“I always got a kick out of it when they called it the California Sound because it really came out of Liverpool and Greenwich Village.”

~Roger McGuinn

The Byrds – Turn! Turn! Turn!

The Byrds-“All I Really Want To Do”-8/5/65

The Byrds – Chimes Of Freedom Live

Byrds – I’ll Feel A Whole Lot Better

The Byrds (Monterey Pop Festival 1967) – Hey Joe

The Byrds-“Mr. Tambourine Man”-01/16/70

Byrds – “Mr. Tambourine Man” Featuring Bob Dylan

The Byrds-“He Was A Friend Of Mine”-2/24/1990

Roger McGuinn – Mr.Tambourine Man

The Byrds-“Set You Free This Time”-2/19/66

The Byrds-“Mr. Spaceman”-10/22/67

The Byrds – Satisfied Mind

The Byrds-“You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere”-6/2069

The Byrds – I Wasn’t Born To Follow (Easy Rider)

The Byrds – Ballad Of Easy Rider

The Byrds-“So You Want To Be A Rock N’ Roll Star”-2/2/73

The Byrds – Chestnut Mare

The Byrds-“Jesus Is Just Alright”-9/23/70

The Byrds-“Old Blue”-6/28/1970

The Byrds-“Eight Miles High”-9/23/70

The Byrds-“Eight Miles High”-9/23/70

“I think what makes the Byrds stand up all these years is the basis in folk music. Folk music, being a timeless art form, is the foundation of the Byrds. We were all from a folk background. We considered ourselves folk singers even when we strapped on electric instruments and dabbled in different things.”

~Roger McGuinn


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Roger McGuinn Blog

The Byrds

“…The Byrds were an American rock and roll band. Formed in Los Angeles, California in 1964, The Byrds underwent several personnel changes, with frontman Roger McGuinn remaining the sole consistent member until the group’s disbandment in 1973.

Their trademark songs include covers of Bob Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man” and “My Back Pages”, Pete Seeger’s “Turn! Turn! Turn!” and Carole King’s “Goin’ Back”, as well as the originals “I’ll Feel a Whole Lot Better”, “Eight Miles High”, “So You Want to Be a Rock ‘n’ Roll Star”.

The Byrds were popular and influential during the mid-1960s and into the early 1970s. Initially, the band played folk rock, melding influences such as the British Invasion sound, contemporary folk and pop music. Later they expanded their sound into such sub-genres as space rock, psychedelic rock and, on their 1968 album Sweetheart of the Rodeo, country rock.

During 1991 they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2004 Rolling Stone Magazine ranked them #45 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.[1]


The Byrds

“…The Byrds, led by Roger McGuinn, pioneered folk rock and later country rock. With their high harmonies, ringing guitars, and obsession with studio technique, the Byrds also became the sonic model for many rock bands, including the Eagles, Tom Petty, and the latter-day Fleetwood Mac.

The band was formed in summer 1964 as the Jet Set and toyed with the name Beefeaters before settling on the Byrds, misspelled à la the Beatles. A few months later, the Byrds were touted as “L.A.’s answer to London.” After signing with Columbia in November 1964 they recorded demos released years later as Preflyte. In January 1965 they met Bob Dylan who provided their first hit, the #1 “Mr. Tambourine Man.” The single had Dylan’s lyrics, a guitar hook, chorus harmonies, and a rock rhythm section: folk rock. Mr. Tambourine Man, released in June 1965, went to #6.

In 1966 the Byrds had a major hit with the anthemic “Turn! Turn! Turn!” – a Bible passage set to music by Pete Seeger. But the Byrds failed to achieve such commercial success for the rest of their existence. By the time Fifth Dimension was released in summer 1966, Gene Clark had left to embark on a solo career. His departure, plus their somewhat avant-garde LP, marked the start of the Byrds’ “space rock” phase. The hit single “Eight Miles High” (#14, 1966) from Fifth Dimension solidified their new style. It was also one of the first records to be widely banned because of supposedly drug-oriented lyrics. …”

Roger McGuinn interview from 1967

Roger McGuinn “Interview”-1991-Part l

Roger McGuinn “Interview”-1991-Part l1

Roger McGuinn “Interview”-1991-Part lll

Roger McGuinn Talks To Dave Letterman

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