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From the Introduction of
DOLLY ON DOLLY:

Nobody knows Dolly like Dolly.” By 1978, the country queen had crossed over to become a sensation in the pop music world when she sat with Star magazine’s John Latta to take verbal inventory of her new status as international superstar. “I’m still the same person,” she said, “but I’m happier now and I feel even more confident that I can accomplish the things I’ve dreamed of doing. . . . I’ve always planned to achieve total musical freedom for myself, and that’s where I’m headed.”

Dolly Parton had left The Porter Wagoner Show in 1974 after seven years of recording sessions, television tapings, and touring alongside Wagoner, who’d been her duet partner, mentor, and Svengali. “What I’ve always wanted [is] to be a singing star with my own show,” she told journalist Dave Hickey in Country Music magazine that same year. Hickey noticed a sparkle in her voice. “When Dolly says star it’s like you’ve never heard the word before,” he observed. “The idea has so much force for her, and its meaning is so obviously clear. . . . When she uses the word star, you know that, to her, it isn’t just a fantasy or a vague term denoting success. It’s what she’s going to be . . . will be . . . is.” Dolly and Wagoner maintained an amicable business relationship for the next two years, but the two severed ties completely in 1976. That’s when she broke free and began to put into place an extensive revamp of her image and music, one that would reach broad and new audiences, far beyond the field of country music. Backlash from some unhappy country fans led Dolly to repeatedly have to explain her makeover. “I’m not leavin’ country music,” she’d say, “I’m takin’ it with me!”

It was a time of musical, physical, and spiritual metamorphosis for Dolly, who was a self-proclaimed butterfly in spirit. “Butterflies remind me of myself,” she told the press, explaining why she’d chosen as her insignia. “They don’t bother anybody, they just go about their business, gentle but determined.”


REVIEWS for DOLLY ON DOLLY:

Dolly on Dolly magnificently encapsulates Dolly Parton’s career through her own words. It’s a must read for fans of all ages.”
—Gary and Larry Lane, actors and filmmakers (
Hollywood to Dollywood)

"Six decades into her career, Dolly continues to be a fountain of songwriting creativity. Randy L. Schmidt’s Dolly on Dolly reflects all of this. The book chronicles journalists’ encounters with this force of nature over forty-seven years. I was charmed by its very early stories, written when she was just beginning to establish her image. But I was equally enthralled by the stories written about Dolly as I know her today, as an American popular-culture icon. Love her. Love this book.”
—Robert K. Oermann, music journalist

"Dolly on Dolly is an indulgent journey through Dolly's life and career, giving fans a chance to relive interviews they haven't seen in decades, but moreover it is a study in excellent interview technique. Dolly Parton is one of the world's most skilled interview subjects, expertly navigating reporters' questions with humor and wit, remaining in control of the interview at all times and gently steering if where she wants it to go. Dolly on Dolly offers a fascinating overview of how her natural interview talent grew over time to a level that few in the public eye can match."
—Duane Gordon, publisher, dollymania.net

“This polished tribute will be candy for Parton fans, while readers with a casual interest in pop culture will find it highly browsable and full of good humor.”
Library Journal

"You don’t need to be a Dolly Parton devotee to appreciate these 25 in-depth interviews, spanning 1967 to 2014, which chronicle the journey of a talented woman coming into her own."
BUST magazine



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