Are the Byrds still relevant?

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Are the Byrds still relevant?

Postby (Kiddwad57) » Sun Apr 16, 2017 6:28 pm

Borrowing a concept from another thread...

So if the Beatles are, or are not, relevant to kidz these days, how about the Byrds? The Shadows? Or any of the other great sixties bands? Don't the musical explorations of past artists have influence on newer artists, even if the younger folks don't recognize these influences?
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Re: Are the Byrds still relevant?

Postby (jimk) » Mon Apr 17, 2017 11:09 pm

Oh man....how do I respond to this question? I'm a geezer. I was a kid when "Mr. Tambourine Man" was a huge hit for the Byrds. I have no idea whether or not the Byrds are relevant....whatever that may mean, for kids nowadays. I should think that any guitar player who picks up a Rick 12 string either consciously or unconsciously is influenced by Roger McGuinn in some small perhaps unacknowledged way.
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Re: Are the Byrds still relevant?

Postby (Kiddwad57) » Tue Apr 18, 2017 12:30 am

...and the beat goes on and on and on...
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Re: Are the Byrds still relevant?

Postby (Byrdfan1948) » Tue Apr 18, 2017 10:41 am

Interesting question. At the risk of sounding like a politician I think the question has a yes, as well as no, answer. I realize the question was meant to ask if they are still relevant with the generation that today is the same age as those of us who were in our teens and early 20's back in the 60's. When I can bring myself to try to listen to what passes for popular music today, not only do I think the answer is No, but I almost HOPE the answer is no.

On the other hand those of us who were fortunate enough to grow up with groups like The Byrds seem to be doing a decent job of keeping their memories alive. It certainly isn't very hard to find many very good bands all over the country who's focus is music of that era. From that stand point they are IMO still very relevant.

Both my son and daughter now in their mid, to late 30's, grew up in our home listening to The Beatles and The Byrds , as well as most other 60's and 70's groups. Not just with the records I would play, but what I would sing and play on my guitar. As a result they are both appreciate the Beatles and Byrds, and many other 60's groups. But if I listen to what they listen to, or what they buy for music it's not Byrds or Beatles etc.

As the song goes to everything there is a season. I think The Byrds have had a far longer season than 95% of the groups ever to have come and gone. But while their relevance to what is called music today maybe very small, their relevance to the history of popular music will never be questioned or diminished. Just my 2 cents. Al
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Re: Are the Byrds still relevant?

Postby (12_strings) » Wed Aug 30, 2017 10:19 am

In one sense it is a tough question due to the state of the music industry and how people listen to music now. In the good old days, listening was more of a tribal experiece because of AM then FM radio. You would hear something in the car or at home then tell your friends then buy a 45 (remember those!!!?) or an album if you could afford it.

Now people seem to be more solitary in their listening habits, putting together play lists on their digital appliance for their own listening enjoyment. Sharing does occur but it seems to be less of a group experience. Maybe it's just that I'm an old fart and not part of the digital revolution and not fond of much of today's sampled, enhanced homogenized music. I do listen to CDs but also kept my turntable. Vinyl has made somewhat of a comeback but it is more of a boutique medium and expensive.

As far as the Byrds, their music is timeless because of its integrity, originality, and in many cases, beauty. That does not go away. I discover something new every time I listen to their albums, especially the first four. Knowing their story, the individual personalities of the group's members and the times in which they were so influential also helps add to their importance as one of the seminal groups in rock n' roll.

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Re: Are the Byrds still relevant?

Postby (buddycoyote) » Thu Aug 31, 2017 3:28 pm

I would say no. I would say they could have been except for Mcguinns reluctance to keep a Byrds group recording ao touring even though he makes a living touring and performing Byrd songs. It's a shame since Crosby, Hillman, and Gene Parsons are all alive and capable of performing.
Would be cool if Tom Petty and his guitar player along with the remaining Byrds less Mcguinn put a Byrds group together. Worked for the Grateful Dead by adding John Mayer.
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Re: Are the Byrds still relevant?

Postby (drumbob) » Mon Apr 20, 2020 9:29 pm

They are relevant in terms of their music being influential on bands old and young, but as musicians in their own right, no, they are not relevant. That doesn't mean I don't love the Byrds' music to this day. Quite the contrary. And no, I would absolutely not want to see Gene Parsons playing in a reformed Byrds lineup. Gene was one of the worst rock drummers I have ever heard. I remember trying to listen to his drum solo on the live version of "Eight Miles High" and cringing after about a minute. The man was a terrible drummer, sorry to say. I don't know why McGuiinn ever hired him in the first place.

How did I arrive at this conclusion? By being a rock drummer myself for over fifty years and by writing a book on 60's rock drummers.
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