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Diamond in the Rough: A Memoir Hardcover – June 5, 2012
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“Colvin’s fans will devour her behind-the-scenes stories; single mothers will relate to her struggle to do right by her child. And those who have suffered depression -- or loved someone who has -- will find much to inspire in this compelling redemption story.” (People)
“Charming . . . Colvin chronicles an impressive array of accompanists and backup, two husbands, and myriad awards such as her gold record with the 1997 hit “Sunny Came Home,” all while maintaining a low-key, sweet humility that is truly endearing.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Dspite the many personal disasters that have beset Colvin, DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH is no misery-fest. It’s with an impressive absence of self-pity and a dry, unassuming style that she teases humour out of the most unpalatable episodes . . . Absorbing.” (The Independent on Sunday)
“Engaging . . . .The many admirers of Colvin’s music will appreciate this honest memoir.” (Booklist)
About the Author
Shawn Colvin is a singer-songwriter and musician. She began performing in bands in the late 1970s, and after years of polishing her skills in Austin, Texas, and the New York folk scene, Colvin released her debut album Steady On in 1989, earning a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album. Her breakthrough success was the album A Few Small Repairs in 1996, featuring the song "Sunny Came Home," a top-ten hit that won Grammys for Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Colvin has released ten albums, won three Grammy Awards, and been nominated for seven others.
Top Customer Reviews
Shawn Colvin first came to my attention in 1990 while I was watching an MTV (or was it VH1?) special on Suzanne Vega and girl folkies. I purchased "Steady On," an absolutely remarkable debut record which won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album in 1991. I later caught Shawn in concert at a cozy little tavern in Toronto in the winter of 1992 performing songs from her very good follow-up album, Fat City. Shawn hit the big time when she won Grammys for Song of the Year and Record of the Year for "Sunny Came Home" from her 1996 A Few Small Repairs album. While she hasn't had a comparable commercial success since then (you won't find Shawn's style of music on the radio any longer) she continues on as a remarkable artist, delighting her fans with a new record about every five or six years.
Colvin followers will definitely enjoy this short but informative and sometimes brutally honest auto-biography.
I usually don't read autobiography, but I finished the book in two evenings and I'm sad it's over. It 's a very honest, unsparing, touching memoir. I found myself identifying with so much, the way you do with any of her songs. And then she's so funny; I laughed out loud. You get the sense that she's really putting herself out there. As an anonymous fan, I feel like we almost don't deserve to be let in quite so completely. Yet it certainly gave me something of value to read this.
I'm sending copies to friends.
And for the record, I thought Brand New You was brilliant.
An added bonus which wouldn't appear so readily in her records is her charming self-deprecation. My only quibble with the book is its brevity, but it is a most engaging read, to be devoured in a sitting.
To the extent that Shawn's work needs to be deciphered, "Diamond in the Rough" is the Rosetta Stone. It fills in blanks; it confirms suspicions; it debunks myths. It is the book I've been waiting to read since 1989 (at least as much as Pete Townsend's memoir was the book I've been waiting to read since I was 8 years old) and, generally, does not disappoint. To the true fan, it is a gracious reward for the wait. It is at turns gritty and lyrical, and paints a dynamic portrait of the artist as a neurotic vagabond with the strongest (if not most visible) of ties to kith and kin. It is a cautionary tale of success ensnared within a jungle of personal demons and crises of trust - both of self and others.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I clicked to buy the Kindle book and ended up with sheet music instead. Something's wrong here.Published 19 days ago by C. Narigon
I have loved Shawn Colvin's music for years but was a little late to the party so I didn't really know anything about her background and such. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Steven Goetz
I loved reading about Shawn's childhood, friendships, creative process etc.
Makes you want to listen to the music of hers that I knew previously and that that I was... Read more
Shawn Colvin is a true artist, a musician, a writer, and a star. But she never let the star part go to her head. Read morePublished 7 months ago by 1wayticket2WY
I read this book in just two sittings. It was a thoroughly enjoyable swift read, because it is written purely from the heart. Read morePublished 12 months ago by J. Lapin Zell
Shawn is more a conversationalist than a perfect writer, but her style works well for this type of memoir. Read morePublished 13 months ago by jacob erin-cilberto