Jerry Burgan - Songs & Stories

Folk Singer from Glendora, CA - Will travel up to 100 miles
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Jerry Burgan is a musician, singer, songwriter, producer, author and leader of We Five, the 60's folk-rock group whose recordings of You Were On My Mind, Let's Get Together, and Cast Your Fate To The Wind sent them to the top of the pop record charts. When not performing with We Five, Jerry does solo appearances featuring his Songs & Stories show blending Americana and folk songs with back stories about how the songs evolved into the forms we know today. He connects well with almost any audience and is available for private events or house concerts, as well as a speaker at schools, universities, bookstores and libraries. Jerry can also be joined by his wife, Debbie, as well as other musicians and singers when when budget and circumstances are appropriate.

Jerry's book, 'Wounds to Bind – A Memoir of the Folk Rock Revolution,' (Rowman & Littlefield), was favorably reviewed for telling "...a unique and unforgettable story of the pre-psychedelic 1960s. As a naive folksinger from Pomona, California, Burgan found himself thrust in his teenage years to the forefront of the counterculture and its aftermath. The Rolling Stones, The Byrds, Bo Diddley, Otis Redding, The Righteous Brothers, The Ohio Players, Paul Revere & The Raiders, Herman's Hermits, Judy Henske, Barry McGuire, and the Kingston Trio all make appearances in this tale told by the co-founder of We Five, the San Francisco electro-folk ensemble that soared to the top of the charts with its recording of the million-selling "You Were On My Mind." In the vanguard of what came to be known as folk rock, Burgan and his lifelong friend Mike Stewart embarked on a road they thought well paved by the latter's older brother and Kingston Trio member, John Stewart. Little did Burgan realize that they would join the rest of their generation in an ecstatic, sometimes tortured journey of invention and disillusion.

With a foreword by Canadian folk legend Sylvia Tyson, Wounds to Bind rewards not only folk revival fans and aficionados of the counterculture music scene, but anyone who came of age musically between 1950 and 1975. Burgan's story bears witness to an eclectic and hopeful convergence in American history—that missing link between the folk and rock eras—when Bob Dylan and Sammy Davis, Jr., were played on the same radio station in the same hour. Chronicling the human realignments that followed, the author sheds light on, among other things, the demons that drove the genius of We Five co-founder Mike Stewart and the forty-year enigma of what became of We Five's reclusive lead singer, Beverly Bivens, who anticipated Grace Slick, Linda Ronstadt and Stevie Nicks."



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