The Words and Music of Dolly Parton: Getting to Know Country's

The Words and Music of Dolly Parton: Getting to Know Country's "Iron Butterfly"

by Nancy Cardwell
     
 

This insightful biography provides a closer look at one of the entertainment world's biggest stars, with a focus on what got her to the top—and what has kept her there.

• Rare photographs of Parton's early career from legendary photographer Les Leverett, retired staff photographer for the Grand Ole Opry

• Interviews with many of Parton's

Overview

This insightful biography provides a closer look at one of the entertainment world's biggest stars, with a focus on what got her to the top—and what has kept her there.

• Rare photographs of Parton's early career from legendary photographer Les Leverett, retired staff photographer for the Grand Ole Opry

• Interviews with many of Parton's collaborators over the years, including producers, engineers, and other artists

• A discography of Dolly Parton's albums and hit songs and a list of her awards

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313378034
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/22/2011
Series:
Praeger Singer-Songwriter Collection Series
Pages:
178
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.80(d)

What People are saying about this

Dixie and Tom T. Hall (Country Music Hall of Fame) & Dixie Hall
"We are avid fans of the writing of Nancy Cardwell. The focus of her book is on Dolly Parton's music and her songwriting. If you're interested in the songwriting, poet heart of Dolly, behind the glittering show-biz image, then this is the book to read. For those of you who still like to stand in record stores and flip through LPs endlessly, if you plan to spend some time in the ‘P' section of the country music bins checking out Dolly's music, this book will be a good guide. Dolly is in the same league as Bill Monroe, Carter & Ralph Stanley, Elvis, and Vincent Van Gogh. We as a species on the planet only get one of each. To whom can we compare them?"
Edward Morris
"Reading this book is like discovering Dolly Parton all over again. Besides compiling and annotating Parton's vast catalog of recorded songs—a scholarly tour de force in itself—Cardwell has gleaned stories and insights directly from many of the people who helped shape the legendary performer's career. It's an achievement both useful and delightful."
Hazel Smith
"Nancy Cardwell has written an informing and heartwarming book about the greatest female singing songwriter ever, the inimitable Dolly Parton. Part history but mostly 'her story,' each page is a learning tool exploring and explaining how and why Dolly did what she did to reach a plateau of prosperity as a female in the male-dominated world of show biz. Born dirt poor but always rich in spirit, Cardwell touches on how success has not changed the heart of the girl from east Tennessee. Dolly continues to tour and tend to her businesses, doing and dreaming, writing and singing, never forgetting from whence she came … and always living by faith. A most worthwhile volume for fans and for students of country music."

Meet the Author

Nancy Cardwell edits publications and manages professional development, leadership, and youth programs for the International Bluegrass Music Association in Nashville, TN.

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