fonda, Roger McGuinn, and Clarence White. Parsons led the Byrds to create the seminal country rock masterpiece Sweetheart of the Rodeo, helped to guide the Rolling Stones beyond the blues in their appreciation of American roots music, and found his musical soul mate in Emmylou Harris. Parsons’ solo albums, GP and Grievous Angel, are now recognized as visionary masterpieces of the transcendental jambalaya of rock, soul, country, gospel, and blues Parsons named “Cosmic American Music.” Parsons had everything–looks, charisma, money, style, the best drugs, the most heartbreaking voice–and threw it all away with both hands, dying of a drug and alcohol overdose at age twenty-six.

Director Results

Director Total Votes: 2

  1. 1. Ryan Murphy 50% 
  2. 2. Oliver Stone 50% 

Cast Results

Gram Parsons Total Votes: 2

  1. 1. Evan Peters 50% 
  2. 2. Paul Dano 50% 

Coondog Conner Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Wes Bentley 100% 

Avis Snively Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Katie Holmes 100% 

Robert Parsons Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Lucas Black 100% 

Chris Hillman Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Blake Jenner 100% 

Keith Richards Total Votes: 2

  1. 1. Sam Riley 50% 
  2. 2. Taron Egerton 50% 

Emmylou Harris Total Votes: 2

  1. 1. Ryan Newman 50% 
  2. 2. Elizabeth Olsen 50% 

William Burroughs Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Dennis Quaid 100% 

Chris Ethridge Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Miles Teller 100% 

Terry Melcher Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Jamie Bell 100% 

Phil Kaufman Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. James Franco 100% 

Gretchen Parsons Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Teresa Palmer 100% 

Diane Parsons Total Votes: 0

  1. No Votes

Mick Jagger Total Votes: 2

  1. 1. Harry Styles 100% 


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