#Friday56 – Unlikely Angel: The Songs of Dolly Parton

Happy FriYAY Bibliofriends!

This week’s Friday 56 comes from Unlikely Angel: The Songs of Dolly Parton. This book in a series about Women Composers explores some of the meanings and influences in the songwriting behind some of Dolly’s most well known songs. Huge thanks to Netgalley, the University of Illinois Press and Professor Lydia R. Hamessley for giving me the opportunity to read a free digital copy in exchange for an honest review.

Hosted by Freda’s Voice, the Friday 56 is a weekly bookish prompt. It’s quite easy to do and could cover no end of different books and genres so seems great if you’re looking for a quick snippet to discover something new!


*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader (If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post here in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple.

But Dolly’s song has a chorus and verses for different musical effects, narrative details and commentary. The energy of the song, with its pounding percussion heartbeat, builds relentlessly to its chilling, suicidal end.

Lydia R. Hamessley on “The Bridge” Just Because I’m a Woman 1968

This brilliant book is an absolute must-read for any fans of Dolly’s music, anyone interested in the history of country music or those curious to know how song writers go about honing their craft and skills. You can check out my full review here.

Amazon | University of Illinois Press | Waterstones | Lydia Harmlessly on Twitter | NetGalley

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2 thoughts on “#Friday56 – Unlikely Angel: The Songs of Dolly Parton

  1. I love Dolly Parton and her music. I don’t generally read biographies about celebrities, but I would make an exception for this. Thank you for sharing! I hope you have a great weekend. Happy reading!

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    • Ah thank you! I don’t tend to read a lot of biographies either but this really isn’t like that at all! It has a real focus on the music and songs. Have a lovely weekend! ☺️


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