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. Read more...
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.
- ISBN-13: 9780307594891
- ISBN-10: 0307594890
- Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
- Publish Date: April 2012
- Page Count: 223
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2012-04-09
- Reviewer: Staff
Country music legend Lynn (Loretta Lynn: Coal Miner's Daughter) offers fans a window into her life with this compilation of lyrics, interspersed with colorful anecdotes and myriad photos. Though it's fascinating to hear the stories behind tunes like "Fist City" and "Coal Miner's Daughter" (complete with facsimiles of handwritten lyrics), the real gold is in the numerous unreleased songs of the book's latter half—one can only hope that numbers like "That Pleading Look" and the spunky "Still Woman Enough" will get their day in the studio with Lynn behind the microphone. Throughout, the songstress's self-effacing comments and stories ring true in her unique voice. Of her lyrics, Lynn maintains that she "only write about what lived," and so these verses and choruses make up more than merely a collection for sing-alongs; indeed, the songs tell Lynn's life story. Despite a host of accolades and decades on the stage, she remains a humble songwriter with a big heart and a gift for observant storytelling. This selection of some of country music's best-loved songs is a fine tribute to an American icon. 75,000 announced first printing. Photos. (Apr.)