Joseph Byrd
  • Larry Schulte
  • Joseph Byrd

Indie rock fans with a sense of historical curiosity, particularly ones who enjoyed the music of Britain’s terrific Broadcast, probably know about the short-lived American group United States of America. The band released a single eponymous album for Columbia Records in 1968, at the height of the Flower Power era, which unceremoniously sank with little trace. Although one could detect a bit of Jefferson Airplane singers Signe Anderson and Grace Slick in the beautiful, vibrato-free voice of Dorothy Moskowitz, there was little about the group that related to much else going in rock music at the time. A lack of support from the label and internal tensions about how the record was mixed and mastered soon led to the band’s dissolution.