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They Came to Nashville Hardcover – September 10, 2010
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--The Library Journal
"It's sometimes too easy to assume our musical heroes are somehow superhuman, but every one of these interviews, and the chapter on Willie Nelson, reveal just how human and normal they really are. Sure, talent is something special, but Chapman realizes that great insights can be generated after remembering details about the car driven for the first time to the city where music dreams were accomplished."
"Only Marshall Chapman has the talent and fabulous reputation in the music business to author this book. They Came to Nashville is the book to own about the music business. Kris Kristofferson, Emmylou Harris, Don Henry, Willie Newlson and Beth Nielsen Chapman are just a few of the stars who share with Chapan the ups and downs of why they came and stayed or not in Nashville."
"Hearing bold-letter names narrate their humble first days in town can be charming and disarming, and the book is in a lot of ways about chasing dreams, told by a lineup of people who actually caught them (it's less hokey than it sounds)."
"the chronicle that dreamers with guitars on their backs and music in their hearts will want to keep close as they reach for the bright lights of stardom."
"Reading these wide-ranging interviews is like sitting in on intimate conversations between old friends reminiscing about good times and bad in a city where the promise of a music career inspires musicians to persevere doggedly in pursuit of their dreams."
"What is impressive about Marshall Chapman is that she is a champion listener."
"The result is a fascinating if episodic, picture of the Nashville music scene, especially along the creasees whre country and rock once overlapped and, to an extent, still do."
"I didn't read this book as much as I inhaled it ... great insights into the ways of 15 great American creators."
--William McKeen, author of Outlaw Journalist: The Life and Times of Hunter S. Thompson
"Chapman brings us memorable Nashvillians and nails that 'coming to town' experience in funny, charming, honest ways."
--Barry Mazor, author of Meeting Jimmie Rodgers
"Who but Marshall could have brought back these living, breathing tales from the other side of Nashville?"
--Chet Flippo, Editorial Director, CMT/CMT.com
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Top Customer Reviews
However, this book is about Chapman, who apparently knew everybody who was anybody in the music business in Nashville. Those of us who are not fans wish she would get out of the way. She prints her interviews in the question and answer format, which makes it very clear where she has interrupted her interviewee in the middle of an interesting story with her own stuff.
Get it at the library, you'll be glad you didn't spend money on this.
Amazingly, it's put out by Vanderbilt press. I'd have thought they would have higher standards.
Written in a unique interview style, explaining reasons for pauses and interuptions, (and adding her own spellbinding excerpts along the way)the book is a real first person account through the lips of many who came to Nashville -how and why....
And who can make a booksigning and reading of excerpte from their book as truely an entertaining experiance as a live concert....? Marshall Chapmen
I first saw Miz Mahshall at the Bitter End in Greenwich Village NYC... sometime in 78? 1979? sorry.. cant remember..exactly.. when.. ? doesn't matter... she struck a chord in me and left a note that's still resounding after all these years...In between recording her own albums, cds, promoting her own causes ,searching all the while for her own dreams..and along the way... writing down her own memoirs...and finally obtaining critical acclaim for her first book, Goodbye Lil Rock and Roller.. in 2004
Flash forward... Columbus -Ohio, Oct 2010... here to promote her new book...They Came to Nashville....
I knew I had to see her once again, and hear her stories. Recounting her adventures, meetings, and mishaps...with an assortment of talent who have made their way through Nashville one way or another and have befriended Marshall along the way.....Some household names and some that not many attuned to the Nashville music scene or country music may never have heard of....Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If this book was supposed to be about Nashville, it is totally off-topic. Crenshaw is one of the most clueless interviewers I've ever read. Read morePublished on April 7, 2011 by E. Gordon
I purchased this book as a gift for my partner, after we met Marshall Chapman in person. The book reflects her engaging, quirky and full-of-life personality, It was easy to read in... Read morePublished on December 2, 2010 by Susan English