Thursday 11 February 2021

Review: Dolly Parton, Songteller

Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics is a landmark celebration of the remarkable life and career of a country music and pop culture legend.

As told by Dolly Parton in her own inimitable words, explore the songs that have defined her journey. Illustrated throughout with previously unpublished images from Dolly Parton's personal and business archives.

Mining over 60 years of songwriting, Dolly Parton highlights 150 of her songs and brings readers behind the lyrics.

- Packed with never-before-seen photographs and classic memorabilia
- Explores personal stories, candid insights, and myriad memories behind the songs

Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics reveals the stories and memories that have made Dolly a beloved icon across generations, genders, and social and international boundaries.

Containing rare photos and memorabilia from Parton's archives, this book is a show-stopping must-have for every Dolly Parton fan.

Review: I listened to this book on audio from my library. I think if I had bought the audiobook it would have come with some supplementary material including the photos mentioned in the blurb but I didn't experience those. However when you do this one on audio you get to hear Dolly recalling each memory and each story from her life in her own words since it is narrated by her and you get to hear her signing her songs, sometimes from a live concert recording. 

This book taught me so much about Dolly Parton, someone I thought I already knew a lot about. I had no idea how hands on she was with all of her projects and it was great to learn about what she has done for reading, her heartstring series in her Netflix partnership and just how involved she still is with Dollywood. 

I also got to know about her past, her relationships and her family and Dolly is open and candid about each of those things. I really didn't expect to discuss alcoholism in those she was close to, how relationships don't always work or be just so open about the lack of money in the household growing up. Because each of those stories is accompanied by a song and she explains the meaning behind each song I really feel like I got to know her on such a deep level.

This was one of those books that didn't have to be read in chronological order, you could jump to the song you're interested in and hear the story behind it and it was very soothing to hear her talking and then hear her singing the song she was talking about. I really enjoyed this one and even if you just have a passing interest in Dolly I think you will gain a lot from this book.

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