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Goodbye, Little Rock and Roller

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Goodbye, Little Rock and Roller is an inventive and original book from Nashville singer/songwriter Chapman, who uses twelve of her most resonant songs as entry points to many of her life's adventures. Not a memoir, but a map of the places Chapman's been and what went through her mind as she was traveling there, this book is funny and tender, warm and exuberant.

From Publishers Weekly

Aug 25, 2003 – Legendary country and rock singer/songwriter Chapman has seen many of her more than 250 songs ("Betty's Bein' Bad," "The Perfect Partner") made famous by other artists like Jimmy Buffett, while her own recording career never went beyond cult status. This wild and woolly memoir deserves to gain her a much wider audience than just her loyal fans. Structured as a series of essays about 12 of her songs "that have the best stories around them," this is a hilarious and entertaining look at life by a fascinating 40-something artist who is not afraid to admit that she wrote one of her favorite songs ("Rode Hard and Put Up Wet") after waking up "around noon facedown in my front yard which was a vegetable garden wearing nothing but my underpants." The rebellious child of an upper-middle-class family in South Carolina, Chapman moves from college life at Vanderbilt to Nashville in the early 1970s, "about when the ' 60s hit the South," just in time to be a part of the "outlaw" country music era along with Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson ("hell, back then, Willie didn't even bathe on a regular basis"), and she gives excellent insight into the rowdy ways of that much storied era. She also uses the creation of other songs to discuss everything from her "career of dating criminals" to her current sobriety with her true love, a man who wouldn't be fazed if Chapman chopped wood "with nothing on but a pair of men's boxer shorts."

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Nashville legend tells us about her first 40 years in Music City

"Raised a debutante in Spartanburg, South Carolina, singer-songwriter Marshall Chapman became a rocker at a time when women didn't pick up electric guitars. She is 'a living example,' one reviewer wrote, 'of the triumph of rock and roll over good breeding.' Goodbye, Little Rock and Roller uses twelve of Chapman's most resonant songs as launching pads for stories that take us where she's been and reveal what went through her mind while she was traveling there. From New Year's Eve in 1978 when Jerry Lee Lewis gave Chapman advice on how to live life to the time her black maid, Cora Jeter, took the seven-year-old to see Elvis, this book looks back on intimate rock-and-roll moments and memories of a South Carolina girlhood."

Goodbye, Little Rock and Roller
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  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Published: Apr 01, 2012
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  • Seller: Ingram DV LLC
  • Print Length: 278 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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