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Time Between: My Life as a Byrd, Burrito Brother, and Beyond – CHRIS HILLMAN in conversation with Barney Hoskyns

Saturday 7th November, 8.15pm

CHRIS HILLMAN is arguably the primary architect of what’s come to be known as country rock. After playing the Southern California folk and bluegrass circuit, he joined David Crosby, Roger McGuinn, Gene Clark and Michael Clark as an original member of The Byrds. He went on to partner with Gram Parsons to launch The Flying Burrito Brothers, recording a handful of albums that have become touchstones of rock-influenced country.

Hillman then embarked on a prolific recording career in various configurations: as a member of Stephen Stills’ Manassas; as a member of Souther-Hillman-Furay with J.D. Souther and Richie Furay of Buffalo Springfield; as a solo artist; and in a trio with his fellow former Byrds Roger McGuinn and Gene Clark.

In the 1980s, Hillman launched a successful mainstream country career when he formed The Desert Rose Band with Herb Pedersen and John Jorgenson, scoring eight Top 10 country hits. In the midst of his country success he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. He has since released a number of solo albums with the most recent, Bidin’ My Time, produced by Tom Petty. In Time Between, Hillman takes readers behind the curtain of his quintessentially Southern Californian musical journey.

Barney Hoskyns has been a writer for almost 40 years and is the author of books such as Hotel California, Small Town Talk, Lowside of the Road and the recently-published Never Enough: A Way through Addiction (2017).

He began writing about music in 1980 for Melody Maker and then for New Musical Express and the New Statesman. He has also written on pop culture and the arts for British Vogue, The Times, The Guardian, The Independent, and The Observer. Between 1993 and 1999 Barney worked as associate editor and then U.S. correspondent of MOJO, also contributing to such American publications as Harper’s Bazaar, Interview, Spin and Rolling Stone.

His history of the L.A. music scene, Waiting for the Sun (1996) was nominated for a Ralph J. Gleason award in America.

After four years in America Barney returned to London, writing for GQ, Spin, MOJO, Uncut, The Guardian, The Independent and the Telegraph magazine. He also worked as a regular broadcaster and pundit on both radio and television, appearing on Walk On By (BBC2), Behind The Music (VH1), Classic Albums (BBC2), and many other programmes. He was the consultant on the acclaimed 2005 series Soul Deep (BBC2).

In 2000 Barney became Senior Editor at CDNOW in London, leaving a year later to co-found the online archive Rock’s Backpages with Mark Pringle and Martin Colyer. Rock’s Backpages has been acclaimed as a major archival resource by Mojo, The Guardian, Entertainment Weekly, Library Journal and many others.

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