Died The Monkees' Daydream Believer is one of pop's most recognizable hits. John Stewart, the former Kingston Trio member who wrote it, may not have been as well known, but he was a cult figure among peers. Stewart made 40 solo albums, traveled as a performer with Robert Kennedy's 1968 campaign and wrote hits for Joan Baez, Rosanne Cash and others. His masterpiece, though, was a collection of narrative gems inspired by trips around the country with his father. Among the 200 best albums of all time, according to Rolling Stone, 1969's California Bloodlines helped define the country-folk-rock genre Americana. Stewart...

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