The Byrd Who Flew Alone: The Triumphs & Tragedy of Gene Clark

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The Byrd Who Flew Alone: The Triumphs & Tragedy of Gene Clark
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Review

Maverick songwriter Gene Clark penned some of the sweetest moments on the Byrds’ first three LPs: The World Turns all around Her, Here without You and Eight Miles High were all fruits from the Gene Clark tree. Self-destructive and uncomfortable with fame, he left the band at the peak of its success, but his solo LPs couldn’t reach the commercial heights achieved by remaining bandmates David Crosby, Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman (who all feature here).

This beautiful biography, focusing mostly on the post-Byrds years, shows how profoundly he was respected by his contemporaries. “If anyone had star written on their passport it was Gene Clark,” says erstwhile collaborator Sid Griffin.

Summary

A documentary on the enigmatic former Byrds frontman Gene Clark, drawing on interviews with his family, friends and fellow musicians. Since the Missouri-born songwriter's death in 1991 at the age of 46, his songs have been covered by artists ranging from Robert Plant to Yo La Tengo, and he has been hailed as a key influence by generations of musicians - and yet arguably failed to enjoy the success his work deserved.

Cast & Crew

Director Jack Kendall
Director Paul Kendall
Executive Producer Mark Cooper
Executive Producer Dan Kendall
Executive Producer Jack Kendall
Producer Paul Kendall
Writer Paul Kendall
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