Review: Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics


Dolly Parton


Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics is a landmark celebration of the remarkable life and career of a country music and pop culture legend.

As told by Dolly Parton in her own inimitable words, explore the songs that have defined her journey. Illustrated throughout with previously unpublished images from Dolly Parton’s personal and business archives.

Mining over 60 years of songwriting, Dolly Parton highlights 175 of her songs and brings readers behind the lyrics.

•   Packed with never-before-seen photographs and classic memorabilia
•   Explores personal stories, candid insights, and myriad memories behind the songs

Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics reveals the stories and memories that have made Dolly a beloved icon across generations, genders, and social and international boundaries.

Containing rare photos and memorabilia from Parton’s archives, this book is a show-stopping must-have for every Dolly Parton fan.

•   Learn the history behind classic Parton songs like “Jolene,” “9 to 5,” “I Will Always Love You,” and more.
•   The perfect gift for Dolly Parton fans (everyone loves Dolly!) as well as lovers of music history and country

Add it to the shelf with books like Coat of Many Colors by Dolly Parton, The Beatles Anthology by The Beatles, and Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen.

Something I learned about this book after I finished it is:
♦ The audio is different than the physical book.
♦ The book contains pictures.
♦ The audiobook is told by Dolly. You get to hear her laugh and sing some of her songs.
So, there’s a tradeoff – either you get to listen to Dolly or you get to see pictures that go along with the story. Maybe the solution is to do both – read it to see the pictures and listen to it to hear her voice. I might check my local library to see if they have a physical copy of the book so I can see all the photos.

I like to listen to podcasts and in a way, the audiobook reminded me of a podcast format. There is an interviewer who asks Dolly a question and then it segues into Dolly giving us the story behind why the song was written. And at times the interviewer would fill in pieces of the story.

I thought it was interesting when she was asked if she could only pick one thing to be: singer, actress, or songwriter which one she would pick and she said songwriter. Because that’s how she can fully express herself. Without the songwriter, there would be nothing to sing or act.

Dolly is so positive throughout her sharing about her songs and what they meant to her and her family. I love how she said even though she and her husband didn’t have children her songs were her children and they were going to support her when she’s old.

If you want to hear Dolly share about her family, career, and God then pick this up and give it a listen. It’s very entertaining.

Audiobook source: Libray/Overdrive
Narrator: Dolly Parton
Length: 5H 18M

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