Gram Parsons – The Streets of Baltimore

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Cap Rock, Joshua Tree National Park

My brother recently visited Cap Rock in Joshua Tree National Park
outside of L.A. He had just seen a Travel Channel documentary  depicting
the September 19, overdose of country/folk rock songwriter and
performer, Gram Parsons, who was a former member of the Byrds. The
documentary quickly the story of Gram’s death and how his road
manager, Phil Kaufman, made good on a promise to burn Gram’s body at
Joshua Tree upon his demise. Good friends keep promises. Phil kept his
promise to Gram.

Many photos are out there of Gram Parsons communing with nature at
Joshua Tree, especially with close bud Keith Richards of the Rolling
Stones.

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My nephew communing with nature and pondering how to dispose of Uncle Scott’s remains in the near future.

Gram teamed up with folk legend Emmylou Harris to record their version of the heavily covered “Streets of Baltimore”:

Back in 2003, Johnny Knoxville, Christina Applegate, and Michael Shannon (Agent Van Alden of ’s “Boardwalk Empire”) starred in “Grand Theft Parsons.” This scene depicts Phil Kaufman (played by Knoxville) dousing Gram’s casket with five gallons of gasoline and setting it ablaze at Joshua Tree.

Related:

  • “Streets of Baltimore” — Wikipedia
  • The Strange Death of Gram Parsons: 1973 — Byrd Watcher
  • 1969 Desert Trippin’: Gram Parsons, Anita Pallenberg & Keith Richards — The Selvedge Yard)


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