But Enough About Me: How a Small-Town Girl Went from Shag Carpet to the Red Carpet
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But Enough About Me: How a Small-Town Girl Went from Shag Carpet to the Red Carpet

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New Jersey in the 1980s had everything Jancee Dunn wanted: trips down the shore, Bruce Springsteen, a tantalizing array of malls. To music lover Jancee, New York City was a foreign country. So it was with bleak expectations that she submitted her résumé to Rolling Stone magazine. And before she knew it, she was backstage and behind the scenes with the most famous people in...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published June 26th 2007 by It Books (first published 2006)
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Kate SouthernBelleSimple
I'm giving this book four stars because even though it is not really on the same level as the other books I give four stars to, I did really like it. I thought the chapters with the celebrity stories were good, but my favorite parts were her family stories. She writes with a real voice that most writers don't get today. For example, her mom is from a small town in Alabama and she writes the dialog so genuinely. After I finished this, I picked up another book (about your typical southern heroine...more
Gina Boyd
This is one of the best memoirs I've read since David Sedaris. Dunn is a wonderful writer and story teller with a generous, friendly personality, and I really wish I knew her.

I loved her stories about Dolly Parton and Stevie Nicks especially, but I have to say I enjoyed reading about her personal life more than reading about her celebrity experiences. She cracked me up to the point of exploding tears on my glasses--especially when she recounted her visit with a friend who'd just had a baby.

Dunn...more
Brigit Zelenak
Jancee Dunn- entertainment reporter for such notables as The Rolling Stone, GQ, Vogue, O: The Oprah Magazine, and The New York Times, writes with an ease that's admirable. From her humble `jersey girl' beginnings (you're from Jersey.. which exit?!?) to her string of aimless ne'er-do-well boyfriends, to her forays into the world of media & music legends, she's the unassuming girl-next-door who sat by you in 3rd period chemistry class.

But Enough About Me. From Eighties Geek To Rock `n' Roll Ch...more
Rachel C.
May 22, 2008 Rachel C. rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Rolling Stone; my fellow followers of celebrity news and gossip
Shelves: non-fic, subj-music
The memoirs of a Rolling Stone reporter and former MTV VJ. A light, enjoyable read.

Having no idea who Jancee Dunn was, I didn't really pay much attention in the chapters about her background. The celebrity anecdotes are fantastic, though. It reads a bit like People Magazine without the pictures. One of the best stories involves Dolly Parton's kitchen, which is apparently well-stocked with delightful items such as Velveeta, Spam and bacon grease. Dunn claims to have a chunk of Velveeta still sitt...more
Amanda Raab
Sep 05, 2007 Amanda Raab rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: pop culture geeks, chick lit lovers
Jancee Dunn was a writer for Rolling Stone back when I still read it and found it remotely relevant - in high school and college. Now, that kid from High School Musical 2 is on the cover. Anyhoo, I always liked her personable, sincere style on the page and thought she was pretty awesome during her stint as an MTV2 vj.* This book is a coming-of-age memoir of her Jersey adolescence and experiences as a celebrity interviewer. She's immediately endearing and funny, focusing on her quirky, tight-knit...more
HM
Again...another memoir but MUCH lighter than the "Long Way Gone" one! :)

This is the memoir of a girl who grew up in New Jersey, loving all that Jersey life offered during the 1980s: big hair, weekends down the shore, driving around listening to Springsteen. (Shazz are you interested yet??) :)

Anyway, she eventually lands a job with Rolling Stone magazine, as she has always had a voracious love of music of all types. She also has a borderline OCD personality which really resonated with me as I ten...more
Heather
After reading one of Jancee Dunn's recent books I realized I had an old copy of this on my shelf and had never read it. DEAR GOD, WHY? All I want to do is hang out with Jancee Dunn now. What's not to love about a slightly anxious homebody who somehow became a rock & roll journalist, despite her inner desires to go home and watch Civil War documentaries and make paper turkey decorations? Criminitely. Also, as a person who has the occasional (terrifying) privilege of interviewing musicians, I...more
RandomAnthony
I don't know. Dunn works a little too hard at times to be "just a normal lil' girl from Jersey." She overblows the self-depreciation. On the plus side, she seems to write like she talks, and I did find myself rooting for her, although she pushes the "stars like me because I'm real!" thing a bit much, too. I didn't get why she had to include the whole "drug boyfriend" section...the section seemed more narrative bridge/device than anything. The marketing department should be slapped for trying to...more
Judy
I very much enjoyed this book. Aside from all that I related to (growing up at the same time a few towns away from Dunn, working in the publishing biz and for consumer mags, the continual dating woes), I found it to be a wonderful memoir of a remarkable career. That she got to interview a few of my favorites (madonna, U2) and told it like it is (and how i truly thought it would be --madonna, especially) was just icing on the cake. I read it in a week and highly recommend.
Erin Tuzuner
A third or fourth reading of this gem. A quick, fun read that can make me laugh or cry depending on the time of the month.

The music anecdotes alone are gold, but the interviewing of the personal mixed with attempted cynicism and genuine kindness are excellent therapy for rough days at work or home.

First read in 2010, given away, checked out from three separate libraries, and put on an amazon wishlist.
Corielle
"The process of engaging your celebrity is not unlike being a photographer at the Sears portrait studio. You just need a different version of a squeaky toy so their eyes follow you and they smile occasionally."

Jancee Dunn grew up in suburban Jersey, with two little sisters, a former Southern beauty queen for a mother and a JC Penney exec for a father. She somehow stumbled into a job writing for Rolling Stone, and ended up traveling around the world as she interviewed celebrity after celebrity. T...more
Jenn
I loved the candid takes on how she felt while being around celebrities.
Getting information for her friends, especially what Madonna had in her bathroom, was priceless.
Awesome idea. Loved the glimpses from back in the day.
Claire
A very funny, entertaining read with stories from the author's life interwoven with celebrity tales.

If you want to interview famous people for a living, you should read this book. Dunn incorporates lots of hilarious yet practical tips for keeping a celeb's attention, when to ask the the tough questions, how and how not to break the ice, etc.

With 15 years of reporting for Rolling Stone under her belt, she's accumulated a lot of great stories.

Her family stories are just as engaging though as they...more
Kimmie
a must-read for the lovers of the rock 'n roll. plus, the author is hilariously self-deprecating and very likable.
Shirley
Parts of this made me laugh out loud - especially when she talks about spending weekends away with a bunch of friends..
Allison Herman
Apr 08, 2014 Allison Herman rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christine Schonhart
I loved this book. I have always admired Jancee Dunn's writing in Rolling Stone, and I was just as impressed with her memoir. I loved how in one chapter she would write about her upbringing, then the next would be filled with tips on interviewing celebrities and a small sampling of some of her interactions with the famous. The stories about Madonna and Katie Holmes were among my favorites. But beyond that, the story of how she got into writing was a great one. She seems well aware of her strengt...more
Joyce
This is a great quick read: funny, well written by a journalist who worked for Rolling Stone and was a Video DJ for MTV among other gigs. Dunn has some very titillating, insightful stories to tell about life on the journalist fast track as well as Madonna, Dolly Parton and other celebs.

Summary: New Jersey in the 1980s had everything Jancee Dunn wanted: trips to the shore, an array of malls, and especially, her family. But one night she met a girl who worked at Rolling Stone magazine. Jancee lov...more
Lizz
I love a woman who can't decide between taking Stevie Nicks up on her offer to spend the night and watch reruns of "The Golden Girls" or maintain professionalism. A woman who saved the hunk of Velveeta given to her by Dolly Parton and got homemade fudge sent to her by Loretta Lynn. Jancee Dunn just might have been my BFF is some chick named Julie (who sounds like my other BFF) had not gotten there first.

A memoir of a Rock Chick who just really wants to stay home and watch Lifetime movies while e...more
Rafi Bloch
This book is awesome for many reasons. Jancee Dunn grew up in the early eighties and had a normative nuclear New Jersey suburban family with two sisters and her parents. So how did such a 'normal' girl become a reporter for Rolling Stone? What I like about this book is that Dunn mixes anecdotes from her childhood and teenage years with tips/stories about interviewing celebrities. Dunn takes you on a roller coaster ride and reveals just how she landed her glamorous job. She was at a party and mee...more
Lenna
Jancee Dunn's story is one of a small time girl with big time dreams without as much of the cliche. She makes her way out of a small suburb in New Jersey into the rock n roll world of Rolling Stone magazine; right into the life of the absurdly famous.

This was a pretty light read and an interesting memoir. I appreciated the fact that I found parts that I felt like I could relate to. For example, having a goal but not knowing how to go about getting there. And for Jancee Dunn, she had one stellar...more
Cat
I laughed out loud many times--it's a really fun read. There are two books going on here, a coming of age memoir and a collection of anecdotes about her anthropological outings and interviews with very famous people. I skipped the opening blow-by-blow of her teen years, but once she hit her 20s and started working at Rolling Stone, in NYC in the late 80s, I was all-attention.

Her writing is engaging and intimate; sometimes she reveals a little too much. But her evening with Barry White (right aft...more
Robin (RBBR)
This was my Birthday present from my sister and as always she picked a good one.

The first thing that stuck in my mind was the Author talking about her Mom fixing Sugar Bread. I remember my Mom doing that for the same reason, we were hungry but it was close to supper so she'd give us a slice of bread with butter and sugar. I remember as a kid it was one of the best things when I got older not so much. I recall trying to give some to my kids but the idea of butter and sugar didn't appeal to them...more
Jennifer Johnson
Sometimes when I read books I really just want to hang out with the authors because they seem like such fun and cool people to hang out with. But Enough About Me's author, Jancee Dunn, is someone who could definately be fun to grab a drink with.

The autobiography is a look back from how Dunn went from a girl in New Jersey with little dream of leaving, to a big reporter and writer for Rolling Stone magazine as well as a VJ for MTV 2. Dunn reminisces about here life experience and what directed her...more
Brian Bixler
I LOVED this book. “But Enough About Me: How a Small-Town Girl Went from Shag Carpet to the Red Carpet” is by far the funniest memoir I have ever read and one of the most interesting for those of us who love juicy, behind-the-scenes tidbits about celebrities and all their foibles.

Jancee Dunn recounts the most memorable interviews she has conducted as a reporter for Rolling Stone, including sit-downs with some of the biggest names in the music business-- Madonna, Bono, Dolly Parton, Scott Weiland...more
Florinda
here are some books that make you feel like you're just hanging out with the writer - laughing, sharing stories, spending an enjoyable afternoon. For me, this was one of those books.

Jancee Dunn (class of '84) has spent quite a few of those afternoons herself, but they were with people like Dolly Parton, Madonna, and Christina Aguilera. She's not a name-dropper, though. Her memoir of her years writing for various magazines, among them Rolling Stone, GQ (as a sex columnist), Vogue, and O: The Opra...more
Brooke Everett
Oct 11, 2013 Brooke Everett rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Brooke by: Stephanie Whitaker
Easy and breezy. So much of the advice she dishes out for dealing with celebrities is absolutely valuable for dealing with others in everyday life as well. And what an era to be at Rolling Stone and in New York City!

The book flows really well - the chapters alternate between her personal journey and her stories about interviewing celebrities. The best ones: wrestling with Kim Deal on the lawn at Lollapalooza in Atlanta, receiving a hunk of Velveeta as a parting gift / plane snack from Dolly Part...more
Tamara Collins
“How could I cultivate a new, hip persona when I lived with my parents in a New Jersey suburb and wore black leggings as pants?”

Jancee Dunn’s memoir is a wonderful combination of interviewing tips, dirt-digging secrets and her own personal life snippets into a mixture that equals But Enough about Me. This just for the record has to be the first and only grammatically correct and easy to read rock-n-roll chic memoir that I have ever read. I was hooked from page one, chapter one titled, “How to j...more
Megan
I love her self-deprecating voice and was immediately drawn into her family and career. Her writing is smooth and likable. And I absolutely loved the celebrity anecdotes, especially regarding her feelings about interviewing them (the moments leading up to the Madonna interview were great - the sweaty palms and wishing to trade places with anyone she passed on the street - who can't relate to that?). But the memoir lost pace for me after her TV gigs petered out, and it became more about her boyfr...more
Jen
i used to come home and watch Jancee Dunn every afternoon.

for about about an hour, conveniently right after school, MTV would showcase a block of videos from MTV 2. basically the hipper, more obscure alternative stuff. (now i guess defined as indie rock?) Jancee was the sarcastic, slightly awkward, Janeane Garofalo-esque host who introduced me to Radiohead, Sonic Youth and Bjork. through her hilarious video introductions, i sort of fell in love with her, in that "i wish i was just like you!" ki...more
Brenda
I already liked Jancee Dunn after reading her debut novel, Don't You Forget About Me. Now that I've backtracked to her 2006 memoir, I see her as a kindred spirit. She engagingly describes the high points of her life, starting with her childhood, progressing through her years at Rolling Stone and as one of the first VJs on MTV2. The chapters are interspersed with pieces about some of her favorite celebrity interviews, all VERY boldfaced names. As the title suggests, Dunn is totally unpretentious...more
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A writer for Rolling Stone since 1989, Jancee Dunn was a correspondent for Good Morning America and an MTV veejay. She has written for GQ, Vogue, Vanity Fair, Harper's Bazaar, the New York Times, and other publications. (from the publisher's website)"
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