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"Chapman is a great storyteller and has a knack for turning these sometimes rambling narratives into compelling portraits of musicians' lives as well as a tribute to Nashville."
--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."
--blurt-online.com

"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."
--BookWoman/BookMan

"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)."
--nashvillebyline.com/blog

"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."
--theboot.com

"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."
--bookpage.com

"What is impressive about Marshall Chapman is that she is a champion listener."
--thealternateroot.com

"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."
--StarNewsOnline.com

"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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Musician-turned-author/journalist Marshall Chapman (Goodbye, Little Rock and Roller) asks Nashville stars what brought them to Music City USA.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Vanderbilt Univ Press - Country Music Foundation Press (October 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826517358
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826517357
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,027,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Yes, it's very readable and interesting, probably worth for the story of a young and unknown Rodney Crowell meeting a another budding country singer, as the latter wandered down the street with his first record.

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.
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It's hard to put down, for sure. But when it's all said and done I was left feeling there is just way too much self promotion from the author and not enough actual interview print. I love the stories but this honestly feels like a vehicle to sell Marshall and her career.
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Though apparently rooted in external reality (Nashville) and other people (interviews with country luminaries), make no mistake: this is yet another Marshall Chapman paean to Marshall Chapman. Every interview seems to be re-directed so that MC becomes the focus. Marshall Chapman? Really? She interrupts great stories from truly important & engaging subjects like Rodney Crowell and Kris Kristofferson so that she can splice in & revisit her little 5 minutes of fame? Don't get it. She already wrote a previous book, largely unreadable, about herself. Best moment here: when Kristofferson apologizes in truly modest fashion for losing his train of thought because he's been "talking so much about [himself]." Would never happen with our intrepid author.
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Although I loved her first book, I found this one less interesting as Ms. Chapman stuck to the same questions with each person she interviewed. I thought that made it not as interesting as just letting them ramble on; however, I get what she was trying to create. Just didn't really love the result. Still worth a read if you enjoy her work.
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Format: Hardcover
After reading this book, skimming, I couldn't believe the great reviews here on Amazon. This is a set of interviews with Nashville music scene people about 'coming to Nashville'. It appears she did the oral interviews and then just typed up the transcript - very lazy production. She actually has comments like "tape runs out, had to flip it over". She has a set of questions that didn't work, such as "when did you first hear the word Nashville" and "what car were you driving"? I agree with another reviewer that Marshall Chapman spends too much time talking about herself, and since there was no editing apparently - all those comments are included. She also tells you little about the folks, as if everyone knows who Mary Gauthier is.
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.
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A look into Nashville ties from some of the greatest musicians in America. Marshall has a way of drawing out honesty and emotion from her interviewees that us rare!
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Nashville's adopted daughter, Marshal Chapman, singer, sonwriter, has written a fantastic , first person account,of the music scene, filled with tales and tidbits of the musicians life in Nashville via real interviews, conducted by Miz Marshall herself

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
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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....
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Loved the stories Marshall told about Nashville and the personalities there.
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