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21 May 2006 03:31 PM
    One of the few good things about my surf trip to north spain, was I got to read Barney Hoskyns new book, 'Hotel California' which bore out two things I have always felt and frequently said, a) Gram Parsons was a drugged up dilletante b) The Eagles were the true creators of country rock Its a great book, easy to read, check it out.
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    21 May 2006 06:03 PM
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    One of the few good things about my surf trip to north spain, was I got to read Barney Hoskyns new book, 'Hotel California' which bore out two things I have always felt and frequently said, a) Gram Parsons was a drugged up dilletante b) The Eagles were the true creators of country rock Its a great book, easy to read, check it out.
    Where's 'north spain'? Is it in Spain?? I'm so sorry.
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    21 May 2006 09:42 PM
    Whether or not the Eagles did indeed invent country rock doesn't get away from the fact that they were rubbish :P
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    22 May 2006 08:11 AM
    was it every a secret that gram parsons what a drugged up dilletante??
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    22 May 2006 10:08 AM
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    was it every a secret that gram parsons what a drugged up dilletante??
    Drugged up? Of course! Dilletante? Possibly. Grand Theft Parsons. Great, great movie.....
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    22 May 2006 10:46 AM
    Good movie, better soundtrack.
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    22 May 2006 12:32 PM
    are you serious?? f**king worst film ever!! my god.
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    22 May 2006 02:20 PM
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    Whether or not the Eagles did indeed invent country rock doesn't get away from the fact that they were rubbish :P
    Country rock, the British Cinema of popular music I have always felt.
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    22 May 2006 02:23 PM
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    Whether or not the Eagles did indeed invent country rock doesn't get away from the fact that they were rubbish :P
    Country rock, the British Cinema of popular music I have always felt.
    Is that a sly dig at Shirley Valentine? Better not be.
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    22 May 2006 03:15 PM
    I hate the f**kin Eagles, maaan! GET OUTTA MY CAB!
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    26 May 2006 02:48 PM
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    b) The Eagles were the true creators of country rock
    Thats a strange claim to make. They were probably the creators of a commercial country rock, but the "true creators" ? What evidence does Hoskins give to support this?
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    26 May 2006 02:57 PM
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    One of the few good things about my surf trip to north spain, was I got to read Barney Hoskyns new book, 'Ho..
    Where's 'north spain'? Is it in Spain?? I'm so sorry.
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    26 May 2006 03:29 PM
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    b) The Eagles were the true creators of country rock
    Thats a strange claim to make. They were probably the creators of a commercial country rock, but the "true creators" ? What evidence does Hoskins give to support this?
    Buy the book.
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    26 May 2006 03:38 PM
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    Buy the book.
    No thanks. I've read enough Hoskins for one lifetime. He's pretty much scrapped the barrel of American music, especially Californian, in the past few years. If he's making ridiculous claims like The Eagles created country rock, then its probably a half-arsed attempt to put a new slant on something he's already written about far too many times for it to be interesting anymore.
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    29 May 2006 02:08 AM
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    Buy the book.
    No thanks. I've read enough Hoskins for one lifetime. He's pretty much scrapped the barrel of American music, especially Californian, in the past few years. If he's making ridiculous claims like The Eagles created country rock, then its probably a half-arsed attempt to put a new slant on something he's already written about far too many times for it to be interesting anymore.
    Not quite sure what your point is, or if you even have one. Criticising Hoskyns for writing about California music (he has also written books about Prince and Glam Rock) is a bit like bitching about Peter Guralnick because he writes about the Blues. Its their area of expertise. So, to save you the hassle, I'll explain. The Eagles created Country-Rock, because they were the first band to write and record songs which could & were played on country and AM rock stations in the USA. They were artists that created a type of music which could be enjoyed equally by followers of two very different forms of music...pot smoking, free love, karmic longhairs and beer guzzling, gun toting, jesus freak rednecks. And if you know anything about American Music, you will know that this is a major feat since those types of radio station music formats are mutually exclusive. When Johnny Cash started covering rock songs on his American recordings series of albums, those records were effectively banned from Country Radio for being 'rock'. Although I did hear his version of 'Desperado' being played on a country station I had my car radio tuned to when I was in Kentucky a while ago, so the main thesis holds up in practice on the ground.
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    29 May 2006 08:36 AM
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    The Eagles created Country-Rock, because they were the first band to write and record songs which could & were played on country and AM rock stations in the USA.
    Nah, thats a bit like saying Avonmore are the true creators of milk. I don't see why the Eagles should get all the credit because they presented a diluted and re-packaged form of music which radio stations would accept. Of course American radio is always at the cutting edge of new music, and a genre isn't truly created until *they* choose to recognise it (some three years later). Like I said in my earlier post, The Eagles are certainly responsible for commercialising country-rock, a form of music which the likes of the Beatles, Buffalo Springfield, the Byrds, The Band etc etc were dabbling in (far more effectively) years before The Eagles troubled the charts.
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    29 May 2006 11:39 AM
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    The Eagles created Country-Rock, because they were the first band to write and record songs which could & were played on country and AM rock stations in the USA.
    Nah, thats a bit like saying Avonmore are the true creators of milk. I don't see why the Eagles should get all the credit because they presented a diluted and re-packaged form of music which radio stations would accept. Of course American radio is always at the cutting edge of new music, and a genre isn't truly created until *they* choose to recognise it (some three years later). Like I said in my earlier post, The Eagles are certainly responsible for commercialising country-rock, a form of music which the likes of the Beatles, Buffalo Springfield, the Byrds, The Band etc etc were dabbling in (far more effectively) years before The Eagles troubled the charts.
    Oh come off it, the Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, The Beatles ?, Gimme a break, they weren't country rock acts, please.
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    29 May 2006 12:04 PM
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    Oh come off it, the Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, The Beatles ?, Gimme a break, they weren't country rock acts, please.
    No they weren't, not strictly. Which is why I said they dabbled. All the above bands (as well as Gram Parsons) at times showed great musical versatility.
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    29 May 2006 04:22 PM
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    Oh come off it, the Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, The Beatles ?, Gimme a break, they weren't country rock acts, please.
    No they weren't, not strictly. Which is why I said they dabbled. All the above bands (as well as Gram Parsons) at times showed great musical versatility.
    Yep, Gram Parsons was a dabbler, in drugs mainly, good name for a coke addict tho' Gram. Geddit
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    29 May 2006 06:21 PM
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    Yep, Gram Parsons was a dabbler, in drugs mainly, good name for a coke addict tho' Gram. Geddit
    Course the Eagles wouldn't have been in to that sort of thing, would they.
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