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John Prine's John Prine (33 1/3) (Paperback)

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Marking the 50th anniversary of the album's release, John Prine offers a chronicle of the singer-songwriter's roots in Middle America, a soulful framework filled with rich imagery and unique perspectives. John Prine's time in Chicago is often regarded as a footnote in his larger biography, which discounts its deep and lasting influence. Through a series of original interviews, exhaustive research and personal insight, author Erin Osmon, for the first time, paints an in-depth portrait of Prine's beginnings in the Chicago folk music scene, and the history and impact of his childhood in Western Kentucky and suburban Maywood, Illinois.

An adopted daughter of Chicago, with a similar family lineage in Western Kentucky, Osmon's perspective as a rural soul in the big city closely mirrors Prine's own provenance. She takes readers on a journey through the city's neighborhoods, characters and clubs of the 1960s and 70s, a formative and magical period in Prine's life, before he was a figurehead of the Nashville scene. It's a love letter to Prine's self-titled debut, and to John Prine's Chicago, which incubated the burgeoning songwriter in its outsider's embrace.

About the Author


Erin Osmon's career began in Chicago, where she was a co-founder of the first social media team at the Chicago Tribune, which prompted newsrooms worldwide to begin using Twitter and Facebook as part of their daily editorial practices. Today she is a freelance journalist, music historian and an adjunct professor of journalism at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School, USA. Her debut book, Jason Molina: Riding with the Ghost (2017), was named a Best Music Book of 2017 by Pitchfork.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781501379239
ISBN-10: 1501379232
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication Date: November 4th, 2021
Pages: 160
Language: English
Series: 33 1/3