Loretta Lynn: Coal Miner's Daughter

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Born into deep poverty, married at thirteen, mother of six, and a grandmother by the time she was twenty-nine, Loretta Lynn went on to become one of the most prolific and influential songwriters and singers in modern country music. Here we see the determination and talent that led to her trailblazing career and made her the first woman to be named Entertainer of the Year by the country Music Association and the first woman to receive a gold record in country music.

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Overview

Born into deep poverty, married at thirteen, mother of six, and a grandmother by the time she was twenty-nine, Loretta Lynn went on to become one of the most prolific and influential songwriters and singers in modern country music. Here we see the determination and talent that led to her trailblazing career and made her the first woman to be named Entertainer of the Year by the country Music Association and the first woman to receive a gold record in country music.

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Editorial Reviews

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"The Queen of country music." —The New York Times
Billboard
Few subjects are too difficult to deal with here, yet there is nothing sensationalistic…Those reading this can be assured they have met the real Loretta Lynn.
New York Times Book Review
Engaging reading even for many to whom country music is an alien world.
Library Journal
Lynn's nationally best-selling 1976 memoir, reissued by Vintage in trade paperback with an added foreword by the country songstress, is here newly recorded for audio by actress Sissy Spacek, who played Lynn in the 1980 Academy Award-winning film of the same name. Released on the heels of the 50th anniversary of her recording career, the book may introduce Lynn, a pioneer among female country music singers, to younger listeners who may only know her work through her recent recording with Jack White and/or tribute albums. Lynn tells her story in a straightforward manner, with great humor, no regrets, and a deeply embedded sense of dignity. As read by Spacek, the autobiography is a collaboration among singer, actress, and material. The result is a gentle, charming, and thoroughly engaging story of an American original, highly recommended for anyone interested in American music.—Pam Kingsbury, Univ. of North Alabama, Florence
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307741233
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/21/2010
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 168,708
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

In addition to being named Entertainer of the Year by the CMA, Loretta Lynn has had sixteen #1 singles, fifteen #1 albums, and countless other hit records. The fiftieth anniversary of her recording career in 2010 will be celebrated throughout the music industry. She lives in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee.
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Butcher Holler

Well, I was borned a coal miner's daughter,
In a cabin on a hill in Butcher Holler,
We were poor but we had love. . . .
—"Coal Miner's Daughter,"
        by Loretta Lynn

Most people know that much about me, because those are the first words of my biggest song. I open my show with it because I know people are gonna request it until I sing it. I wrote it myself, nine verses, and it broke my heart when I had to cut three verses out because it was too long. I could have written a thousand more verses, I've got so many memories of Butcher Holler.

To me, that place is the most important part of my life. My fans and writers are always making a big deal about me acting natural, right from the country. That's because I come from Butcher Holler, Kentucky, and I ain't never forgot it.

I'm always making Butcher Holler sound like the most backward part of the United States—and I think maybe it is. I've travelled all over this country, down South and out West, and I ain't never seen anything like it. And I ain't making fun of it, because I'm the most backward person you ever saw. I never knew where babies came from until it happened to me.

This might give you an idea of how backward we are, but first, to appreciate this story, you've go to know that in eastern Kentucky we saw the word "press" instead of "closet." Anyway, one of my best friends is Dr. John Turner, who took care of me when I was younger.

Doc swears he saw this patient standing in front of the hospital elevator, looking confused. Doc asked him what was the matter, and the patient said, "Doc, I just seen a nurse get into that press—and when the door opened she was gone!" See, that patient live in a holler all his life and never saw an elevator before. Myself, I never rode in an automobile until I was twelve.

Holler people are just different from anybody else. They live high up in the hills, one day at a time. There's probably a few who don't know who the president is, and there have been times when they were better off that way. Maybe things are changing now, with television and better roads and stuff, but I've got relatives living up in Butcher Holler who have never been further than Paintsville, ten miles away, in their lives. They're really beautiful people in their own way. Everybody else is worrying about the energy crisis, and talking about getting back to the simple things. My people are already there. If we run out of energy, my relatives know how to patch their houses and grow gardens, so they're gonna have the last laugh on everybody.

Let me explain where Butcher Holler is. You take any place in the United States today, and they've got an interstate highway, right? Well, you get on one of them interstates and drive to Huntington, West Virginia, which is already pretty hilly country—but you ain't seen nothing yet. You get off Interstate 64 and head south along Highway 23 into Kentucky. That's a good three-lane highway going past some nice farms and factories and mobile homes. You drive for about an hour and a half until you get to Paintsville, which has around 4,000 people.

Paintsville may not look too big to outsiders, but in Johnson County it's the biggest thing going. That's the first place I ever saw a toilet with running water, just before I got married. I went into the bus station to go to the bathroom, but when I sat down on the seat, the toilet flushed automatically. I got so scared I was gonna get flushed down, I ran out of there and waited until we found a good old outhouse.

When I was a little girl, my big city was Van Lear, which was five miles away, a coal camp for the Consolidated Coal Company, with rows of wooden houses they rented to the miners. There must have been 10,000 people living around Van Lear in the good times. The company had a post office and company stores where you paid for you things in scrip. If you went into debt, you owed your soul to the company store, just like the song says. The company also had a recreation hall where they showed movies. People make coal camps sound like slavery, but in a lot of ways it was the best thing ever happened to people—as long as coal kept running.

Before I was born, Van Lear was a boom town. The company kept their houses painted. The foremen had nice homes up on Silk Stocking row, and the bosses had real beautiful homes. Off to one side was a row of houses called Nigger Holler where the black miners lived. They worked in the mines with the whites, but they had to live off by themselves. I'm sure there was prejudice in the coal camps, but my family grew up so high in the hollers, we never knew about it.

My Daddy was color-blind in two ways. About the only color he could see real good was yellow, and I have troubled telling red from orange myself. But we were also color-blind about people. It's like in 1972, when I was up for the award for Best Female Singer on national television, and Charley Pride was going to present the award. People warned me not to kiss Charley in case I won, because it would hurt my popularity with country fans. I heard that one girl singer got canceled Down South after giving a little peck to a black friend on television. Well, Charley Pride is one of my favorite people in country music, and I got so mad that when I won I made sure I gave him a big old hug and a kiss right on camera. You know what? Nobody canceled on me. If they had, fine, I'd have gone home to my babies and canned some string beans and the heck with them all.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Vintage Edition iii

About Me and This Book ix

1 Butcher Holler 1

2 Daddy 9

3 Mommy 15

4 Family Style 21

5 School Days 27

6 The Pie Social 35

7 Doolittle 41

8 Hey, You Ain't Supposed to Wear Clothes Under Your Nightgown 47

9 Doo Kicks Me Out 53

10 Two Thousand Miles From Home 57

11 A Death in the Family 65

12 Beginner's Luck 73

13 An Honest-to-Goodness Record 79

14 Fans 83

15 The Education of a Country Singer 89

16 Music City, U.S.A. 95

17 Patsy 99

18 My Kids 105

19 Performer 111

20 Songwriter 117

21 We Bought the Whole Town 121

22 Me and Doo 131

23 The Hyden Widows 137

24 The Truth about My Health 145

25 Mexico 151

26 Entertainer of the Year 155

27 Death Threats 165

28 Baptized at Last 169

29 Confessions of a Bug 175

30 On the Road 179

31 What's Next? 193

Index 195

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  • Posted February 27, 2011

    Disappointed

    So far What I have read is all about defending Doo. It don't matter he was controlling, and he hit her, I don't care how much money she made then again she knew nothing else but him....I do like her and her music, But I don't like him I know he passed away has been 15 years.She has come a long way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2001

    Remarkable - a must read for anyone!

    This book tells a great story of the way things use to be. The innocence of a child into growing pains and finally into a remarkable individual. This book is outstanding and the movie which is derived from this book is also a great movie. I highly recommend this book to anyone, even if you are not a country music fan; you can get lost in the story and forget about the hard times in your own life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2014

    PERSONAL DENS START HERE

    This one is taken.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    Love this book

    I think she is a beauitful person she had a hard life Love Her Music She A Wonderful Lady God Blessed You

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2012

    Mistystar

    Great, but it's a bit rushed. Write more |D

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    Posted August 19, 2012

    Auther of mudshadows path ( call me Blackfrost c: )

    Brilliant~ me likey! :D the dream coalpaw had really makes you think if a war is coming... :P but do try to make them longer if yah can :) | Read my story at mud all results! Thanks! |

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2012

    The auther

    Its great. It seemed a little rushed. Make it longer to about seven pages. Stop using "r" for are and"u" for you. Please just put in the regular word for it because its cufusing. I cant wait to see what happens at the gathering!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2012

    Coalreapers Fate (chapter 3)

    Coalpaw ran to the lake with his leader and a patrol " Right here " said Coalpaw . " Coalpaw thank u for telling us this we will confront Windclan at the Gathering tomorrow for now get some rest " Olwstar mewed . As Coalpaw walked back to camp he saw a familiar tail " Rabbitpaw were u listening to us ? " . " No i was catching a vole for Mossclaw " Rabbitpaw said nervously . " Okay " mewed Coalpaw suspicuosly . " Well we had better get back to camp come on " he said . When they got back to camp Coalpaw was tired and he went to the apprentices den to go to sleep . In his dream he saw the silhuoette of a rather small familiar cat creeping up on a big strong cat , then he saw the smaller cat slash his claws and kill the bigger cat . At that moment Coalpaw awoke with a jolt , " Coalpaw get up its time to train " said a deep voice " Skyleaper oh thank Starclan ur here i had the strangest dream a small cat that looked like an apprentice killed a bigger cat that was probably a warrior . " . " Hmm well if anything go to the med-cat Spottedowl ." " Okay l will " Coalpaw mewed . Coalpaw walked to the Med den "Spottedowl are u in here ? " " Yes , Coalpaw is that u ? " . " Yes " . " Is everything okay ?" . " Yes , he mewed again , I had an odd dream . " Coalpaw then told Spottedowl all about the dream after he finished Spottedowl said " Well Coalpaw it sounds like this is a sign from Starclan try to find out more about this dream , now l think u have some training to do ? " " Yes ill go find Skyleaper . " after that he walked out of the med den . " Skyleaper r we going hunting today ? " " Yes we r but first Owlstar wanted me to tell u that ur going to the Gathering tonight " " Really ? " Coalpaw mewed excitedley . " No l was only saying it to get ur hopes up , yes ur going mouse-brain . " ~ end of chapter 3

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  • Posted January 12, 2012

    A Must Read

    Well Written and informative like having Loretta Lynn Sitting Their With You Telling Her Life Story

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