Wounds To Bind: A Memoir Of The Folk-rock Revolution by Jerry BurganWounds To Bind: A Memoir Of The Folk-rock Revolution by Jerry Burgan

Wounds To Bind: A Memoir Of The Folk-rock Revolution

byJerry BurganAs told byAlan RifkinForeword bySylvia Tyson

Paperback | July 2, 2015

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The dawn of folk rock comes to life in Jerry Burgan's unforgettable memoir of the pre-psychedelic 1960s and the summer that changed everything. As a naïve folksinger from Pomona, California, Burgan was thrust to the forefront of the counterculture and its aftermath. The Byrds, the Rolling Stones, the Mamas and Papas, Barry McGuire, Bo Diddley and many others make appearances in this 50th Anniversary reminiscence by the surviving cofounder of WE FIVE, the San Francisco electro-folk ensemble whose million-seller, "You Were On My Mind," entered the world two months before Bob Dylan plugged in an electric guitar at the Newport Folk Festival. Vying with the Byrds to record the first folk-rock hit, Burgan and his lifelong friend Mike Stewart embarked on a road they thought well paved by the latter's older brother, Kingston Trio member John Stewart. Little did they realize that they would join the largest-ever American generation in an ecstatic, sometimes tortured, journey of invention and disillusion. Wounds to Bind bears witness to a lost and hopeful convergence in American history-that missing link between the folk and rock eras-when Bob Dylan and Sammy Davis Jr. were played on the same radio station in the same hour. A survivor of the human realignments, tragedies and triumphs that followed, Burgan tracks down the demons that drove the genius of We Five cofounder Mike Stewart and sheds light on the 40-year enigma of what became of the band's reclusive lead singer, Beverly Bivens, a forerunner of Grace Slick, Linda Ronstadt, and Stevie Nicks.
When not performing with We Five, the 1960s folk-rock group that bridged the gulf between Peter, Paul & Mary and The Jefferson Airplane, Jerry Burgan and his wife, Debbie, appear in Folk Songs & Stories, a show built on the Americana that shaped him, blended with anecdotes about how the music of the past evolved into the forms we know ...
Title:Wounds To Bind: A Memoir Of The Folk-rock RevolutionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:270 pages, 8.91 × 6.06 × 0.79 inPublished:July 2, 2015Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1442245360

ISBN - 13:9781442245365

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Sylvia TysonAcknowledgmentsPart OneChapter 1: ForeshocksChapter 2: 1965: When Folk Met RockChapter 3: 1956: Kids with GuitarsChapter 4: The First Time EverChapter 5: If You're Going to San FranciscoChapter 6: ConvergenceChapter 7: When I Woke Up This MorningPart TwoChapter 8: Awe and ShockChapter 9: Trouble Every DayChapter 10: Appalachian ThanksgivingChapter 11: The Lonely CrowdChapter 12: Ad after Ad after AdChapter 13: C'mon People NowPart ThreeChapter 14: The Sorcerer's ApprenticeChapter 15: Jackpot, NevadaChapter 16: Long Time GoneChapter 17: Wounds Not BoundChapter 18: Funeral for a FriendChapter 19: Folk Songs and StoriesPermissionsAbout the Authors

Editorial Reviews

For those of us who grew up with the magical music of the 60s, this book is riveting and revelatory. It's a rare opportunity to really get inside the experience of being in a million-selling band. Jerry Burgan co-founded We Five and he tells the group's story in fascinating detail - all of the exhilaration, all of the pain. Burgas left Southern California an innocent and launched the band in the Bay Area, where he had to grow up fast. It was the era of drugs, racial unrest and the Vietnam War. And then there was the murky maze of the music business. Burgan was teamed with the group's tortured, creative genius, Mike Stewart, who was trying to climb out of the shadow of his brother John Stewart, a member of the legendary Kingston Trio. The musically adventurous We Five was managed by the Trio's overseer, Frank Werber, a larger-than-life figure on the local music scene, a man who wanted desperately to be at the forefront of the pop revolution, but was mired in promotional ideas of the past. We Five was among the first to meld the earnestness of folk with the excitement of rock. With the versatile, vivacious vocals of charismatic Beverly Bivens in the spotlight, the group garnered attention. Bivens paved the way for the female rockers who came after her, such asGrace Slick and Linda Ronstadt. Burgan recounts We Five's interactions with contemporaries like The Byrds, Mark Lindsay and The Rolling Stones. We Five captured lightning in a bottle with the pioneering, genre-crossing folk-rock masterpiece "You Were On My Mind," a brilliant reworking of a Sylvia Tyson tune. But matching that commercial success again proved to be an impossible task. That makes for a major test of perseverance and dedication to the craft. When fame and fortune are fleeting, does music remain the focal point of these artists' lives? We Five's original clean-cut image was supplanted by something more experimental, even psychedelic, but not everyone one the outside was accepting. Stewart and Bivens, if there were any justice, would be viewed as music icons today. Instead, they're footnotes in pop history. Burgan had to cope with the band's mind-blowing, warp speed takeoff, followed by a perplexing fade. And maybe it's only love and marriage that saved him from becoming a rock casualty. He tells We Five's tale in a touching, thought-provoking, very personal style. He starts his narrative in the 60s, but Burgan soon takes us into timeless territory.