The Byrds were an American rock band, formed in Los Angeles, California in 1964. The band underwent multiple line up changes throughout its existence, with frontman Roger McGuinn remaining the sole consistent member, until the group disbanded in 1973. Although they only managed to attain the huge commercial success of contemporaries like The Beatles, The Beach Boys, and The Rolling Stones for a short period (1965–66), The Byrds are today considered by critics to be one of the most influential bands of the 1960s. Initially, they pioneered the musical genre of folk rock, fusing the influence of The Beatles and other British Invasion bands with contemporary and traditional folk music. As the 1960s progressed, the band were also influential in originating psychedelic rock, raga rock and country rock. The band’s signature blend of clear harmony singing and McGuinn’s jangly twelve string Rickenbacker guitar has continued to be influential on popular music up to the present day. The original five piece line up of the Byrds consisted of Jim McGuinn (lead guitar, vocals), Gene Clark (tambourine, vocals), David Crosby (rhythm guitar, vocals), Chris Hillman (bass guitar, vocals) and Michael Clarke (drums). However, this version of the band was short-lived and by early 1966, Clark had left. The Byrds continued as a quartet until late 1967, when Crosby and Clarke also departed the band. McGuinn and Hillman decided to recruit new members, including country rock pioneer Gram Parsons but by late 1968, Hillman and Parsons had also exited the band. McGuinn decided to rebuild the band’s membership and between 1968 and 1973, he headed a new incarnation of The Byrds, featuring guitarist Clarence White among others. McGuinn disbanded the then current line up in early 1973, to make way for a reunion of the original quintet. The Byrds’ final album was released in March 1973, with the reunited group disbanding soon afterwards. In 1989 McGuinn, Crosby and Hillman performed a series of reunion concerts as The Byrds and also recorded four new Byrds’ songs. In January 1991, the Byrds were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, an occasion that saw the five original members performing together for the last time.
Lissome Art Studio are proud to introduce a range of stylish limited edition art prints dedicated to The Byrds. Each typography poster is individually signed and numbered featuring song titles and lyrics from The Byrds albums and most notable recordings.