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Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Roger McGuinn: A troubadour keeps on playing


Saturday evening former Byrds leader Roger McGuinn will take the Michigan Theater stage with his signature jangling guitar, weaving together autobiographical tales with hits from his storied career and classics from the folk canon.
Though he has shared the spotlight with several generations of rock icons ranging from Pete Seeger to Tom Petty, R.E.M. and Wilco, McGuinn says he enjoys nothing more than flying solo.
"I love touring, especially now that my wife and I travel together and it's like a honeymoon," McGuinn, 72, says. "I've had record executives saying, 'Rog, it's kind of like sports guys knowing when to hang up the jock.' But even if I have to be a busker, I'm going to continue doing it."
Despite five decades in the music business and a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, McGuinn is the rare rock star who still seems humbled to have any public interest in his music. Even today, he sounds surprised to have made it beyond the desperate times before The Byrds revolutionized the airwaves in 1965 with their cover of Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man."
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