Bring on your grievous angels. On this date in 1973 one of the gods of of music died. So, go down this rabbit hole and read about the place where his loyal friends cremated him.

Gram Parsons invented country rock, introduced rock to the gorgeous suits made by Nudie’s Rodeo Tailors (Porter Wagoner already knew about them) and though most of the love came posthumously, was and is one of the most beloved of rock musicians. He is forever linked to Joshua Tree, California which he loved and where he mysteriously died. The current issue of Salt Lake magazine features an article about Joshua Tree National, recently upgraded to a National Park, with nods to Gram Parsons.

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