MUSIC BOOK OF THE FORTNIGHT
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.