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January - March 2013     VOLUME 17 ISSUE 1
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Calling Me Home: Gram Parsons and the Roots of Country Rock

Author Bob Kealing
Dennis Smolarek

The Cooper Memorial Library will present award-winning reporter and author Bob Kealing with Lake County’s Connection to a Florida Music Legend, Gram Parsons on Saturday, January 19th, 2013 from 11a.m.—1p.m. in Room 108. This program will also feature one-time Parson’s friend and band mate Jim Carlton and nationally-known guitarist and recording artist Forest Rodgers. The event is free to the public.

Known as the father of country rock, Parsons played with the International Submarine Band, The Byrds, and the Flying Burrito Brothers. In Calling Me Home, Kealing traces the entire arc of Parsons’s career, emphasizing his Southern roots. Drawing on dozens of new interviews as well as rare letters and photographs provided by Parsons’s family and legendary photojournalist Ted Polumbaum, Kealing has uncovered facts that even the most stalwart Parsons fans will find revealing.

Bob Kealing does investigative and criminal justice reporting for WESH-TV 2 News.
He is a three-time Emmy award-winning reporter. Bob's work has been featured on "Dateline NBC," MSNBC, CNBC, Court TV, CNN, C-Span and "The Montel Williams Show."
Since joining WESH-TV 2 News in 1992, Kealing has covered major stories nationally and internationally. He has witnessed four executions. In 2004, he was an international correspondent for NBC during hurricanes Charley and Ivan.

Kealing is the author Kerouac in Florida: Where the Road Ends. He is co-founder of the Jack Kerouac Writers in Residence Project of Orlando. His nonprofit charity raised funds to buy and renovate Kerouac's historic Orlando home. It is now a writers retreat.

Books will be available for purchase from Raintree Books and will be signed by the author. For additional information call 352-536-2275.