Best Country & Folk Composer Biographies Books

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1. Willie Nelson's Letters to America

Author: by Willie Nelson
English
272 pages
078524154X

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Following his bestselling memoir,?It’s a Long Story,? Willie Nelson now delivers his most intimate thoughts and stories in? Willie Nelson’s Letters to America. From his opening letter Dear America to his Dear Willie epilogue, Willie digs deep into his heart and soul-and his music catalog-to lift us up in difficult times, and to remind us of the endless promise and continuous obligations of all Americans-to themselves, to one another, and to their nation.

In a series of letters straight from the heart, Willie sends his thanks and his thoughts to:Americans past, present, and future, his closest family members, andhis parents, sister, and children, his other family members his guitar Trigger, his hero Gene Autry, the US founding fathers, his personal heroes, from our founding fathers to the leaders of future generations and to young songwriters as well as leaders of our future generations.

Willie’s letters are rounded out with the moving lyrics to some of his most famous and insightful songs, including Let Me Be a Man, Family Bible, Summer of Roses, Me and Paul, A Horse called Music, Healing Hands of Time, and Yesterday’s Wine.


2. Rememberings

Author: by Sinéad O'Connor
English
304 pages
0358423880

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From the acclaimed, controversial singer-songwriter Sinad O’Connor comes a revelatory memoir of her fraught childhood, musical triumphs, fearless activism, and of the enduring power of song. Blessed with a singular voice and a fiery temperament, Sinad O’Connor rose to massive fame in the late 1980s and 1990s with a string of gold records.

By the time she was twenty, she was world famousliving a rock star life out loud. From her trademark shaved head to her 1992 appearance on Saturday Night Live when she tore up Pope John Paul II’s photograph, Sinad has fascinated and outraged millions.

In Rememberings, O’Connor recounts her painful tale of growing up in Dublin in a dysfunctional, abusive household. Inspired by a brother’s Bob Dylan records, she escaped into music. She relates her early forays with local Irish bands; we see Sinad completing her first album while eight months pregnant, hanging with Rastas in the East Village, and soaring to unimaginable popularity with her cover of Prince’s Nothing Compares 2U.


3. Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics

Author: by Dolly Parton
English
380 pages
1797205099

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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 songsDolly 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!


4. Live in Love: Growing Together Through Life's Changes

Author: by Lauren Akins
Ballantine Books
English
336 pages

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER In this refreshing and inspiring memoir, Lauren Akins, the wife of country music star Thomas Rhett, shows what it’s really like to be the perfect couple fans imagine, and reveals what it actually takes to live in love, stay in love, and grow together.

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY PARADE When country music star Thomas Rhett won the ACM Award for Single of the Year with Die a Happy Man, his wife, Lauren Akins, was overjoyed. Her childhood best friend and now husband was being anointed the hottest new star in country musicfor a song he had written about her.

He was living his dream. Lauren was elated, but she was also wrestling with some big questions, not the least of which was, How can I live my own life of purpose? Lauren Akins never wanted to be in the spotlight, but as Thomas Rhett made his relationship with Lauren the subject of many of his hit songs, she was tossed into the role of one of America’s sweethearts.

Revered by fans for her down-to-earth ease and charm, her commitment to humanitarian work, and the pure love she exudes for her family, Lauren has never shared her side of their storyfull as it’s been with deep love, painful loss, tremendous joy, and a struggle to stay grounded in faith along the wayuntil now.


5. Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass

Author: by Lana Del Rey
Simon & Schuster
English
128 pages

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The New York Times bestselling debut book of poetry from Lana Del Rey, Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass. Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass is the title poem of the book and the first poem I wrote of many.

Some of which came to me in their entirety, which I dictated and then typed out, and some that I worked laboriously picking apart each word to make the perfect poem. They are eclectic and honest and not trying to be anything other than what they are and for that reason I’m proud of them, especially because the spirit in which they were written was very authentic.

Lana Del Rey Lana’s breathtaking first book solidifies her further as the essential writer of her times (The Atlantic). The collection features more than thirty poems, many exclusive to the book: Never to Heaven, The Land of 1,000 Fires, Past the Bushes Cypress Thriving, LA Who Am I to Love You?, Tessa DiPietro, Happy, Paradise Is Very Fragile, Bare Feet on Linoleum, and many more.

This beautiful hardcover edition showcases Lana’s typewritten manuscript pages alongside her original photography. The result is an extraordinary poetic landscape that reflects the unguarded spirit of its creator. Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass is also brought to life in an unprecedented spoken word audiobook which features Lana Del Rey reading fourteen select poems from the book accompanied by music from Grammy Awardwinning musician Jack Antonoff.


6. Saved by a Song: The Art and Healing Power of Songwriting

Author: by Mary Gauthier
English
256 pages
1250202116

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“Generous and big-hearted, Gauthier has stories to tell and worthwhile advice to share.” Wally Lamb, author of I Know This Much Is True”Gauthier has an uncanny ability to combine songwriting craft with a seeker’s vulnerability and a sage’s wisdom.

Amy Ray, Indigo GirlsFrom the Grammy nominated folk singer and songwriter, an inspiring exploration of creativity and the redemptive power of song Mary Gauthier was twelve years old when she was given her Aunt Jenny’s old guitar and taught herself to play with a Mel Bay basic guitar workbook.

Music offered her a window to a world where others felt the way she did. Songs became lifelines to her, and she longed to write her own, one day. Then, for a decade, while struggling with addiction, Gauthier put her dream away and her call to songwriting faded.

It wasn’t until she got sober and went to an open mic with a friend did she realize that she not only still wanted to write songs, she needed to. Today, Gauthier is a decorated musical artist, with numerous awards and recognition for her songwriting, including a Grammy nomination.


7. The Double Life of Bob Dylan: A Restless, Hungry Feeling, 1941-1966

Author: by Clinton Heylin
English
528 pages
0316535214

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So, you want to know more about Bob Dylan? Read Clinton Heylin’s new book. You’ll get all you need. Graham Nash, of Crosby, Stills, Nash & YoungThe definitive biography of one contemporary culture’s most iconic and mysterious figures In 2016 Bob Dylan sold his personal archive to the George Kaiser Foundation in Tulsa, Oklahoma, reportedly for $22 million.

As the boxes started to arrive, the Foundation asked Clinton Heylin author of the acclaimed Bob Dylan: Behind the Shades and perhaps the world’s authority on all things Dylan’ (Rolling Stone) to assess the material they had been given. What he found in Tulsa as well as what he gleaned from other papers he had recently been given access to by Sony and the Dylan office so changed his understanding of the artist, especially of his creative process, that he became convinced that a whole new biography was needed.

It turns out that much of what previous biographers – Dylan himself included – have said is wrong. With fresh and revealing information on every page A Restless, Hungry Feeling tells the story of Dylan’s meteoric rise to fame: his arrival in early 1961 in New York, where he is embraced by the folk scene; his elevation to spokesman of a generation whose protest songs provide the soundtrack for the burgeoning Civil Rights movement; his alleged betrayal when he goes electric’ at Newport in 1965; his subsequent controversial world tour with a rock ‘n’ roll band; and the recording of his three undisputed electric masterpieces: Bringing it All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde on Blonde.


8. Beeswing: Losing My Way and Finding My Voice 1967-1975

Author: by Richard Thompson
English
304 pages
1616208953

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Thompson is a master showman … [Beeswing is] everything you’d hope a Richard Thompson autobiography would be … It’s both major and minor, dirge and ditty, light on its feet but packing a punch. The Wall Street Journal An intimate look at the early years of one of the world’s most significant and influential guitarists and songwriters.

In this moving and immersive memoir, Richard Thompson, international and longtime beloved music legend, recreates the spirit of the 1960s, where he found, and then lost, and then found his way again. Known for his brilliant songwriting, his extraordinary guitar playing, and his haunting voice, Thompson is considered one of the top twenty guitarists of all time, in the songwriting pantheon alongside Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, and Randy Newman.

Now, in his long-awaited memoir, the British folk musician takes us back to the late 1960s, a period of great change and creativityboth for him and for the world at large. Thompson packed more than a lifetime of experiences into his late teens and twenties.


9. It's a Long Story: My Life

Author: by Willie Nelson
Back Bay Books
English
416 pages

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Willie Nelson shares his life story in this “heartfelt” bestselling memoir of true love, wild times, best friends, and barrooms (Washington Post).”Unvarnished.Funny. Leaving no stone unturned.” … So say the publishers about this book I’ve written. What I say is that this is the story of my life, told as clear as a Texas sky and in the same rhythm that I lived it.

It’s a story of restlessness and the purity of the moment and living right. Of my childhood in Abbott, Texas, to the Pacific Northwest, from Nashville to Hawaii and all the way back again. Of selling vacuum cleaners and encyclopedias while hosting radio shows and writing song after song, hoping to strike gold.

It’s a story of true love, wild times, best friends, and barrooms, with a musical sound track ripping right through it. My life gets lived on the road, at home, and on the road again, tried and true, and I’ve written it all down from my heart to yours.

Signed, Willie Nelson.

10. Cash: The Autobiography

Author: by Johnny Cash
HarperOne
English
320 pages

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He was the “Man in Black,” a country music legend, and the quintessential American troubadour. He was an icon of rugged individualism who had been to hell and back, telling the tale as never before. In his unforgettable autobiography, Johnny Cash tells the truth about the highs and lows, the struggles and hard-won triumphs, and the people who shaped him.

In his own words, Cash set the record straight – and dispelled a few myths – as he looked unsparingly at his remarkable life: from the joys of his boyhood in Dyess, Arkansas to superstardom in Nashville, Tennessee, the road of Cash’s life has been anything but smooth.

Cash writes of the thrill of playing with Elvis, the comfort of praying with Billy Graham; of his battles with addiction and of the devotion of his wife, June; of his gratitude for life, and of his thoughts on what the afterlife may bring.

Here, too, are the friends of a lifetime, including Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan, and Kris Kristofferson. As powerful and memorable as one of his classic songs, Cash is filled with the candor, wit, and wisdom of a man who truly “walked the line.”

15. Resistance: A Songwriter's Story of Hope, Change, and Courage

Author: by Tori Amos
Atria Books (May 5, 2020)
English
272 pages

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AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A timely and passionate call to action for engaging with our current political moment, from the Grammy-nominated and multiplatinum singer-songwriter and New York Times bestselling author Tori Amos. Since the release of her first, career-defining solo album Little Earthquakes, Tori Amos has been one of the music industry’s most enduring and ingenious artists.

From her unnerving depiction of sexual assault in Me and a Gun to her post-September 11 album, Scarlet’s Walk, to her latest album, Native Invader, her work has never shied away from intermingling the personal with the political. Amos began playing piano as a teenager for the politically powerful at hotel bars in Washington, DC, during the formative years of the post-Goldwater and then Koch-led Libertarian and Reaganite movements.

The story continues to her time as a hungry artist in Los Angeles to the subsequent three decades of her formidable music career. Amos explains how she managed to create meaningful, politically resonant work against patriarchal power structuresand how her proud declarations of feminism and her fight for the marginalized always proved to be her guiding light.

16. Why Bob Dylan Matters, Revised Edition

Author: by Richard F. Thomas
B07KGB9BL2
Dey Street Books
March 5, 2019

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The coolest class on campus The New York TimesWhen the Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded to Bob Dylan in 2016, a debate raged. Some celebrated, while many others questioned the choice. How could the world’s most prestigious book prize be awarded to a famously cantankerous singer-songwriter who wouldn’t even deign to attend the medal ceremony?

In Why Bob Dylan Matters, Harvard Professor Richard F. Thomas answers this question with magisterial erudition. A world expert on Classical poetry, Thomas was initially ridiculed by his colleagues for teaching a course on Bob Dylan alongside his traditional seminars on Homer, Virgil, and Ovid.

Dylan’s Nobel Prize brought him vindication, and he immediately found himself thrust into the spotlight as a leading academic voice in all matters Dylanological. Today, through his wildly popular Dylan seminaraffectionately dubbed “Dylan 101″Thomas is introducing a new generation of fans and scholars to the revered bard’s work.

This witty, personal volume is a distillation of Thomas’s famous course, and makes a compelling case for moving Dylan out of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and into the pantheon of Classical poets. Asking us to reflect on the question, “What makes a classic?”, Thomas offers an eloquent argument for Dylan’s modern relevance, while interpreting and decoding Dylan’s lyrics for readers.