But Enough About Me: How a Small-Town Girl Went from Shag Carpet to the Red Carpet
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 i...more
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.
But Enough About Me interweaves accounts of Jancee Dunn’s New Jersey adolescence with her brushes with fame as a Rolling Stone reporter. I first read this part-memoir, part-gossip magazine when it was published in 2006, and was curious to see if it held up to a second reading.
This time round, I initially found the contrast between the author’s suburban family and her famous subjects to be overdone. Was she suggesting that her family — whose idea of a fun outing is photographing each other lying...more
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
But Enough About Me. From Eighties Geek To Rock `n' Roll Ch ...more
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
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.
Getting information for her friends, especially what Madonna had in her bathroom, was priceless.
Awesome idea. Loved the glimpses from back in the day.
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
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
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