When the Byrds released “Mr. Tambourine Man” in 1965, they introduced Bob Dylan’s songs to a new audience and launched a career that would place them among the most influential rock bands of all time. To celebrate this heritage, a new book offers a visual history of the group.
Offering their incomparable harmonies and Roger McGuinn’s innovative 12-string Rickenbacker guitar, the Byrds never stopped experimenting. They incorporated folk, country and jazz influences into a fresh mix that helped define an era. This era was encapsulated in the 60s.
Today the band’s three surviving founding members – Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman and David Crosby – reunited for ‘The Byrds: 1964-1967’ book, which is a large-format tabletop book that offers a unique visual story of the group.
“The Byrds: 1964-1967” features over 500 shots by legendary photographers such as Henry Diltz, Barry Feinstein, Curt Gunther, Jim Marshall, Linda McCartney, Tom Gundelfinger O’Neal and Guy Webster. The book also includes restored footage from the Columbia Records archives and the personal archives of the band’s original manager. It is a carefully crafted volume and a truly unique collector’s item for Byrds fans.
Currently, the book is available for pre-order and is set to be released in four configurations: a standard version, a deluxe limited edition, a super deluxe limited edition, and a super deluxe limited edition with fine art print. The Deluxe Limited Edition and Super Deluxe Limited Editions will be signed by the three surviving founding members: McGuinn, Hillman and Crosby.
The Super Deluxe Limited Edition, which comes in a custom clamshell box, is limited to just 750 hand-signed and numbered copies, while the Super Deluxe Limited Edition with Art Print is limited to just 75 copies and includes a choice of one of three exclusive 11×14 inch prints by photographers Henry Diltz, Barry Feinstein and Jim Marshall.
The Super Deluxe Limited Edition is available for presale at $475, while the Super Deluxe Limited Edition with Art Print is available for $1,700. Once these editions are sold out, they will not be reprinted.
“The Byrds: 1964-1967” is aimed at the collector market and is presented in a lavish 10.5 x 13 inch format. Featuring over 500 images, many of which have never been published before, the 400-page book is intended to be custom printed in Italy on premium 200gsm fine art paper and has a sewn binding. highest quality yarn, luxurious quarter-bound case and custom shell. box for the super deluxe limited editions.
It is the first in-depth visual book about the Byrds, who were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1991, and the first collaborative book from the surviving founding members. It’s also the first time McGuinn, Hillman and Crosby have worked together on a project since recording new material for a retrospective box set in 1990.
VINYL OF THE WEEK
Keep an eye on this place as each week we’ll be reviewing new or upcoming vinyl from a variety of artists. It can be a reprint of a historical recording, a special edition or a new collection of a legendary act. This week, he’s a hard rocker who maybe should have stayed in his genre.
MAYHEM METHODS: “MAYHEM METHODS”
Methods of Mayhem was Tommy Lee’s project after leaving Mötley Crüe in 1999. The drummer was joined by rapper Tilo and released his self-titled album the same year. Now it’s finally – finally? – available on 180 gram vinyl.
The record “Methods of Mayhem” charted at number 71 on the US Billboard 200 and was later certified gold by the RIAA. It ended with two singles, “Get Naked” and “New Skin”, and was full of guest appearances like Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit, Snoop Dogg, George Clinton of Parliament-Funkadelic, Lil’ Kim, Mix Master Mike, Kid Rock and more.
That’s not to say it was a breakthrough record, but it’s worthy of a time capsule, especially when you have collaborators like the aforementioned Kid Rock.
This is the first time the album has been released on heavyweight 180 gram vinyl, so buy “Methods of Mayhem” online and in stores at any respectable retailer that sells vinyl.
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