The Flying Burrito Brothers were the link between the rock/folk movement headed up by the Byrds and all the post country/rock music that would follow - the Eagles, New Riders of the Purple Sage, and all the rest of them.
The Gilded Palace of Sin, the Burritos astonishing debut, kicked it all off. With songwriter/musician Gram Parsons leading the way in his outrageous custom-tailored Nudie suits, the album would be forever seen as the touchstone for a whole generation of musicians.
Former Byrds and Burritos member Chris Hillman tells the tale to author John Einarson, an expert on all things Byrds and country. Guitarist Hillman buries all the myths and uncovers all the truths. He brings the reader right back to the very earliest days of Parsons' experimentations with the International Submarine Band; recording sessions for the Byrds; the Sunset Strip period; and Gram's descent into the fires of addiction.
There are a host of amazing characters here, including the Byrds, Stephen Stills, Richie Furay, Emmylou Harris, Bernie Leadon, and an array of other significant music business insiders.
To this day, the influence of the Burrito Brothers can be felt in the music of Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, and even the Rolling Stones (the FBB opened for Mick and Keith on a tour). All of the elements are here: Hillman reveals the tale honestly, and Einarson translates it to paper faithfully.