A Sooner boy.

A Sooner boy.

The original five-piece line-up of the Byrds consisted of Jim McGuinn (lead guitar, vocals), Gene Clark (tambourine, vocals), David Crosby (rhythm guitar, vocals), Chris Hillman (bass guitar, vocals), and Michael Clarke (drums).  However, this version of the band was relatively short-lived and by early 1966, Clark had left due to problems associated with anxiety and his increasing isolation within the group.  The Byrds continued as a quartet until late 1967, when Crosby and Clarke also departed the band.  McGuinn and Hillman decided to recruit new members, including country rock pioneer Gram Parsons, but by late 1968, Hillman and Parsons had also exited the band.  McGuinn, who by this time had changed his name to Roger after a flirtation with the Subud religion,  elected to rebuild the band’s membership and between 1968 and 1973, he helmed a new incarnation of the Byrds, featuring guitarist Clarence White among others.  McGuinn disbanded the then current line-up in early 1973, to make way for a reunion of the original quintet.   The Byrds’ final album was released in March 1973, with the reunited group disbanding soon afterwards.


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The press response to the aftermath of the Waco Massacre has also been timid. Just today, 23 days after the arrests, the New York Times managed to choke out the words, “some of the men and women caught up in the largest mass arrest of bikers in recent decades believe the justice system broke down in Waco and officials delayed and mishandled their cases.”

It is a fatuous and sloppy think piece that substitutes generalizations for specifics and that is careful to give equal time to the local police propagandist. “’We don’t have a reaction to the opinion of people who we believe we have probable cause to arrest,’ said Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton, a spokesman for the Waco Police Department. ‘It’s commonplace for arrestees to complain about being arrested. Our investigation is ongoing and continuing, and the justice system is working in the way that it should.’”

The Times reporter, Manny Fernandez, also allows Swanton to lie that, “the autopsies of the nine dead were not yet complete and the investigation was continuing.”_________________

Byrds, 1968.

Byrds, 1968.

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