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American Legends: The Life of Dolly Parton

American Legends: The Life of Dolly Parton [Kindle Edition]

Charles River Editors
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*Includes pictures
*Includes Parton's own quotes about her life and career
*Includes a bibliography for further reading
*Includes a table of contents

“If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.” – Dolly Parton

“I'm not offended by all the dumb blonde jokes because I know I'm not dumb... and I also know that I'm not blonde.” – Dolly Parton

A lot of ink has been spilled covering the lives of history’s most influential figures, but how much of the forest is lost for the trees? In Charles River Editors’ American Legends series, readers can get caught up to speed on the lives of America’s most important men and women in the time it takes to finish a commute, while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known.

Few celebrities are as much a product of their native land as Dolly Parton. While many celebrities have desperately tried to get as far away as possible from their impoverished upbringings, Parton constructed her star persona around the image of Appalachian country music culture. In many ways, Parton was raised in a quintessential Appalachian family, and while she has been resolute in expressing her affection for this background, it is impossible to deny that her upbringing posed obstacles that were difficult to overcome and related to societal and industrial levels. However, as Curtis Ellison put it, “A good part of Parton’s public image has been one of rustic coziness rendered in picturesque regional [Appalachian] idioms.” Not only did she make her performing debut at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, but despite forays into pop music, her performing style remains anchored in the brand of country music that made the Grand Ole Opry one of the iconic performing venues in the United States. On a personal level, despite spending much of her time in Hollywood, Parton continues to maintain an amusement park in Tennessee—the aptly titled “Dollywood”—and her frequent appearances there attest to her enduring connection to the land of her upbringing.

As much as Dolly Parton is identified with rural Tennessee, her star image has progressed beyond the socially conservative climate of the Smoky Mountain region. At first glance, Parton appears to embody the regressive image of the objectified woman, and given her busty figure and numerous cosmetic surgeries, it’s clear she cares a great deal about her appearance. As she once joked, “The only way I'd be caught without makeup is if my radio fell in the bathtub while I was taking a bath and electrocuted me and I was in between makeup at home. I hope my husband would slap a little lipstick on me before he took me to the morgue.” However, there is also a way in which she has come to represent liberated femininity. Indeed, since making her entrance into the performing industry in the late 1960s, Parton has striven to attain a level of mastery over her career that was unusual for her time, and she has been successful in controlling the discourse that surrounds her, a feat achieved through highly deliberate responses to interviews and publicity requests. It is telling that one of Dolly’s most famous songs is “9 to 5”, an indication that she represents American working women.

American Legends: The Life of Dolly Parton chronicles how Parton’s family background and performing career established her persona, as well as her nuanced relationship with gender and social issues. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about Dolly Parton like never before, in no time at all.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1944 KB
  • Print Length: 52 pages
  • Publisher: Charles River Editors (16 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LVJ8X44
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #83,883 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit like a Wikipedia entry.......y, 20 Aug 2014
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but for free, it's not a bad little read. Whilst not particularly revealing or controversial (the author appears to rely heavily on others' work) it poses some interesting questions about Dolly's image and lyrics and the paradox between the sexual exploitation of the 'pretty, dumb blonde' look alongside a frequent independent feminist message. However these ideas are not explored in any real depth which is a shame. But hey, it was a free read and thus, without being a seminal piece, deserves 3 stars for value. Thanks!
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This is a booklet not a book, it is in very small print with some black & white photographs. Although I didn't read it and just flicked through it I could see that it was not what I wanted, so I returned it the next day. Be guided by the price, as you get what you pay for, it was more like a programme you would get at a concert for the same money. If you want a good biography about Dolly Parton look for a large book!!
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Rather fine fine as an intoduction for those who know little about Dolly but I personally did not learn anything new.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 20 Dec 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dolly Parton 24 July 2014
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This book is a nice overview of a talented musician and businessperson. Dolly Parton is an amazing success story who created an image and then made herself an Icon. I appreciated the way her story was told without dragging through the innuendo of her "relationships " that did or did not exist. It is an inspiration that she has accomplished her dreams from such humble origins.
5.0 out of 5 stars Dolly Parton 30 Nov 2014
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A very good short book that gives you just enough information to persuade you to read a biography on this legend who at 70 is still going strong.I look forward to reading her biography as this short book had just enough information to entice me to know more about this icon. Recommend that you read this little introduction book if you are interested in her unique woman
3.0 out of 5 stars The Life of Dolly Parton 16 Aug 2014
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The Life of Dolly Parton was educating and entertaining and for those reasons I would recommend reading this book. I the other hand I would have liked to read more about her personal life. Although she has been married to the same man for all those years they never seem to see each other. Her love life has pretty much been left out of this book
5.0 out of 5 stars An informative read. 15 Aug 2014
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An insightful look into a music icon. An entertaining, informative read whether one appreciates country music or not. A true rags to riches story.
2.0 out of 5 stars Not well written 5 Aug 2014
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A lot of facts, nothing about her and Kenny Rogers. Just not a well written book would not recommend it
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