Roger McGuinn, leader of The Byrds (who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991), brought his trusty Rickenbacker guitar into my studio this afternoon to play and talk about meeting David Crosby to form the band, merging folk music and rock, and recording “Sloop John B” with Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson for his Folkden website.
We also discussed how he recorded the Byrds first hit (“Mr. Tambourine Man”), his friendship with Bob Dylan and later with Tom Petty, his relationship with The Beatles, and how making money in the music business is easier now thanks to technology. He also performed two more of his songs (“Chestnut Mare” and “I Wanna Be A Politician”).
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