Song of the Day #19 – “Renaissance Fair” by The Byrds

“Renaissance Fair” – from Younger Than Yesterday by The Byrds (1967) I like Bruce Eder of the Allmusic Guide’s description of this song as “a perfect synthesis of the group’s original electric-folk sound evolved into a new, more contemporary form of music and songwriting, almost hippie-folk music.”  I would say it’s not almost hippie-folk music,…

“Imagine There’s No Beatles” by Charlie Bermant (book review)

What would Jimi Hendrix be doing now if he hadn’t died in 1970? Would he have moved in a jazz direction and turned his back on mainstream rock? How about Jim Morrison? Abandoned music to become an expatriate poet in Paris? What about Janis Joplin? Nick Drake? Kurt Cobain? Speculative music journalism is a small,…