Dolly on Dolly: Interviews and Encounters with Dolly Parton” by Randy L/ Schmidt— Dolly in Her Own Words

Schmidt, Randy L. “Dolly on Dolly: Interviews and Encounters with Dolly Parton”.\, (Musicians in Their Own Word), Chicago Review Press, 2017.

Dolly in Her Own Words

Amos Lassen

Dolly Parton’s life is a rags-to-riches story that began in the Smoky Mountains where she was very dirt poor and moves forward to her being hailed as an international music superstar. She is, without question the “Queen of Country Music” and has sold more than 100 million records worldwide and has been a part of just about every aspect of the entertainment industry: music, film, television, publishing and theater. Dolly Parton arrived in Nashville with just her guitar and a dream over fifty years ago and while we have heard her story many times, this is actually the first time we hear it in her own words.

 “Dolly on Dolly” brings together a collection of interviews from celebrated publications including “Rolling Stone”, “Cosmopolitan”, “Playboy”, and “Interview” magazines along with interviews We become very aware of her humor and her friendliness as we read about her philosophy. She is a natural storyteller but then she has had incredible stories in her life. The book contains 23 print interviews taken from source magazine & newspaper interviews, two audio interviews transcribed, one from tape and one from radio. It is easy to see why she is so loved by her fans.

The interviews come to us in chronological order, from 1967 – 2014 and interspersed throughout are quotes taken from other interviews she’s given. Each article is introduced by the author setting the time and place of the interview in context. There is very little repetition and each interview is filled with her personal revelations. Now having been on stage for almost 50 years, Dolly is still writing and performing. She knows how to navigate reporters’ questions with humor and wit and she stays in control of each interview often guiding it to where she wants it to go.


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