“Grievous Angel: The Legend of Gram Parsons” Theatrical Play Opens in Seattle

Posted 28 Nov 2010 in Music + TV News

A theatrical concert about the original cosmic cowboy–he lived fast, died young and left a charred corpse.

Gram Parsons was the creative force behind some of the most important recordings of the late ’60s and early ’70s, and today is hailed as the patron saint of alt-country and Americana. He was born into a southern gothic tragedy straight out of Tennessee Williams—his family owned 18,000 acres of Florida orange groves, and they had all the infidelity, addiction, self-destruction and insanity money could buy. His father, “Coon Dog” Connor, committed suicide when Gram was 12 years old. His mother drank herself to death five years later.

Small wonder that Gram had a morbid compulsion to go out in a haze of glory, and on Sept. 19, 1973, in a cheap motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, Gram got his wish as he OD’d on morphine and tequila. He was 26. But in death, his tale took another bizarre turn. Gram’s road manager, Phil Kaufman, stole his body from Los Angeles airport, took it to the desert and burned it. A rock legend was born.

Grievous Angel: The Legend of Gram Parsons, stars Anders Drerup and Kelly Prescott as Gram and Emmylou Harris. The show was inspired by Michael Bate’s March 1973 interview with the doomed singer in Boston. It was Parsons’ last recorded conversation. The theatrical concert is produced and directed by Michael Bate, written by Michael Bate with David McDonald.

For all  the info you need, including videos and gallery,  please visit  http://www.legendofgramparsons.com/

Posted by Larry Carta


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