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Looking Back to See: A Country Music Memoir

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A vocal group without peer, The Browns were central artists in the changing sound of country and American popular music at mid-century. They were part of major changes in the entertainment business and American culture, participated in the folk music movement in the A[a--E60A[a--a[s, and saw the steady birth of rock A[a--EnA[a--a[ roll up close as they worked with Presley ...more
Paperback, 348 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by University of Arkansas Press (first published October 1st 2003)
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Jan 04, 2012 Lisa rated it it was amazing
I really loved reading this autobiography by Maxine Brown. I love the Browns and their music and this was well-written and enjoyable from page one until the end. It displays Maxine's great sense of humor that perservered in spite of many family tragedies that occured throughout her interesting life. Even if you aren't necessarily a fan of country, it's a great read.
Sep 18, 2010 Dawn rated it really liked it
This book is pretty good. It is full of tons of interesting stories about other artists besides the Browns, as well. The only reason I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars is because Maxine spends the entire book blaming all of her failures on others. She is always the innocent victim, in her eyes. That seems quite a little self serving to me.
Jul 29, 2012 Emma rated it it was amazing
i really love and admire this woman and how she has handled things in her life, i am a big fan of The Browns, and Maxine and Jim Eds solo music also.this book is about poverty and what it was like for The Browns as young kids in sparkman arkansas and growing up, starting her career, through the ups and downs in the music biz
Pat Brannon
Dec 28, 2012 Pat Brannon rated it it was amazing
I totally enjoyed this book and the daily journey The Browns experienced at various times while travelling and performing. Many years ago Jim Ed came to my aunt's house in Little Rock to play music. Coming from several generations of singers, songwriters and musicians, this book was especially meaningful to me.
Sandy Young
Feb 06, 2012 Sandy Young rated it it was amazing
Excellent book. Maxine tells the story of not only the BROWNS, but also her story.
Being in the country music industry was not a piece of cake in the 50s and 60s, especially for female performers.
Jan 10, 2011 Russell rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable read. An honest look at Maxine Brown's life and the rise and demise of The Browns. For a real treat, explore the music of The Browns.
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Apr 24, 2014 Judy Tate rated it liked it
I really like The Browns and Jim Ed is a favorite. Maxine really dished the dirt on some country music figures, but she sugar-coated other entertainers. She even says in the book that singers stick-up for each other. This is a bitter woman's rant against an industry that treated her "badly". She should have paid more attention to her business. I did like the tales about Elvis and the photos were great.
Great descriptions of rural poverty in the late depression years in Arkansas as well as the rough and tumble world of early rockabilly music and its promoters. Maxine Brown writes mostly about The Browns' rise to fame but the book is peppered with her own feelings of bitterness, anger, and some gratitude (more of the other) at the folks she met along the way. She writes honestly, and there are times this is less than flattering.
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