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Me & Patsy, kickin' up dust : my friendship with Patsy Cline
ISBN:
9781538701669
Edition:
1st ed.
Physical Description:
xiii, 222 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits (some color) ; 22 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
Summary:
Me & Patsy Kickin' Up Dust shares the 'important and inspiring' (Miranda Lambert) never-before-told complete story of the remarkable relationship between country music icons Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn. Loretta Lynn and the late Patsy Cline are legends--country icons and sisters of the heart. For the first time ever Loretta tells their story: a celebration of their music and their relationship up until Patsy's tragic and untimely death. Full of laughter and tears, this eye-opening, heartwarming memoir paints a picture of two stubborn, spirited country gals who'd be damned if they'd let men or convention tell them how to be. Set in the heady streets of the 1960s South, this nostalgia ride shows how Nashville blossomed into the city of music it is today. Tender and fierce, Me & Patsy Kickin' Up Dust is an up-close-and-personal portrait of a friendship that defined a generation and changed country music indelibly--and a meditation on love, loss and legacy. --
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Summary

Loretta Lynn and the late Patsy Cline are legends--country icons and sisters of the heart. For the first time ever Loretta tells their story: a celebration of their music and their relationship up until Patsy's tragic and untimely death.

Full of laughter and tears, this eye-opening, heartwarming memoir paints a picture of two stubborn, spirited country gals who'd be damned if they'd let men or convention tell them how to be. Set in the heady streets of the 1960s South, this nostalgia ride shows how Nashville blossomed into the city of music it is today. Tender and fierce, Me & Patsy Kickin' Up Dust is an up-close-and-personal portrait of a friendship that defined a generation and changed country music indelibly--and a meditation on love, loss and legacy.


Author Notes

Loretta Lynn is an American country music singer-songwriter whose groundbreaking career spans almost 60 years, with such famous hits as 'You Ain't Woman Enough (To Take My Man)' and 'Coal Miner's Daughter,' as well as a biographical film and book of the same name. With more than 45 million albums sold worldwide, multiple gold albums, and numerous awards and accolades, Loretta is the most awarded female country recording artist and the only female ACM Artist of the Decade. She's known not only for her still-incredible voice, but also for her down-to-earth quality, quick wit, and humor. Patsy Lynn Russell, Loretta's daughter, is a singer-songwriter and music producer in her own right who has made it her mission to keep her mom's story and legacy alive for future generations of empo


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Publisher's Weekly Review

A crackling good storyteller, Grammy Award--winning songwriter and singer Lynn reminisces on her friendship with country music legend Patsy Cline (1932--1963) in this humorous and loving memoir. Holding nothing back, Lynn (Loretta Lynn: Coal Miner's Daughter) shares stories of Cline's generosity--she sewed curtains for Lynn's first house--and her fierce way of speaking her mind. By the time the two met in 1961, Cline was already a star, while Lynn's career was just beginning. When Lynn signed with Decca Records that year, she felt like just one of many singers trying to make it in country music, and it never crossed her mind that she could become famous. After she learned that Cline was nearly killed in a car accident, Lynn performed at the Grand Ole Opry and sang a song Cline had just released titled "I Fall to Pieces." When Cline heard Lynn on the radio, she sent for Lynn, and they soon discovered how much they had in common: they were the same age, they both grew up poor, and both had to grow up too fast. Over the course of their friendship, Cline taught Lynn how to handle grabby men like bluegrass musician Bill Monroe, as well as how to take control of her own business affairs, how to drive, and, ultimately, how to stand up for herself. Recalling Cline's death in a 1963 plane crash, Lynn writes, "Reliving all the times Patsy and I had together for this book has been good, but it's also reopened that feeling of empty sadness." As in her songwriting, Lynn imbues her tribute with honesty and tenderness. (Apr.)


Kirkus Review

Country music legend Lynn shares personal moments about her friendship with Patsy Cline (1932-1963), another musical icon. Lynn has sold more than 45 million albums worldwide and has earned countless accolades. But as she reveals in this warm memoir, if she hadn't had the support and friendship of Cline, who died tragically in a plane crash in 1963, her rise to stardom might have been a lot harder to achieve. Lynn was a talented singer and songwriter when she first arrived in Nashville in 1959, but she was naïve in many ways: about show business; men, and husbands in particular; and elements about her own body, such as how to shave her legs or have an orgasm. But thanks to Cline's forthright advice and tutelage, Lynn was able to navigate it all. She learned how to dress and wear makeup for her performances, how a piece of lingerie could keep her philandering husband at home, and why another woman's sincere friendship was and is one of the most valuable assets a woman can have. "[Patsy] came into my life and changed everything," writes the author. "And I know I meant a lot to her, too. She'll always be a part of me. That's what real friendships do. We made each other better." Written in her hearty, straightforward, authentic voice--Lynn is a storyteller and country singer, not necessarily a prose stylist--the author shares an inspiring story of working in Nashville and on stages across the country that's interwoven with moments spent with Cline where each encouraged the other to keep moving forward toward yet another successful album and achievement. Lynn reveals her sincere, heartfelt emotions throughout the narrative, giving readers a true sense of the depths of their friendship as well as the haunting pain of Cline's death. A touching memoir filled with the emotional highs and lows of a deep bond. Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.


Booklist Review

Lynn's countless fans will be delighted to find that she writes the way she talks in this memoir about her all-too-brief friendship with Patsy Cline, who died at age 30 in a 1963 plane crash. When they first met in 1957, there was an instant connection when Cline took newcomer Lynn under her wing. They were as close as sisters, perhaps even closer. When Cline and her brother were involved in a serious car accident in 1961, Lynn comforted Cline as she expressed fears that her career was over ("She said her face was busted up so bad, there was no tellin' how long it'd take to recover"). With the help of her coauthor daughter, Lynn also writes about her turbulent relationship with her husband, Doolittle "Doo" Lynn, notorious for his roving eye. She leaves little doubt about her feelings as she recounts dumping a bowl of beans on Doo's head when he forgot their fifteenth anniversary and challenging the sexism of men running the country music business. As she writes, "I'm sweet until you give me reason not to be." Lynn's fans will absolutely adore this as much for her typical no-holds-barred style as for her country warmth and the loving description of a deeply missed friendship.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Fans will pounce on beloved country superstar Lynn's memoir about her bond with sister icon Patsy Cline.WOMEN IN FOCUS


Table of Contents

Forewordp. xi
Writing My Feelingsp. 1
Sitting Up with the Deadp. 6
That Girl's Gonna Be Somebodyp. 10
A Couple of Good Breaks out Westp. 17
Nashville Boysp. 21
Jumping Right Inp. 27
That's Show Businessp. 34
Officially a Country Music Songwriterp. 40
The Accidentp. 42
Here You Are!p. 45
Destined to Be a Starp. 50
They Work for Youp. 55
The Cline's Doin' Just Finep. 58
Hello, Little Galp. 60
The Henhouse Brigade and a Mini-Breakdownp. 64
Crazyp. 69
Leave It to the Professionalp. 72
It Was Just a Razorp. 76
Like a Sisterp. 81
Stickin' It to the Hatersp. 87
Carnegie Hallp. 89
Dirty Old Menp. 91
Homewreckersp. 97
Bad Detectivesp. 103
Man of the Housep. 107
Working Momsp. 110
Dream Homep. 116
Nice Thingsp. 118
Happy Thirtieth Birthdayp. 121
The Cadillac Bitchesp. 123
Member of the Grand Ole Opryp. 127
Driving Lessonsp. 131
Turning Up the Heatp. 136
Vegas Headlinerp. 145
Happy Anniversary to Mep. 149
Finally, a Day Offp. 158
The Last Recording Sessionp. 161
Last Day Togetherp. 164
The Day Patsy Diedp. 168
March Chillsp. 172
Twins in the Familyp. 178
Writing My Way Throughp. 180
Girls with Gutsp. 183
Breaking Up with the Wilburn Brothersp. 186
If You Want to Keep Your Teethp. 190
I Remember Patsyp. 193
Coal Miner's Daughter, the Moviep. 195
Losing Doop. 197
Ghostsp. 202
Epiloguep. 204
P.S.p. 208
Acknowledgmentsp. 211
Indexp. 213