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MUSIC BOOK OF THE FORTNIGHT

- MICHAEL LANIGAN

NOT DUMB, NOT BLONDE: DOLLY IN CONVERSATI­ON

Edited by Randy L. Schmidt Omnibus Press

Dolly Parton may be one of the least introverte­d musical enigmas going. Rarely stepping out of the tabloids, she has nonetheles­s kept her private life under wraps to a remarkable degree. Of course, the reason is that she is such a charmer, gifted at sidesteppi­ng uncomforta­ble topics by way of her witty ‘Dollyisms’, while describing her country music empire in the most humble of terms. As a result, Not Dumb, Not Blonde is a magnificen­t stocking-filler – full of intrigue, whether you are a devout Partonite, or fascinated by major media personalit­ies.

Edited by Karen Carpenter biographer Randy L. Schmidt, it compiles some of Dolly’s most insightful conversati­ons, from her first major feature in Music City News in 1967, by way of Playboy and Rolling Stone, all the way up to MacLean’s in 2014. As fine a work of history as it is of spin, Not Dumb… shows just why Parton is one of country music’s most enduring figures.

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