In John Prine, Eddie Huffman traces the long arc of Prine’s musical career, beginning with his early, seemingly effortless successes, which led paradoxically not to stardom but to a rich and varied career writing songs that other people have made famous. He recounts the stories, many of them humorous, behind Prine’s best-known songs and discusses all of Prine’s albums as he explores the brilliant records and the ill-advised side trips, the underappreciated gems and the hard-earned comebacks that led Prine to found his own successful record label, Oh Boy Records. This thorough, entertaining treatment gives John Prine his due as one of the most influential songwriters of his generation.
About the Author
Table of ContentsIntroduction
1. Special Delivery
2. Thursday's Child
3. Call of Duty
4. Open-Mike Night
5. In the King's Footsteps
6. Singers and Songwriters
Interlude: Talking New Bob Dylan
7. Scattered, Smothered, and Covered
8. Tangled Up in Blue
9. Seeking Asylum
10. Oh Boy
11. Tunnel of Love
12. Into the Great Wide Open
13. A Close Shave
14. Your Flag Decal Still Won't Get You into Heaven
15. Next to the Last True Romantic
What People are Saying About This
"A richly imagistic Midwestern everyguy whose languid good nature defied singer-songwriter smugness."
"A songwriter’s songwriter."
"Prine’s stuff is pure Proustian existentialism. Midwestern mindtrips to the nth degree. And he writes beautiful songs."