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“With a deep understanding and knowledge of John Prine—the man and his music—Holly Gleason has searched every nook and cranny to curate a thoughtful biography of one of our greatest singer-songwriters. Her insightful text sets the scene as we experience Prine, the unfiltered raconteur, via five decades of media coverage, from major magazines to niche publications, television scripts to a recipe book, talk show appearances, movie roles, and his PEN Award presentation. Prine on Prine is both revelatory and entertaining.” —Holly George-Warren, author of Janis: Her Life and Music and A Man Called Destruction: The Life and Music of Alex Chilton
"As close to an autobiography as we’re going to get from John Prine, Prine on Prine captures the inimitable, whimsical voice of one of our greatest songwriters, from the beginning of his career to his final days, evolving from the shy, self-effacing, uncertain youngster film critic Roger Ebert discovered to the wise, cunning veteran who left a body of work probably second only to Dylan. Nashville legend Holly Gleason knew the man and assembled this brilliant collection with a knowing eye and loving heart." —Joel Selvin, author of Fare Thee Well: The Final Chapter of the Grateful Dead's Long, Strange Trip and other books
“This carefully curated set of interviews shines a light on why this man and these songs are deeply, deeply embedded in our collective memory. It’s the magic of how a USPS mail carrier became the first songwriter to read at the Library of Congress at the behest of America’s poet laureate—and the way we’ve all spent decades marking life’s moments with John Prine records. In reading these pieces, it becomes clear: the interviews are the man—and the insight that Holly, who knew Prine well, brings to them shows John Prine truly was that man. His songs are powerful and spot-on, and seem to come from a very regular guy, albeit one with great compassion and wisdom. In reading Prine on Prine, he comes across that way, and more.” —Greg Harris, president and CEO, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
“Holly Gleason has always been one of our greatest music journalists, but this book solidifies the fact that she’s much more than that: she’s one of the great preservers of the stories that make up American music. Here the esteemed writer has meticulously gathered the best interviews, features, and reviews in which Prine offered insights into his process as one of the all-time best songwriters. She’s found the work of writers such as Studs Terkel, Roger Ebert, Ronni Lundy, Cameron Crowe, and many others who deftly show us the man behind the music. In doing so Gleason provides the fullest picture of Prine we’ve ever had before, and it’s one that enriches our understanding of him as an artist and as a person. Prine on Prine is a must-read for anyone who loves John Prine or anyone who loves great music.” —Silas House, author of Lark Ascending, Clay’s Quilt, The Coal Tattoo, and Southernmost