Byrds co-founder and folk rock pioneer Roger McGuinn is 73 today. Here’s the original video of the band performing the 1966 McGuinn-Clark-Crosby composition “Eight Miles High” that featured McGuinn’s Coltrane-inspired improvisation on a twelve-string Rickenbacker guitar, eventually leading to the “jangle rock” style associated with the Byrds and many later acts.
Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.
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