Announcing Vol. 61: Flying Burrito Brothers, Gilded Palace of Sin

Amidst the mayhem of proposals, we must not forget that we’re still publishing some actual, proper, wonderfully readable books. Coming very shortly are the volumes on Wire’s Pink Flag and Big Star’s Radio City, but today let’s celebrate Bob Proehl’s telling of the story behind The Gilded Palace of Sin.

Here’s the back cover copy from Bob’s book…


The Burritos wanted country music that breathed and bled, that was relevant and vital. To create it, they injected the country of the past with everything at hand, anything they could find that mattered to them. They stuffed it full of club girls and pot and dead Kennedys and soul and hippies and riots and rhinestones, crossing their fingers and hoping it would pop, dazzling audiences as sure as Operation Rolling Thunder’s bombing of North Vietnam or the sunburst on the back of Chris Hillman’s Nudie suit.

Rising from the rubble of the Byrds at the end of the sixties, the short-lived Flying Burrito Brothers created an extraordinary, pioneering country rock album. The Gilded Palace of Sin fused elements of country, R&B, and rock, in a way that was years ahead of its time. Delving into issues of race, politics, and fashion that inform the album, Bob Proehl traces the story of Gram Parsons and Chris Hillman’s collaboration from South Africa to Altamont, shining a light on an album that defied convention and laid the groundwork for subsequent decades of alternative country music.

Bob Proehl is a DJ, writer, and owner of No Radio Records, an independent record store and label. He is the country music columnist for and resides in Ithaca, NY.


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9 Thoughts to “Announcing Vol. 61: Flying Burrito Brothers, Gilded Palace of Sin”

  1. I’m currently reading this volume in the 33 1/3 series and feel compelled to share how much I’m enjoying it! A great read.

  2. This info will help me alot..Thanks..This is such a nice site too..

  3. Just received it yesterday. Can’t wait to start it 🙂

  4. I know Bob and his Parsons predilections. I’ve been enjoying this predominately pink book as well… I knew of SOME of the lore around the band but he adds a nice pan-cultural perspective that makes it all very entertaining.

  5. Nik

    Can’t wait to read this one!Hey David, silly question — is the Nine Inch Nails book by Daphne Carr still happening? Just wondering.

  6. Excellent! I picked up a nice copy of the LP at Academy about a month ago to get myself ready for this release. Can’t wait to get my hands on the book.

  7. Bob Proehl is awesome!! I’ll read it just because he wrote it!

  8. I finished reading this about a week ago, and have to say, it’s very funny and an excellent read.I’m glad he explained the history behind the Nudie suit!

  9. I’m really enjoying this book.

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