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Another Laurel Canyon documentary coming in May 2020 on EPIX

May 19, 2020

"A two-part documentary series, Laurel Canyon, will premiere this month on premium television network EPIX. As the riveting film unfolds, it explores the lives and evolution of the musicians – the Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, the Mamas and the Papas, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt, the Doors, Jackson Browne, Eagles, and many more – who inhabited that unique part of the Los Angeles music scene. Through rare and newly unearthed footage and audio recordings, the documentary features an intimate portrait of the artists who created a music revolution of the ’60s and ’70s that would change popular culture.

Alison Ellwood (History of the Eagles) directed it. Part one will premiere May 31 at 10 p.m. on EPIX. Part two airs one week later, on June 7."
Greg Brodsky, Best Classic Bands

I Was There When... McGuinn, Clark and Hillman Created A Joyful Noise At Hunts In Burlington, VT

April 21, 2020

Doug Collette recalls seeing McGuinn, Clark and Hillman in late April 1979 at Burlington Vermont’s R. W. Hunt Mill & Mining Company. To read the article in Glide Magazine, click the link below.

Kai Clark releases new album "Silver Raven" in tribute to his father, Gene Clark

April 20, 2020

Songs synonymous with the late Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Gene Clark are introduced to a new generation of fans...with the help of some very special friends!


Conceived as a loving tribute to his father’s rich musical legacy, and titled after one of his best-loved compositions (from the legendary No Other LP—itself the subject of a comprehensive new box-set on 4AD), the 11 songs on Silver Raven feature The Kai Clark Band’s soulful reinterpretations of classic material from The Byrds and Dillard & Clark, as well as hand-picked favorites from Gene Clark’s solo work from the 1960s to the 1980s.

 

Available as CD with tri-fold cover, 8 page booklet

 

Track list:
1.  I Found You (3:13)
2.  Mr. Tambourine Man (2:31)
3.  Train Leaves Here This Morning (5:18)
4.  Here Without You (2:42)
5.  Silver Raven (4:41)
6.  Kansas City Southern (5:11)
7.  Gypsy Rider (4:08)
8.  Turn! Turn! Turn! (3:58)
9.  Polly (4:32)
10. Your Fire Burning (8:06)
11. Eight Miles Higher (Bonus Track) (5:02)


Produced by Kai Clark and Jim Moreland

"G" for Gene!

January 07, 2020

Americana UK writer Sean Hannam's feature on AmericanA to Z with G for Gene! Read the full article at the link below!

Album Review: Gene Clark’s ‘No Other’

November 08, 2019

The former Byrd's 1974 solo album is being reissued in a variety of deluxe editions, affirming its status as a lost '70s classic. - Variety

Gene Clark made one of the greatest albums ever recorded

November 06, 2019

"His music is slowly gaining the reputation it deserves" Excellent article from The Economist.

Gene Clark’s classic post-Byrds album, a flop in its time, gets a deluxe reissue

November 05, 2019

The L.A. Times takes a look at 4AD's reissue of Gene Clark's classic album, No Other.

Bloody Hell: Gene Clark's No Other Revisited

November 04, 2019

"A commercial and critical failure on its release, Gene Clark's No Other is considered something of a classic now it's 45. David Bennun "remixes" an old essay on this cult LP to celebrate an upcoming 4AD reissue." Amazing review!!

The Quietus

Reissue CDs Weekly: Gene Clark - No Other

November 03, 2019

Deep-digging revisitation of one of the pre-punk Seventies' best albums

Hear Previously Unheard Outtakes From Gene Clark’s ‘No Other’

October 10, 2019

The Byrds member’s 1974 cult classic will be reissued on November 8th.

"Ahead of the reissue of Gene Clark’s 1974 cult classic No Other, previously unheard outtakes of the title track and “Some Misunderstanding” have been released. The record will be available on November 8th via 4AD in honor of the late musician’s 75th birthday." —Rolling Stone

Read the full article by clicking below.

LISTEN: TWO NEW UNHEARD OUTTAKES FROM GENE CLARK ‘NO OTHER’ BOXSET

October 10, 2019

"Gene Clark’s 1974 masterpiece No Other – one of the American singer-songwriter and Byrds founding member’s finest works – is being reissued by 4AD on November 8th 2019.

Ahead of its release next month, two more outtakes from the recording sessions have been released today to further whet appetite for what’s to come." –Glide Magazine

Click below to read the full article and stream the new tracks.

Gene Clark featured in the November issue of MOJO Magazine

September 28, 2019

Gene Clark is featured in the November issue of MOJO magazine with a six-page spread written by Martin Aston. The article includes some rare photos from the No Other photo sessions. Issue #312 can be purchased at the link below.

Gene Clark’s 1974 Cult Classic ‘No Other’ Gets Massive Reissue

September 10, 2019

The Byrds member’s seminal solo effort to be reissued in November - from Rolling Stone Magazine

Gene Clark’s No Other Reissue and Documentary Announced

September 10, 2019

"Byrds co-founder and folk-rock innovator Gene Clark’s beloved 1974 album No Other will be reissued on November 8 via 4AD. The most lavish bundle available includes the remastered LP on silver vinyl, three CDs featuring alternate session versions of the songs, and a Blu-Ray documentary about the making of the album, directed by Paul Kendall, who also directed a 2013 documentary about Clark’s life." - SPIN Magazine

Gene Clark's Masterful 'No Other' To Be Re-Issued

September 10, 2019

4AD step in to give the cult favourite a new lease of life... - Clash Magazine

Gene Clark’s Cult Classic Album No Other Gets Massive New Reissue

September 10, 2019

The 1974 album from the founding Byrds member - Pitchfork

Gene Clark and Dillard and Clark A&M master tapes confirmed lost in UMG fire

June 25, 2019

Investigative reports by Jody Rosen of the NY Times have confirmed that Gene Clark and Dillard and Clark are among the hundreds of artists whose master tapes were lost in the 2008 fire at the Universal lot in California. For the the complete list, read Here Are Hundreds More Artists Whose Tapes Were Destroyed in the UMG Fire at the link below and more in the JULY issue of Echoes.

Guy Webster, Photographer of Album Covers by The Doors and Rolling Stones, Dies at 79

February 07, 2019

Guy Webster photographer of the album covers for the Byrds Turn! Turn! Turn! and Dillard and Clark's The Fantastic Expedition of Dillard and Clark has passed away at the age of 79. 

Gene Clark: She Don't Care About Time – the greatest B-side ever?

December 07, 2018

In this piece by Phil Shaw, the author makes the argument for why Gene Clark should be regarded is one of our best songwriters.

 

"Imagine a hall of fame for comic actors that neglected Groucho Marx or Charlie Chaplin. Or an academy for film directors which excluded Martin Scorsese or Quentin Tarantino.

 

To say it might lack credibility would be an understatement. I feel much the same about the continued absence from the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame of Gene Clark."

Albums For Millennials: Gene Clark’s “No Other”

September 18, 2018

No Other gets re-discovered by writer Chris Carlson:


"Listening to this album reminds me that true artists give everything over to their work, but that work, sadly, can be overlooked. There’s so much out there yet to be discovered. When we trip across the good stuff, it’s within our power to tell everyone."

Kai Clark interviewed on CBC TV

September 14, 2018

CBC TV, Ottawa News reporter Adrian Harewood‏ interviews KAI CLARK about the Gene Clark Tribute at the City Folk Festival:

On Sept. 15 City Folk Fest an array of musicians will pay tribute to songwriter Gene Clark, a founding member of the iconic folk rock band The Byrds, I recently spoke w/ his son Kai & Skydiggers frontman  Andy Maize about his legacy. Interview begins at the 37:12 mark.

Marissa Nadler – “I Can’t Listen To Gene Clark Anymore”

September 05, 2018

"Gene Clark co-founded the Byrds with Roger McGuinn and wrote a lot of that band’s best songs. He also cranked out a whole host of under-appreciated solo albums. And then he drank himself to death in 1991, when he was 46. He is one of the many doomed greats in the history of American rock music. And now he’s been immortalized by goth-folk great Marissa Nadler on her latest song."

Read more and hear a preview of the song at Stereogum.com

In advance of his appearance as part of The Gene Clark Tribute Show at the upcoming City Folk Festival on September 15, KAI CLARK talks to Dick Altavista, host of CKCU FM's "Can I Have A Word?" Catch it live or stream it on demand at the link below.

When: Wednesday, September 5th at 4:30 pm.

Roadmaster gets a fresh perspective by Pete Paphides

August 28, 2018

Writer Pete Paphides article A punch-drunk paean to the misfortunes that make us and the misfortunes we make.” Gene Clark’s ‘Roadmaster’ takes a fresh look at one of Gene's most popular albums.

Sunset Boulevard Records reissues "So Rebellious A Lover"

August 03, 2018

As seen in the July issue of Echoes, Gene Clark's 1987 collaboration with Carla Olson, So Rebellious A Lover has been reissued by Sunset Boulevard Records. Lauded by MOJO magazine as “A forerunner to the Adult-Alternative movement, what it adds up to is a first-rate country/rock album, modest in ambition but effortlessly achieving all it sets out to” it is a must-have for any Gene Clark fan!

For more information visit the link below.

Dick Altavista hosts a 2 hour special on the music of Gene Clark on CKCU FM

July 18, 2018

Join Dick Altavista host of Both Kinds of Music on CKCU FM tomorrow, July 17 for a two hour special on the music of Gene Clark and the upcoming City Folk Festival Gene Clark Tribute featuring KAI CLARK coming September 15, 2018.

Stream it online on, demand at the link below.

The Return of Gene Clark

June 14, 2018

"Gene Clark Sings for You is a cause for celebration; we get to hear a songwriter working through the intricacies of songs in these tracks and to hear these songs as they’re being born in his mind and in his writing."

A preview of "A Long Time" is included in the article.

Coming Soon from Intervention Records: Gene Clark's 1971 Classic White Light on Hybrid CD/SACD

Intervention Records is releasing Gene Clark's 1971 album White Light produced by Jesse Ed Davis. Details can be found on the website at the link below. Pre-orders are currently being accepted for the SACD/CD issue only. However, we understand that this will also be available on vinyl at a later date.

 

Mastered Direct-to-DSD From Real Analog Tapes!

• Mastered by Kevin Gray at CoHEARent Audio

• Hybrid CD/SACD Plays On All CD and SACD Players

• Super Jewel Box Packaging

Classic Solo Album From Founding Member of The Byrds!  

"... one of the greatest singer/songwriter 

albums ever made." -All Music

 

Intervention Records introduces the next hybrid CD/SACD in its (Re)Discover Series, Gene Clark's stunning 1971 classic, White Light (Cat# IR-SCD9 / UPC 707129301598). White Light's CD/SACD on-sale date is June 22nd.

 

White Light is a bittersweet and knowing statement from a singer/songwriter at the peak of his creative powers. Having fronted The Byrds, Clark on his own here is stripped down in guitarist Jesse Ed Davis' stark production. The lyrics, singing and guitar playing are so powerful that less production here is immeasurably more musically. 

 

White Light's CD/SACD is mastered Direct-to-DSD by Kevin Gray at CoHEARent Audio from the best source available- phenomenal-sounding 1/2" safety copies of the original stereo master tapes. The results are amazing! The beautiful guitar playing is full and rich, and listeners can hear the full body of the instruments, not just the strings. Gene's aching vocals have never been so emotive and immediate.

 

The album art is beautifully restored by IR's Tom Vadakan and housed in a super jewel box.

Suggested retail price for White Light on CD/SACD is $30.
 

Email shane@interventionrecords.com for any additional art or review copies. Follow us on Facebook and visit us on the web at interventionrecords.com

Song Premiere: "Doctor Doctor" by Gene Clark

May 04, 2018

The Big Take Over premiere of 'Doctor Doctor' from the album Gene Clark Sings For You, coming June 15 from Omnivore Recordings (pre-orders accepted now). This song has Gene singing with a full band and has very different vibe than the rest of the songs that have been previewed. 

Read the full article and listen to a full preview of the song at the link below.

Sneak preview of Gene Clark Sings For You!

May 03, 2018

A couple of weeks ago Barnes Newberry host of the My Back Pages radio show played a few tracks from forthcoming Gene Clark Sings For You  and A Trip Through The Garden: The Rose Garden Collection albums from Omnivore Recordings. The songs played were:

 

On Her Own (1967 demo), Gene Clark Sings For You

Past Tense (1967 demo), Gene Clark Sings For You

Down On The Pier (1967 demo), Gene Clark Sings For You

Till Today (1967 studio rehearsal, The Rose Garden w/ Gene Clark), A Trip Through The Garden: The Rose Garden Collection

 

You can hear the tracks from show #290 aired on 4/21/18 at this link:

 

http://www.mvyradio.com/archives/index.php?browse=my_back_pages

 

(Click on "Listen Here" and select show #290. The songs are about halfway through the show, but the rest of the show is excellent as well!)

Gene Clark Sings For You and A Trip Through the Garden: The Rose Garden Collection are both available for pre-order from Omnivore Recordings. Release date for both albums is June 15.

Hear Gene Clark's Rare 1967 Song 'A Long Time'

April 26, 2018

Acoustic post-Byrds demo is among vintage tracks on long-lost Gene Clark Sings for You LP. 

Read the article from Rolling Stone by clicking the link below. The article contains a link to hear "A Long Time" from the forthcoming Gene Clark Sings For You LP out June 15 from Omnivore Recordings.

Homage to Gene Clark

April 24, 2018

"Comparisons fail. These songs don’t hold their own with Gram Parsons, or with Neil Young or Bob Dylan; they carve their own, canyon-sized niche."

Gene Clark Sings For You Press Release

April 12, 2018

Official press release for Gene Clark Sings For You, coming June 15 from Omnivore Recordings. For pre-orders and more information, visit the Omnivore website.

OMNIVORE RECORDINGS RELEASES GENE CLARK SINGS FOR YOU

April 11, 2018

OMNIVORE RECORDINGS announced today that the long-awaited GENE CLARK SINGS FOR YOU will be released on June 15, 2018!

From the Omnivore website:

 

The legendary 1967 Gene Clark recordings. Also includes six additional previously unissued & unknown recordings

Gene Clark’s musical legacy is most certainly assured as a singer, songwriter and member of some xclusive company as an inductee to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a founder of The Byrds, and collaborator in groups such as Dillard & Clark, Gene Clark and the Gosdin Brothers, McGuinn Clark & Hillman and later as the duet partner of Carla Olson (The Textones).

His songs have been covered by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Iain Matthews, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, The Rose Garden, and Chris & Rich Robinson of The Black Crowes among many others. As well documented as Clark’s career has been, there have been remarkable discoveries over the years (see Omnivore’s Here Tonight: The White Light Demos for example), but now the Holy Grail of Clark’s post-Byrds career is finally about to see the light of day:

 

“For longtime Gene Clark fans and aficionados, the tracks on this remarkable archival CD are the stuff of legend. Since word first spread in the 1980s about the discovery of these 1967 recordings on a rare acetate in Liberty Records’ vaults, fans have come to regard Gene Clark Sings For You as nothing less than the Holy Grail of the singer/songwriter’s extraordinary body of work. Shrouded in mystery and the subject of much speculation and conjecture, few have ever had the opportunity to hear these forgotten gems from one of Gene Clark’s most prolifically creative periods. Until now.”
 

 

—John Einarson
author of Mr. Tambourine Man: The Life And Legacy Of The Byrds’ Gene Clark (Backbeat Books)

 

 

In addition to the 8 tracks from the Gene Clark Sings For You acetate, recorded in 1967 after he famously left The Byrds, there are an additional 5 previously unknown tracks from a further 1967 acetate given to the band, The Rose Garden, for recording consideration. This new compilation also includes a previously unissued demo rescued from a tape in the collection of John Noreen, member of The Rose Garden. This demo of the song “Till Today” is Clark running through the song for the band who would cut it on their only album, the 1968 self-titled effort on Atco Records (also being reissued and expanded at the same time as Gene Clark Sings For You).

Released with the full approval and cooperation with both the Estate of Gene Clark and the band, The Rose Garden, Gene Clark Sings For You is produced for release by Grammy®-winner, Cheryl Pawelski with restoration and mastering by Grammy-winner, Michael Graves. Liner notes by John Einarson, author of Mr. Tambourine Man: The Life And Legacy Of The Byrds’ Gene Clark (Backbeat Books) and previously unseen photos.

 

CD / 2-LP / DIGITAL TRACK LIST"

  1. ON HER OWN

  2. PAST TENSE

  3. YESTERDAY, AM I RIGHT

  4. PAST MY DOOR

  5. THAT’S ALIRGHT BY ME

  6. ONE WAY ROAD

  7. DOWN ON THE PIER

  8. 7:30 MODE

  9. ON TENTH STREET

  10. UNDERSTAND ME

  11. A LONG TIME

  12. BIG CITY GIRL

  13. DOCTOR DOCTOR

  14. TILL TODAY

Gene Clark Back Street Mirror 12" EP release for Record Store Day 2018!

March 06, 2018

Gene Clark, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee as a member of the Byrds, struck out on his own in 1966 but by early 1967 he was out looking for another label. These tracks are some of his efforts in recording as a solo singer/songwriter during that time. These recordings included backup by famous L.A Wrecking Crew (Leon Russell, Glen Campbell, Hal Blaine, etc.) along with special guest, Hugh Musekela. The 180g vinyl records were pressed at Hand Drawn Pressings in Texas on the newly designed and manufactured 'WarmTone' automated presses. Packaged in a limited edition numbered silver foil jacket.

SIDE ONE 1. Back Street Mirror 2. Don't Let It Fall Through 3. Yesterday, I Am Right
SIDE TWO 1. She Told Me 2. If I Hang Around 3. That's What You Want

Footage of an interview with Gene Clark from August, 1990

March 04, 2018

Footage of Gene Clark doing an interview with Bill Maher on the Midnight Hour show from August,1990 has been posted by collector Whin Oppice on the Gene Clark Symposium Facebook page. This is most likely the last television appearance Gene made. Click the link below to visit the page.

Woman pictured in a famous psychelic poster claims "Set You Free This Time" was written about her

February 19, 2018

The "Hasch Girl" appears for the first time

According to the article:
 

"In 1965, Ninna had a brief relationship with Byrds star Gene Clark.

- I met Gene a short time behind the stage before their first gig in London, about this meeting he wrote the song "Set me free this time" that was about our first meeting. That was the first thing we said to each other."

Hmm...

Chris Hillman Talks New Album, Tom Petty, and Thomas Fire

February 13, 2018

Chris Hillman discusses his new album with some nice words about Gene Clark & more:


I really love your “She Don’t Care About Time” tribute to fellow Byrd Gene Clark. What made you choose that song?

"I always wanted to record that song because, remember, when Gene wrote it he was about 19 or 20. And I was as amazed then — 50 plus years ago — as I am today. That lyric is so substantial, so beautiful. I mean, where did he come up with that? It’s just amazing, so I wanted to do it."

Click the link below to access the full article.

Deep Tracks: The Byrds

February 06, 2018

"Their first big hits may have been penned by Bob Dylan (“Mr. Tambourine Man” and “All I Really Want To Do”) but the principal songwriter in The Byrds’ early days was the magnificent Gene Clark. He was responsible for all five original songs (two co-written with McGuinn) on their debut album and all show what an incredible songwriter Clark was right from the start."

Jon Savage's 1965 - The Year The Sixties Ignited

January 27, 2018

Jon Savage and Ace Records have a new compilation of swinging tunes from 1965 called "Jon Savage's 1965 - The Year The Sixties Ignited". This new comp includes The Byrds "I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better" penned by our own Gene Clark! For more information on this new release and the complete playlist, click the link below.

Hugh Masekela muscian and activist dies at age 78

January 23, 2018

Hugh Masekela, jazz trumpeter and activist who worked with The Byrds and arranged the horns for 3 Gene Clark songs ("Back Street Mirror", "Don't Let it Fall Through" and "Yesterday, Am I Right?") passed away on January 23,2018. To read the full obituary from The Guardian, click the link below.

As Time Goes By, the memoir of The Beatles and The Byrds publicist, Derek Taylor is being reissued

January 09, 2018

From the Faber Social website:

"Some extremely exciting news to start 2018. On 5 April we reissue As Time Goes By, the memoir of The Beatles publicist, Derek Taylor, first published in 1973. It features a new introduction by Jon Savage and new artwork."

"One of the first sixties pop-cultural history books to be published, As Time Goes By is primarily about The Beatles and Apple but it also takes in Taylor’s sojourn in radical mid-sixties Los Angeles. The twenty-six chapters include material about The Beatles’ frenetic summer 1964 World Tour, The Byrds and the Sunset Strip in 1966 and 1967..."

Gene Clark's 1984 album "Firebyrd" gets a fresh look

January 04, 2018

Beverly Paterson takes a second look at Gene's 1984 album, Firebyrd.

Gene Clark in MOJO Magazine's "20 Best Reissues of 2017"

January 01, 2018

Gene Clark The Lost Studio Sessions, 1964 -1982 (Sierra Records) makes number 12 on MOJO's 20 Best Reissues of 2017! Congratulations!

New interview from Glide Magazine with Chris Hillman. Some nice comments about Gene Clark and his songwriting!

Review: Country-rock pioneer and Byrds founder Chris Hillman honors Tom Petty's legacy at the Troubadour

October 24, 2017

Chris Hillman returns to where it all began at The Troubadour and pays tribute to Tom Petty and Gene Clark:

 

Another musician with a powerful and important connection to the Troubadour — lyricist Bernie Taupin, Elton John’s longtime songwriter partner — looked on approvingly from the club’s balcony, 47 years after John’s star exploded in the same room.

“I always felt that Chris has kind of flown under the radar of most people,” Taupin said shortly before their set began. “But I also thought he was the second-best songwriter in the Byrds, next to Gene Clark.”

In fact, during the show, Hillman saluted his former bandmate, saying, “We all strived to write as good as Gene did,” by way of introducing his arrangement of Clark’s achingly beautiful “She Don’t Care About Time,” which Hillman included on “Bidin’ My Time.”

Record Store Day Exclusive Release - Byrds 7" single

October 17, 2017

Sundazed is releasing a Byrds 7" colored vinyl single for Record Store Day on November 24, 2017, with two Gene Clark penned songs, You Movin'/Boston. Quantity is limited to 1,500. Don't miss out!

"It was once said that Petty’s entire career was an attempt to rewrite the Byrds’ Feel a Whole Lot Better (he eventually just covered it), and on American Girl he created a song to rival that earlier sound of California."

RIP Tom Petty - you will be missed.