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    Lauren St. John(Author)

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This is the story of a love affair with music and a quest which began when Lauren St John packed her guitar and set out to find the soul that lies behind Nashville's surface glitter. Granted unprecedented access to Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams and numerous others, Lauren St John travelled from Wilkesboro, North Carolina to Hollywood and beyond to write a true insider's account of the American roots musicians who carry the flame of legends like Hank Williams, Gram Parson and Robert Johnson.

'This book is about my Nashville, the town I've called home for 26 years and have come to love in spite of itself' STEVE EARLE 'Nashville represents the American dream of stardom, of crawling from the gutter, of pure self-expression and the uplifting power of music. It is to this place that Lauren St John journeys, intent on discovering the true soul of a city masked by rhinestones and cheap tourist haunts... Walkin' After Midnight is for all true keepers of the country flame and lovers of real music, whatever the genre' The Times

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  • PDF | 288 pages
  • Lauren St. John(Author)
  • Picador; New edition edition (10 Aug. 2001)
  • English
  • 8
  • Biography

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  • By Ron Frankl on 9 November 2000

    This is a marvelous book for those fans of country music who believe that the form has more to offer than the dreck usually marketed by the Nashville music machine.Brit Lauren St. John, whose previous published efforts have focused on golf, loves American country music with a passion and conviction that is rare. St. John came to Nashville in 1999 for an extended stay, her goal to find the artistic and intellectual substance in the world of country music that is often impossible to see.Her rambling journey leads her seek out some of the most talented and insightful individuals in Nashville, including Lucinda Williams, Emmylou Harris, Buddy & Julie Miller and record exec/producer/musician Tony Brown. She somehows gets her subjects to reveal more of themselves than previous interviewers. The best part of the book, though, is St. John's extended ramblings with the prodigiously talented singer/songwriter Steve Earle, whose comments about some of Nashvilles' biggest stars are both outrageous and hilarious.While somewhat lacking in structure, "Walkin' After Midnight" is a terrific read, and even non-fans of country music will probably enjoy it. Luaren St. John's love for country music is obvious, and she makes her case for country as an important if often conflicted art form.

  • By Black Box on 3 April 2008

    This was an impulsive purchase, made from the 'Further Reductions' section in my local bookstore, largely on the back of seeing Lucinda Williams' name jump out at me as I flicked through.Lauren St.John is a Zimbabwean golf journalist who writes like an angel in cinematic widescreen style. Her love of country music pours from the pages, and she records both the good and the bad sides of the business with startling clarity, but without sentiment or judgement. She lets you make up your own mind where you stand on the camp and kitsch tolerance scale.For admirers of Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams and Emmylou Harris however, the book merely serves to reinforce what you already know - that they are the heart and soul of the music, and that there is a subconscious purity and a purpose to what they do. It's clear where the authors' affections lie.This really is a tremendous bedtime read for all confirmed devotees of Americana, highly recommended.


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