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Goodbye, Little Rock and Roller

3.82  ·  Rating Details  ·  92 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
Goodbye, Little Rock and Roller was a 2004 SEBA Book Award finalist, and a 2004 Book Critics Circle Award finalist.

Goodbye, Little Rock and Roller is an inventive and original book from Nashville singer/songwriter Chapman, who uses twelve of her most resonant songs as entry points to many of her life's adventures. Not a memoir, but a map of the places Chapman's been and w
Paperback, 272 pages
Published September 10th 2004 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published September 26th 2003)
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David Glenn Dixon
Washington City Paper
Arts & Entertainment : Book Review

Belle Bottom Blues
By Glenn Dixon • January 16, 2004

Initiated into the hopped-up and carefree ways of country-tinged rock ’n’ roll back in the “magical time” and place that was early-’70s Nashville, singer-songwriter Marshall Chapman was an also-ran who ran with a colorful crowd. She was friends with Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, Norro Wilson and Harlan Howard, Guy Clark and John Prine. She partied with Mason Williams and dropped acid
A memoir is quite different from an autobiography, with different objectives. An autobiography is meant to document a person's life up to a certain period, while a memoir should shed light into a person's personality. A really good memoir will evoke a range of emotions as it imparts knowledge about the writer. This memoir would have to rank among the best of the genre for this reader. Marshall Chapman is a bigger than life singer songwriter who had a very successful career for more than twenty y ...more
Nov 01, 2008 Ronnie rated it it was amazing
Marshall Chapman left her blueblood background of debutante balls and secure but boring future of being a high society housewife to be a singer/songwriter in Nashville. There she found a lifestyle of drugs and booze. To hide her blueblood background, she lived in a bad neighborhood and plowed up her front yard to grow vegetables to look country. She is very open about drugs, booze, sex, and her dark side of life and yet she approaches it with such humor that the reader will have tears from laugh ...more
Jan 08, 2014 Brenna rated it it was amazing
For me, I found this book at the perfect time. This straightforward memoir the honors the fun and insanity of the author's past while she acknowledges the importance of moving on to bigger and better things later in her life. The book also gave me some insights to the creative process as Ms. Marshall has been a singer/songwriter for many years, and held the feminist spirit throughout the novel without being overly preachy about. What more can I say? I loved this book, and now I must admit I'm a ...more
Jun 01, 2009 Jessie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Four stars might be a bit much--3.5 is more like it. Anyway, I like modern music history, and I like tales of interesting and wild living, particularly among women and particularly when they have a happy ending. I also like old tales of Nashville, since that's where I'm currently living. Marshall Chapman satisfied on all counts. Now, to figure out who the unnamed Texas songwriter is . . . I'm currently watching Heartworn Highways for a clue.
Nov 16, 2009 Grace rated it really liked it
I think what kept me going through this book was her wild stories! It's not that it's badly written -- it's not a masterpiece, but it has it's moments -- but without her crazy life to tell, her kind of overarching philosophizing about life would've gotten old very fast. Luckily that didn't happen because she's simply wild and fun to read about! It helped too that I had just met her and could hear her very slow south carolina drawl throughout...I am dying to hear the song betty's bein' bad!
Jan 07, 2008 Susan rated it it was amazing
Marshall Chapman was a member of my high school graduating class. It was a small school and a small class so I really did know her when. She went on to be a song writer/performer and I really like her music. This book is a kind of memoir of how she came to write the songs she's written. It probably won't hold much appeal if you've never heard of her or her music but if you have or are at all interesting in how songs get written, it's a really good story.
Chris Fletcher
May 05, 2012 Chris Fletcher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This second edition soft cover, printed in a larger format on white paper, with the glossy pink cover, is a big improvement on the first edition softcover from St Martins in 2004. The photographs jump off the pages, and the words are as enjoyable now as when they were first written.
Mary Kehoe
I received this book from a friend of Marshall's who is also a writer. Enjoyed the book alot and was fascinated with the creative song writing process. I will be visiting Nashville next month and am excited to see the city and hopefully seek out some of Marshall's haunts.
Aug 25, 2007 Chris rated it liked it
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Great idea for a book (tying the songs in with stories of her life). Some of the stories are better than others, but Marshall Chapman's lived a pretty amazing life. If you're reading this review, you probably like Marshall Chapman. You should read this.
Jul 31, 2011 Mike rated it liked it
Never heard her music, but she turned me on to David Olney so that is worth something. I liked her descriptions of how the songs came into being and her self-deprecating humor.
Jan 29, 2011 Nicole rated it really liked it
This book was fun to read, especially Marshall's description of putting on and recording a live concert inside a Tennessee state women's prison.
Feb 09, 2011 Lee rated it it was ok
I like Marshall Chapman and I like her music. But got real bored reading this book. Maybe its more meaningful to musicians.
Chris Hughes
Jun 29, 2009 Chris Hughes rated it really liked it
I really liked learning the stories behind her songs. And there are a couple of lines that absolutely love!
Aug 07, 2008 jenni4lee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hilarious. Great find at a yard sale - really enjoyed reading this.
Jessica Vaughn
Dec 05, 2012 Jessica Vaughn rated it did not like it
Never finished the book. Become too redundant and boring.
Robin Moore
Jun 28, 2013 Robin Moore rated it it was amazing
I love this book! Once I started it I could not stop!
Sep 15, 2012 Teri rated it really liked it

Great book, fun read.
Aug 28, 2008 Lee rated it really liked it
Marshall Chapman is a great storyteller.
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