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Monday, April 16, 2012

Honky Tonk Girl: My Life in Lyrics by Loretta Lynn

by Loretta Lynn
Alfred A. Knopf (Random House)
ISBN: 978-0-307-59489-1
Buy from Indigo

Description: One of the most beloved country music stars of all time gives us the first collection of her lyrics and, in her own words, tells the stories that inspired her most popular songs, such as "Coal Miner's Daughter," "Don't Come Home A' Drinkin'," and, of course, "I'm a Honky Tonk Girl."

Loretta Lynn's rags-to-riches story--from her hardscrabble childhood in Butcher Holler, Kentucky, through her marriage to Oliver "Doolittle" Lynn when she was thirteen, to her dramatic rise to the top of the charts--has resonated with countless fans throughout her more than fifty-year career. Now, the anecdotes she shares here give us deeper insight into her life, her collaborations, her influences, and how she pushed the boundaries of country music by discussing issues important to working-class women, even when they were considered taboo. Readers will also get a rare look at the singer's handwritten lyrics and at personal photographs from her childhood, of her family, and of her performing life. Honky Tonk Girl: A Life in Lyrics is one more way for Lynn's fans--those who already love her and those who soon will--to know the heart and mind of this remarkable woman.

The Good Stuff
  • Always had a soft spot for Loretta Lynn (Though to be honest I am always shocked that she doesn't look like Sissy Spacek LOL!) , even-though I am not a fan of country music.  My parents took me and my cousin when we were like 10 to see Coal Miners Daughter and I have been interested in her ever since.
  • Charming and self effacing look into the inspiration behind her songs
  • Unique idea 
  • Pictures are a lovely bonus
  • Classy foreword by Elvis Costello
  • Quite funny at times, which I won't lie I was surprised by
  • Touching and painfully honest - some of the lyrics and the inspiration behind them will move you to tears
  • Lyrics to Dear Uncle Sam are touching and beautiful and enjoyed the story behind Fist City
The Not So Good Stuff
  • Would have liked a story about every song
  • Makes me want to go find a copy of Coal Miners Daughter and I won't lie was singing that damn song out loud every-time I picked up the book and kids looked at me all strange
  • Stories are often repetitive
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"I put my whole hear and soul and body into my writing. I write about how feel and what I am. I guess I never need to go to a psychiatrist -'cause I get everything out in my lyrics."

"Poor Dolittle couldn't get away with nothin'. If he did anything, I would write a song about it and world would know."

"But I am loyal ... and as long as they do a good job and do right by me, I stay."

Who Should/Shouldn't Read
  • Perfect for the Loretta Lynn fan obviously
  • Those who are fans of Country Music will find much to enjoy in it as well
3.5 Dewey's

I received this from Random House in exchange for an honest review

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