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Roger McGuinn in Studio: Part 1

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Posted on September 8th, 2010 at 5:25 pm

Rock and roll Hall of Famer Roger McGuinn and his wife, Camilla, recently stopped by the Growing Bolder Radio Show for the entire hour, and our cameras were rolling. With his guitar in hand, Roger takes an intimate look back at his 50 years in the music business and tells us how he continues to grow and evolve.

Go behind the scenes for an unforgettable session with a legend.

In Part 1, Roger explains how his parents' "fear" of Elvis Presley made him want to play music even more, and he describes the earliest days of The Byrds.

Plus, find how he's incorporating technology he learned from Growing Bolder into his concert performances and lectures at universities across the country. 

Click here to watch Part 2 and listen to Roger tackle his group's breakthrough hit -- Mr. Tambourine Man. He shows us how the song started as a demo and recalls how his bandmate David Crosby felt the original version would never play on radio. See for yourself how Roger tweaked the song and turned it into the classic that we all know and love today.

Click here to watch Part 3, and find out what it was like for the still-broke Byrds to suddenly be the band behind the country's hottest song and about some of the smaller parties they played in the early days, including Jane Fonda's birthday party. And Roger gets out his guitar to explain how he learned "Turn! Turn! Turn!" from Pete Seeger and put his own "Beatle beat" on it.

Click here to watch Part 4, and find out what life on the road is like for Roger these days. He explains why he's very specific in the venues he chooses and what prompted him to leave the big record labels behind and become his own company. And Roger gets out this guitar for one of his newer songs, "On and On." Roger says he wrote the song about his life in the early 1960s when he was working for Bobby Darin and playing in coffeehouses in New York's Greenwich Village.

Click here to watch Part 5, and listen to Roger describe his Grammy-nominated Folk Den Project and explain why he felt such an urgency to preserve the songs and history of folk music. And Camilla opens up about their 30-plus years of marriage and reveals how their shared faith in God is a key part of their successful relationship.

You can also listen to an audio version of the complete hour by clicking here.

Want more Roger? Click on the Related Media tab for more exclusive videos, including a recording session for his Grammy-winning Folk Den Project and see how he's turned into one of the greenest rockers around.

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  • Posted 2:19pm September 16th, 2010

     Roger has to be one of the GREATEST story tellers ever. I really believe that between Roger and Camilla they need to get that book out that Roger told me he would in 1976 called "A BYRDS EYE VIEW" wow, what a read that would be. Roger, Camilla...you're the BEST!

    And Growing Bolder, thank YOU! Please more McGuinn, let's make this into a series!

  • Posted 4:19pm September 13th, 2010

    Well, Titus, Roger did bring his trusty hands. Without them the Rickenbacker 12-string, or any other of Roger's guitars, would only be beautiful wallflowers, waiting for someone to dance with them. But I agree with you, the way Roger plays his 12-string Rickenbacker is unmatched. 

    I like your portrait. Nice brain.  

  • Posted 4:08am September 13th, 2010

    Great interview, but I'm disappointed that Roger didn't have his trusty Rickenbacker 12-string electric. George Harrison and Roger McGuinn put that beautiful guitar and it's unmistakable sound on the map. His acoustic wasn't even a 12-string! Anyway, I truly enjoyed it and hope there is more to come!

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    GB Staff
    Posted 12:32pm September 11th, 2010

    Don't worry, Carol!  We will hear more from Camilla in the upcoming segments.  Stay Tuned!

  • Posted 6:37pm September 10th, 2010

    This is Great!!! Roger's voice is terrific. It sounds like it's Growing Younger. Somewhere in Roger's attic is an old reel-to-reel tape machine with a tape recording of an "old man voice" singing Byrds' songs, and the voice on the tape keeps getting older, while Roger's voice keeps getting younger.

    When I watch this interview I feel like I am right there in the room with everyone. But I wanted to hear Camilla speak more. Maybe she does in the followup interviews.   

  • Growing Bolder
    Growing Bolder
    Growing Bolder
    Posted 7:59pm September 9th, 2010

    Thanks, Peter! Please check back. We'll post segment 2 next week. This interview only gets better!

  • Posted 4:41pm September 9th, 2010

    Great voice. Wonderful spirit. Comfortable interviewers. An altogether enjoyable experience.

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