I’m pleased to announce an event that will showcase some important Kansas City music history.
The Gene Clark Symposium will be a unique gathering of Gene Clark collectors and fans from across the country (and in a couple of cases, from Europe). The event is the idea of Whin Oppice, a noted Gene Clark collector. I’m assisting with planning and logistics, and will give a presentation on my own Clark research.
The symposium is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Nov. 4-5, in Overland Park, Kan., a suburb of Kansas City.
Gene Clark grew up in Kansas City and was one of the founders of the Byrds, one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll bands of the 1960s. He also had an influential solo career and is considered to be one of the architects of folk-rock, country-rock and the singer-songwriter movement of the 1970s.
One of the ironies about Gene’s recording career is although there were long stretches between official releases, he wrote prolifically and recorded often. For a variety of reasons, much of this material remains unreleased. Through the years, as material became available, collectors bought it and preserved it.
This will be the first gathering of Gene Clark collectors in real life, although many frequently communicate online. It’s fitting that it’s in Kansas City, where Gene grew up.
The symposium is open to all Gene Clark fans, and you don’t need to contribute material to attend. For more information, go the Gene Clark Symposium section on this site.