Embroidered with marijuana leaves on the front and a large cross on the back, Gram Parsons’s suit was made by Nudie’s Rodeo Tailors.
- Courtesy of Manuel Cuevas and Melanie Wells
The Flying Burrito Brothers, 1969. Left to Right: Chris Hillman, Chris Ethridge, Gram Parsons, “Sneaky” Pete Kleinow. Photo by Barry Feinstein.
Born Florida 1946
As solo artist and member of the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers, country-rocker Gram Parsons pioneered roots music with a rock & roll attitude—a sound he called “cosmic American music”—in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Although he died in 1973 before attaining commercial success, Parsons’s stature as an icon of alternative country has grown over time.