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Name: Jaded Faded
Subject: RE: RE: Gram's influence on the Stones, and others
Date: Friday, March 10, 2017
Time: 7:17:07 PM
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Thread ID: 306871

RE: RE: Gram's influence on the Stones, and others

Here are a couple of quotes. I'd love to see more from anyone, whether they support or refute Gram's influence on everybody. It is a fact that country-tinged songs infiltrated a ton of albums from '68-'72 and beyond, regardless of whether or not those albums could be classified as totally country or not.

“Of the musicians I know personally (although Otis Redding, who I didn’t know, fits this, too), the two who had an attitude towards music that was the same as mine were Gram Parsons and John Lennon.”

–Keef in Life, 2010, p. 248

“I used to hang out with Gram, sometimes not for the good. I survived, Gram didn’t. He turned me onto cats like Merle Haggard and George Jones. He crystallized country for me. Gram reshaped country music. He brought it up to date and made it hip. Cats down in the south, they love their music. As a guitar player I want to throw the thing away sometimes when I hear these cats play.”

–Keef in Q Magazine, July 2011

“Gram was a storyteller, but he also had this unique thing that I’ve never seen any other guy do: he could make bitches cry. Even hardened waitresses in the Palomino bar who’d heard it all. He could bring tears to their eyes and he could bring that melancholy yearning. Guys he could rub pretty hard, too, but his effect on women was phenomenal. It wasn’t boo-hoo, it was heartstrings. He had a unique hold on that particular string, the female heart. My feet were soaking from walking through tears.”

–Keef in Life, 2010, p. 249

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