Diamond in the Roughby Shawn Colvin
After learning to play guitar at the age of ten, Shawn Colvin was determined to make a life in music—a decision that would send a small-town girl out on the open road for good. In 1997, two decades after she started, she got her big break. Like the troubled would-be arsonist and survivor of her smash hit "Sunny Came Home," Colvin knows a thing or two about
After learning to play guitar at the age of ten, Shawn Colvin was determined to make a life in music—a decision that would send a small-town girl out on the open road for good. In 1997, two decades after she started, she got her big break. Like the troubled would-be arsonist and survivor of her smash hit "Sunny Came Home," Colvin knows a thing or two about heartache—and setting fires. Diamond in the Rough recounts this passionate musician's coming-of-age, from the prairies of South Dakota to the dark smoky bars in Austin, Texas, to the world stage at the Grammys.
Humorous and deeply honest, Colvin relates the experiences behind her best-loved songs in vivid color in this memoir. Diamond in the Rough captures her years of touring cross-country in bands and vans full of guys; falling in and out of love; meeting heroes like Joni Mitchell; searching for her musical identity; and making friendships that would last a lifetime. It is also an unflinching account of Colvin's struggles—weathering addiction and depression, learning to care for not only herself but also a child—and, always, channeling those experiences into song.
With the wit, lyricism, and empathy that have characterized Colvin's performances and inspired audiences worldwide, Diamond in the Rough looks back over a rich lifetime of highs and lows with stunning insight and candor. In its pages, we witness the inspiring story of a woman honing her artistry, finding her voice, and making herself whole.
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Meet the Author
Shawn Colvin is a singer-songwriter and musician. She began performing in bands in the late 1970s, and after years of polishing her skills in Austin, Texas, and the New York folk scene, Colvin released her debut album Steady On in 1989, earning a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album. Her breakthrough success was the album A Few Small Repairs in 1996, featuring the song "Sunny Came Home," a top-ten hit that won Grammys for Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Colvin has released ten albums, won three Grammy Awards, and been nominated for seven others.
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I loved this book; frank and honest about her loves, her addictions and depression. I especially liked how she gave the background and processes of many of her songs.I did not find, like others commented, that she went on and on about her past loves..no name dropping or scandal, just an honest telling of the story of a very talented and quirky singer/songwriter.
This book sent my daughter and I on a trip down memory lane. We lived in Carbondale at the same time as Shawn and she and my four children attended school with Shawn at Lincoln Jr. High and Carbondale Community High. We readily recognized the "meanest" teacher and the "man who roamed the halls wacking a paddle". He viciously used that paddle on our son leaving bruising on his behind and scars on his soul. I was attending SIU at that time, majoring in Psychology as was her father. Her experiences at both schools mirror the experiences of my children and I feel a great connectedness with her parents. So glad that she fulfilled her dream. Our son, Robin, also dreamed of becoming a great artist. This book gives me comfort as Robin died before fulfilling his dream. I highly recommend this book to anyone who grew up in the l960's 1970's and to parents of those children. inkyMM
I too have loved Shawn Colvin from the first time I heard 'Steady On'. I really loved this book. The insights into the genesis of all the lyrics and music that I've know by heart for years now was interesting reading. I loved the subtle humor that she uses to belie some of the experiences and situations she has gone through. Much of the book just feels right, like a conversation between Shawn and the reader. That said, I'm not sure I would recommend this book to anyone who is not already a Shawn lover. So many of her lyrics and songs were swirling through my head as I read. I'm not sure that someone without many years of listening to her music would get as much out of reading it.
I have loved Shawn Colvin every since her first album. This is a very well written book and hard to put down once you start. Shawn has a way of writing that really makes you understand what she has been through without looking for sympathy, but giving insight and helping others understand what depression can do and how you can learn to control it.