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Dolly Parton, Songteller Reviews

Dolly Parton, Songteller by Dolly Parton, Robert K. Oermann

Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics

Dolly Parton, Robert K. Oermann

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2 reviews

Imprint: Hodder & Stoughton
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Publication date: 17 Nov 2020
ISBN: 9781529349795

Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics is a landmark celebration of the remarkable life and career of a country music and pop culture legend.

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4 stars out of 5
Caroline Sanderson
14 Aug 2020

"this "show-stopping" visual memoir-cum-annotated songbook charts her journey from impoverished Smoky Mountain Tennessee girl to international superstar, telling the stories behind songs like "Jolene" and "9 to 5""

I'm a massive Dolly fan, both for her music, and for her Imagination Library, through which she has donated over 130 million books to children worldwide. Mining her 60-plus years of songwriting, this "show-stopping" visual memoir-cum-annotated songbook charts her journey from impoverished Smoky Mountain Tennessee girl to international superstar, telling the stories behind songs like "Jolene" and "9 to 5". It also includes photos and memorabilia.

Reviews

3 stars out of 5
Fiona Sturges
27 Dec 2020

"(a) testament to the fact that Parton has never forgotten her roots or her community"

It’s all very on-brand but the book is also testament to the fact that Parton has never forgotten her roots or her community – the downtrodden and disenfranchised remain the inspiration for her song-writing, while her Dollywood theme park keeps much of eastern Tennessee employed. Near the end, there is a song about coronavirus that poignantly tells us “Darkness fades when faced with light / And everything’s gonna be alright.” Next to it, a perfectly coiffed Parton poses in a mask decorated with lots of tiny guitars.