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Roger McGuinn in Studio: Part 2

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Posted on September 14th, 2010 at 4:45 am

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 2, Roger tackles 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. Plus, find out how the rest of The Byrds reacted to the record label's decision to only let Roger play on the first recording of Mr. Tambourine Man.

(Editor's Note: In this segment, Roger discusses what it was like to play with the legendary studio musicians of The Wrecking Crew. Danny Tedesco, whose father Tommy was a guitarist in the Wrecking Crew, appeared on the Growing Bolder Radio Show in 2008 to discuss the documentary he made about the band. Click here to find out much more about these titans of the music industry.)

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

Click here to watch Part 1, during which Roger explained how his parents' "fear" of Elvis Presley made him want to play music even more, and he described the earliest days of The Byrds.

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.

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 10:04pm September 18th, 2010

    OK, now I'm going to need THIS version of "Mr. Tambourine Man" as sung by Roger right here in this interview! Really, really beautiful. I was inside Roger's voice, the best place to be as a listener, like a surfer riding inside the wave.

    I just love this song, always have. The first time I ever heard it, it was Roger's voice I heard on my radio, Roger's lead guitar. Here in this interview we hear Roger tell the story of how he cradled the song and made it his own: Bob Dylan wrote the song, Roger and his creative genius gave it wings. 

  • Posted 2:15pm September 16th, 2010

     Growing Bolder...you guys are doing it again....more McGuinn! It doesn't get any better than that, thank YOU much! I see there are two segments, will the other segments be coming out soon? Camilla is a sweetheart and I can't tell a dimes worth of difference between Camilla and Sally Field...both beautiful looking ladies. Roger....ROCK ON my friend!

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