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Me and Bobby McGee

Kris Kristofferson

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Me and Bobby McGee is a 1988 repackaging of Kris Kristofferson's 1970 debut Kristofferson. And though it didn't really sell, this is the album that turned Nashville on its ear and established him as a professional songwriter. After the novel "Blame It On the Stones" makes light of the sensationalized scapegoating that Mick, Keith and company were getting at the time, the rest of the album unfolds with some of the most influential songs from Kristofferson's quiver. Janis Joplin made the title track a household hit on 1971's Pearl, and the ultimate hangover hymn "Sunday Morning Coming Down" was also a big hit for Johnny Cash (for whom Kris dedicates "To Beat the Devil" here). The romantic "Help Me Make It Through The Night" later became a bigger hit when Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge turned it into a steamy duet. The counterculture of the album's time (i.e. hippies) found a stick-it-to-the-man anthem in "The Law Is for Protection of the People," an unintentionally funny narrative where crooked cops beat up a drunk bohemian, hold down a longhair before forcibly cutting off his locks, and crucify the second coming of Jesus Christ — all within two minutes and 39 seconds.

Customer Reviews

"We Finally Sang Up Every Song That Driver Knew!"

.."I Don't Care Who's Right Or Wrong!"..Storing up years of songs written for others; "Me And Bobby McGee" put the young Kris Kristofferson "On The Map!"-{Kris's tunes were championed early on by the one & only Johnny Cash; Who also gave him exposure on his now-Classic TV Show!}-(Kristofferson's debut on Monument was a true Country-Rock crossover; Boosted greatly by Joplin's version of "Me And Bobby McGee"; Supposedly about Janis & Kris's romance!)-And "For The Good Times"; So Cooly Covered by the Rev. Al Green himself!-Clever Songwriting+Simple Playing+Honest Lyrics=One Very Memorable First Album!-"Beat The Devil!"...by Grimmbo.

the greatest

This is the album that changed my life. I will never forget the day my aunt let me borrow her album...I still have it!!!!!

Good memories

My dad had this album when I was growing up, and I remember it fondly! Really a great album, well worth your time to explore, if you dont already know how talented mr. Kristofferson is. Buy it, you wont be sorry!

Biography

Born: June 22, 1936 in Brownsville, TX

Genre: Country

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

After a lengthy period of struggle, Kris Kristofferson achieved remarkable success as a country songwriter at the start of the 1970s. His songs "Me and Bobby McGee," "Help Me Make It Through the Night," "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," and "For the Good Times," all chart-topping hits, helped redefine country songwriting, making it more personal and serious, much in the way that Bob Dylan's songs had transformed pop music songwriting in the mid-'60s. By 1987, it was estimated that Kristofferson's compositions...
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