By Jerry Burgan, Alan Rifkin
The sunrise of folks rock involves existence in Jerry Burgan’s unforgettable memoir of the pre-psychedelic Nineteen Sixties and the summer season that modified every thing.
As a naïve folksinger from Pomona, California, Burgan was once thrust to the vanguard of the counterculture and its aftermath. The Byrds, the Rolling Stones, the Mamas and Papas, Barry McGuire, Bo Diddley and so forth make appearances during this fiftieth Anniversary memory by way of the surviving cofounder of WE 5, the San Francisco electro-folk ensemble whose million-seller, "You have been On My Mind,” entered the realm months earlier than Bob Dylan plugged in an electrical guitar on the Newport folks pageant. Vying with the Byrds to list the 1st folk-rock hit, Burgan and his lifelong good friend Mike Stewart launched into a highway they notion good paved by way of the latter's older brother, Kingston Trio member John Stewart. Little did they detect that they might subscribe to the largest-ever American iteration in an ecstatic, occasionally tortured, trip of invention and disillusion.
Wounds to Bind bears witness to a misplaced and hopeful convergence in American history—that lacking hyperlink among the folks and rock eras—when Bob Dylan and Sammy Davis Jr. have been performed at the similar radio station within the related hour. A survivor of the human realignments, tragedies and triumphs that undefined, Burgan tracks down the demons that drove the genius of We 5 cofounder Mike Stewart and sheds mild at the 40-year enigma of what grew to become of the band’s reclusive lead singer, Beverly Bivens, a forerunner of Grace Slick, Linda Ronstadt, and Stevie Nicks.