The Byrd Who Flew Alone:
The Triumphs And Tragedy Of Gene Clark
‘The Byrd Who Flew Alone’ is a feature length documentary, exploring the life and work of Gene Clark – singer-songwriter with The Byrds, one of the 60’s most influential and iconic bands, and a pioneer in American music.
It’s been made with the support and involvement of Gene’s family, as well as a whole host of friends and fellow musicians. Not least the three surviving original Byrds – David Crosby, Chris Hillman and Roger McGuinn.
The region-free DVD also includes over an hour of special features: extended interviews, two complete performances and a directors’ commentary. Now Available on Region Free DVD
Gene Clark is well known for the songs he wrote during his two years with The Byrds. The memorable tunes include “I’ll Feel a Whole Lot Better”, “She Don’t Care About Time”, “Set You Free This Time” and “Eight Miles High.”
Lesser known, but just as stirring are the masterpieces he wrote over the following years, including “Train Leaves Here This Morning,” “She Darked The Sun,” “Where My Love Lies Asleep,” “Tried So Hard,” and “Silver Raven.” Two of his songs, “Through The Morning, Through The Night” and “Polly,” were covered on the 2007 album “Raising Sand,” by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss.
Clark’s brilliant solo albums, such as “White Light” and “No Other,” failed to achieve commercial success. Collaborations with artists like the Gosdin Brothers, Bernie Leadon and Doug Dillard pioneered the country-rock genre, but didn’t receive their rightful recognition.
Visually striking, the magnetic Clark was blessed with a gorgeous singing voice and a gift for combining literate, intriguing, poignant lyrics with moving, haunting melodies.
Paul Kendall has written and co-directed an enthralling, insightful new documentary, “The Byrd Who Flew Alone: The Triumphs and Tragedy of Gene Clark.” From PCC’s Interview With Documentarian Paul Kendall By Paul Freeman
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