LORETTA LYNN: Coal Miner's Daughter by Loretta & George Vecsey Lynn

LORETTA LYNN: Coal Miner's Daughter

By
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

The feisty, tell-it-like-it-is coal miner's daughter from Butcher Holler, Ky., talks about growing up dirt poor, hungry and sexually ignorant. When Loretta rocked the C & W world with ""The Pill"" she knew whereof she spoke: married at 13 to Doolittle Lynn, she had 4 kids by the time she was 18; ""I went from Daddy to Doe, and there's always been a man telling me what to do."" Course, now it's a little different, since she became a big star in Nashville and Grand Ole Opry. Loretta's still mean--you'd call it tough--a gritty survivor who could always go back to canning string beans. You can see why her fans love her--she sits right down with them and eats those finger-lickin' barbecued spareribs. And even though she's got money and fame now, she remember her daddy who died of black lung, and the poor kids everywhere and especially the Indians for whom she feels a special kinship--she's part Cherokee and very proud. Since Loretta's education was, uh, haphazard, George Vecsey (who knows about miners--see his One Sunset A Week, 1974) wrote this down for her, but you'll hear her voice all right, that strong, high mountain twang, not chic, maybe, but real and earthy--like Loretta.

Pub Date: April 1st, 1976
ISBN: 0307741230
Publisher: Regnery