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Requiem for Rogan 14-02-53 — 21-01-21

Writer Johnny Rogan passed away in January 2021 at the age of 67. Apart from writing the definitive history of the Byrds, he also published books on John Lennon, Van Morrison, Ray Davies/The Kinks, Neil Young, and the Smiths. I felt I owed it to Johnny to reread the entirety of our correspondence before writing this post ... and yet I have no idea why. Was it out of some vague notion of preparedness? Getting my facts straight (as a tireless researcher, he might’ve appreciated that)? Maybe I was seeking solace in cold, dry facts as a form of emotional detachment? And yes, as a matter of fact, I have been overthinking this.  In the end, I decided I would consult the emails only for purposes of verifying the times, dates and accuracy of whichever quotations I wanted to share. It’s not my intention for this to be a detached, scholarly piece. And yet, it was our likeminded approach to writing about the music we love—scholarly, yes, but also methodical, respectful, and emotionally invested—

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