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John Prine: In Spite of Himself (American Music) by [Huffman, Eddie]
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Length: 221 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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"This book provides behind-the-scenes history of the music industry and engaging anecdotes about musicians, writers and actors, some with whom Prine only rubbed shoulders, and others with whom he built life-long friendships." (No Depression)

"The unlikely success of the reluctant performer makes for fascinating reading." (Kirkus Reviews  2014-12-29)

"Weaving well-known biographical details (Prine was a mail carrier in Chicago when he got his start) into meticulous sketches of the making of each album—and reviews of those albums—Huffman offers an admiring portrait of an often restless though always canny songwriter... Huffman’s book will make us want to pick up Prine’s albums and listen to them once again or for the first time." (Publishers Weekly 2015-02-02)

"An excellent new biography by Eddie Huffman." (The Telegraph (UK) 2015-03-12)

"North Carolina music journalist Eddie Huffman wrote the first-ever biography of Prine that traces the musician from his family roots in Kentucky through struggles with alcohol and cancer in his adult life, to where he stands in the music scene today." (The State of Things - WUNC)

"...an entertaining and worthwhile read for anyone looking for an introduction to the music of the singing postman." (Rebeat 2015-03-10)

"I started, with high hopes, to read Huffman’s book. I wasn’t disappointed . . . This veteran music journalist knows how to write." (Winston-Salem Journal)

"…provid(es) insight into the singer's most significant musical works…Huffman does a good job of conveying his subject’s personality, motivations, and ambitions, and he fills the narrative with humor, mostly by quoting Prine himself." (Choice 2015-10-01)

" ...a revealing 2015 biography of the acclaimed mailman-turned-singer-songwriter..." (The Washington Post 2016-09-08)

"Prine’s stuff is pure Proustian existentialism. Midwestern mindtrips to the nth degree. And he writes beautiful songs." (Bob Dylan, Huffington Post)

"A richly imagistic Midwestern everyguy whose languid good nature defied singer-songwriter smugness." (Rolling Stone)

"A songwriter’s songwriter." (Pitchfork)

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"Prine’s stuff is pure Proustian existentialism. Midwestern mindtrips to the nth degree. And he writes beautiful songs." (Bob Dylan, Huffington Post)

"A richly imagistic Midwestern everyguy whose languid good nature defied singer-songwriter smugness." (Rolling Stone)

"A songwriter’s songwriter." (Pitchfork)

Product details

  • File Size: 1473 KB
  • Print Length: 221 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0292748221
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press (March 15, 2015)
  • Publication Date: March 15, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00SW3BBV4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,313 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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