Dolores Ianthe McGuinn

Ianthe McGuinn was born Dolores Deleon in Ray, Ariz., in 1942. She changed her name to Ianthe shortly after her husband Jim McGuinn changed his middle name to Roger as they became followers of Subud. After spending a childhood with her resilient and hardworking mother (she’s profiled in "Songs My Mother Sang to Me," an oral history by Patricia Martin), she became involved with the 1960s folk music scene in Hollywood, Calif. During this experience, she met and later married Roger (aka Jim) McGuinn, who was on the threshold of fame and success as the founding member of his rock music group, the Byrds. After the divorce and raising two young sons as a single mom, she later remarried and completed a nursing degree in her hometown of Tucson, where she currently writes stories and poetry. Her latest book, "In the Wings," chronicles her time with Roger McGuinn. 

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In the Wings: My Life with Roger McGuinn and The Byrds
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
New Haven Publishing
August 2017
ISBN 9781910705827
234 pages
The author will make this book available for sale at the Author Pavilion during the Festival.

Sharing tales of the Byrds' rise to fame from her unique vantage point as the only woman consistently involved with and at the center of the drama and success of the Byrds, Ianthe McGuinn tells the story of the exploding rock music scene in 1960s Los Angeles.

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