An Evening with Barry McGuire and John York at SoPas Library

In Community Room Sept. 1


Along with Bob Dylan in the mid-’60s came countless other folk singers, including Barry McGuire. Born in Oklahoma, McGuire relocated to New York City and joined the New Christy Minstrels.

He became the band’s lead singer and appeared on several albums. Soon after, McGuire caught the attention of record producer Lou Adler, resulting in the guitarist/singer launching a solo career and signing with Adler’s Dunhill Records in LA.

McGuire and fellow musician John York will be performing together at the South Pasadena Public Library on September 1.

In 1965, McGuire scored a massive hit with the P.F. Sloan-penned “Eve of Destruction,” topping the U.S. charts. McGuire became good friends with Adler’s the Mamas & the Papas and more solo albums were issued, By the early ’70s, McGuire re-appeared as a gospel artist and issued many stellar albums. In the mid-’80s McGuire put his music career on hold and moved to New Zealand with his wife, where they remained until 1990, working with poverty organization World Vision. Upon his return, McGuire began touring and issuing albums once more. Barry McGuire currently works with John York in a show called “Trippin’ the Sixties” that showcases many unforgettable songs of the monumental decade. It’s an energetic, fun-filled show that has excited audiences around the country.

Autographed CDs will be available for purchase. Special thanks to Brother S.E. Feinberg, Sierra Records/John Delgatto, Brogden Bay/Steve Brogden, The Folk Alliance, P.F. Sloan (1945-2014), and 210eastsound!

Free parking is available after 6 p.m. and on weekends at the Mission-Meridian Parking Garage located at 805 Meridian Avenue, adjacent to the Metro Gold Line Station. The South Pasadena Gold Line Station is a mere two blocks from the South Pasadena Library Community Room.

Tickets for $20 each are available at

Festival style eating – No Reserved Seats—First Come, First Seated. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

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