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A Guitar and a Pen: Stories by Country Music's Greatest Songwriters Hardcover – May 14, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Center Street; 1ST edition (May 14, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599950642
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599950648
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.7 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,466,797 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Country songs have always told the best stories and no one--really, no one--has ever done it better than Nashville."—B. B. King

"A GUITAR AND A PEN is a wonderful vehicle to show that songwriters possess a creative dimension that extends way beyond their musical creations...fascinating and refreshing!"—Barton Herbison, Executive Director of the Nashville Songwriters Association Int'l

"A GUITAR AND A PEN is long overdue. But I feel like I do when I hear a great song: I sure wish it had been my idea!"—Bill Anderson, legendary songwriter, Country Music Hall of Fame member

About the Author

Robert Hicks, John Bohlinger, and Justin Stelter all live in the greater Nashville area in Tennessee.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Kramer on July 26, 2010
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Great book for the beach! Especially a beach in the South since that is the setting for most of the stories. The stories were fun to read and often pulled my heartstrings, as you would expect, and the bios of each author with their life stories and country hits were a great addition.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on June 21, 2008
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This is definitely a book for Country Western fans.

If you are familiar with this genre of music, then the stories will surely reach every corner of your heart. There is a time for laughter and a time for pain, a time of sadness and a time to yell "Yahoo!"

Each story has its own unique style and theme. Some are easy reads that you can follow with no trouble while others take a little getting into. It was hard, at times, to decipher if the tale was truth or fiction, but each story left you with something to ponder.

You will have the opportunity to see a different side of the songwriters you have enjoyed. With some, you look back into their past and relive important and maybe life-altering experiences, challenging encounters and family struggles. Others may be fiction, but they are written in such an expressive and clear way, they could have been real events.

You could set down and read just one story at a time or one after another. But your journey is sure to be filled with unique experiences and surprise endings.

Each entry is followed with the author's mini biographical sketch and a list of accomplishments. You will likely find tidbits of information that could amaze you.

I did enjoy the book even though I didn't recognize all the authors.

To put in simply, "They make music with their words instead of words into music!"

Armchair Interviews says: Wonderful short stories of special interest to fans of CW music.
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By Chris Topher on January 9, 2014
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I'm thankful I found this book. I've loved music all my life and especially the traditional country and folk music of the deep south, Now I feel I have learned more about the people who wrote that music, using their memories and experience to bring it to life. I will treasure their stories as well as their music.
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greetings from kelowna, b.c canada,
i thought the book was going to be about country music
but it is not. it is filled with random stories written
by country music songwriters. i was very disappointed.
robert cosar
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