CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame continues its Virtual Interview Series with special guest and inductee Chris Hillman of the Byrds.
Hillman joins the Rock Hall on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 to discuss his recently released book Time Between: My Life as a Byrd, Burrito Brother, and Beyond.
In Time Between, Hillman shares his quintessentially Southern Californian experience, from an idyllic, rural 1950s childhood to achieving worldwide fame with hits such as “Mr. Tambourine Man,” “Turn! Turn! Turn!,” “Eight Miles High,” and “So You Want to Be a Rock & Roll Star” to becoming the first of his peers to move to Laurel Canyon. Featuring behind-the-scenes insights on his time in the Byrds, his productive but sometimes complicated relationship with Gram Parsons, his role in launching the careers of Buffalo Springfield and Emmylou Harris, and the ups and downs of life in various bands, music is only part of his story. Following the book discussion, country music legend Marty Stuart will join the event as a special guest. In 2018, Hillman and his Byrds bandmate Roger McGuinn teamed up with Stuart on a tour of shows to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Byrds’ groundbreaking album Sweetheart of the Rodeo.A limited number of signed copies of Time Between: My Life as a Byrd, Burrito Brother, and Beyond will be available to purchase online and in the Rock Hall store. About Chris HillmanA country-rock pioneer and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, Chris Hillman has never stopped making music. He was a founding member of the Byrds, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Manassas, the Souther-Hillman-Furay Band, McGuinn-Clark-Hillman, and the Desert Rose Band. In 2017 Hillman released the acclaimed Bidin’ My Time, his first solo album in 12 years, produced by Tom Petty and executive-produced by Herb Pedersen. In 2018, the 50th Anniversary of the Byrds’ groundbreaking Sweetheart of the Rodeo album, which launched the country-rock movement in 1968 and is widely considered to be one of the most influential albums in the genre, was celebrated with a special tour featuring Hillman and fellow Byrds alum Roger McGuinn, with country legends Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives. The album ranked #120 on Rolling Stone’s list of “The 500 Greatest Albums.”
Following the Sweetheart tour, in January of 2019, Hillman became the focus of another benchmark event when the Museum of Ventura County honored his six-decade career with a vivid retrospective. Titled Chris Hillman: Time Between, the exhibit spanned the ’60s to the present and showcased the artist’s legacy through stories, memorabilia, instruments and stage attire. “I’ve had a great life,” says Hillman. “And it’s not over — we’re not done.” With that affirmation, it is safe to say, more of the best is yet to come. Hillman’s memoir, Time Between:My Life as a Byrd, Burrito Brother, and Beyond was released via BMG Books in November of 2020. The book is now in its second printing. About the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Rock Connects Us. Our mission is clear: To engage, teach and inspire through the power of rock & roll. We share stories of the people, events and songs that shape our world through digital content, innovative exhibits, live music, and engaging programs. Join the millions who love it as much as you do. Experience us live or online — Visit rockhall.com or follow the Rock Hall on Facebook (@rockandrollhalloffame), Twitter (@rockhall), Instagram (@rockhall) and YouTube (youtube.com/rockhall). Long Live Rock!