[PDF/EPUB] Diamond in the Rough Author Shawn Colvin

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After learning to play guitar at the age of ten Shawn Colvin was determined to make a life in music a decision that would send a small town girl out on the open road for good In 1997 two decades after she started she got her big break Like the troubled would be arsonist and survivor of her smash hit Sunny Came Home Colvin knows a thing or two about heartache and setting fires Diamond in the Rough recounts this passionate musician's coming of age from the prairies of South Dakot. I have been a Shawn Colvin fan for over 10 years so I went into this with high hopes As a memoir I think it is pretty well written lots of personal stories and information That being said however this is the first autobiographybiography that I think I like the subject less after reading their book I still love her music but personally she comes across being uite self centered which she admits to and blaming a lot of others for her problems I would recommend this book just on it s inside look at her music career Engendering Song uite self centered which she admits to and blaming a lot of others for her problems I would recommend this book just on it s inside look at her music career

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Diamond in the Rough

A to the dark smoky bars in Austin Texas to the world stage at the GrammysHumorous and deeply honest Colvin relates the experiences behind her best loved songs in vivid color in this memoir Diamond in the Rough captures her years of touring cross country in bands and vans full of guys; falling in and out of love; meeting heroes like Joni Mitchell; searching for her musical identity; and making friendships that would last a lifetime It is also an unflinching account of Colvin's. My wife and I have been fans of Shawn Colvin s music since her first album er CD Steady On was released back in 1989 We saw her at least three times during that tour and we both could tell from her songs her stage presence and the stories she told on stage that she had done a lot of living in her yearsI had hoped that Colvin s autobiography Diamond in the Rough would tell that story with a depth that her songs suggested she was capable of providing Instead I feel Colvin gave an overview of her life spending time on some of the important moments feeling left out in Illinois as a child finding music through her guitar her two marriages the birth of her daughter but never getting too deep When she writes about her drinking depression and panic attacks it is as if they re just brief emotional events She writes a bit about beating alcohol but devotes very few pages to it and none to beating depression and panic attacks other than to mention the pharmaceuticals that have helped her regain her sense of self Similarly her two divorces are mentioned in passing the reasons behind them are given a sentence or two if thatColvin opens and closes her book with events surrounding the breakup of her most recent relationship a relationship with someone she won t name other than to call him her ex While I certainly wasn t looking for a kiss and tell from Colvin her reluctance to trust the reader enough with a name seems to sum up Colvin s writing about her life in generalI expected something honest personally engaging and revealing about Colvin after following her music for over 20 years Encounters with Rauschenberg unflinching account of Colvin's. My wife and I have been fans of Shawn Colvin s music since her first album er CD Steady On was released back in 1989 We saw her at least three times during that tour and we both could tell from her songs her stage presence and the stories she told on stage that she had done a lot of living in her yearsI had hoped that Colvin s autobiography Diamond in the Rough would tell that story with a depth that her songs suggested she was capable of providing Instead I feel Colvin gave an overview of her life spending time on some of the important moments feeling left out in Illinois as a child finding music through her guitar her two marriages the birth of her daughter but never getting too deep When she writes about her drinking depression and panic attacks it is as if they re just brief emotional events She writes a bit about beating alcohol but devotes very few pages to it and none to beating depression and panic attacks other than to mention the pharmaceuticals that have helped her regain her sense of self Similarly her two divorces are mentioned in passing the reasons behind them are given a sentence or two if thatColvin opens and closes her book with events surrounding the breakup of her most recent relationship a relationship with someone she won t name other than to call him her ex While I certainly wasn t looking for a kiss and tell from Colvin her reluctance to trust the reader enough with a name seems to sum Doctors, Ambassadors, Secretaries up Colvin s writing about her life in generalI expected something honest personally engaging and revealing about Colvin after following her music for over 20 years

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Struggles weathering addiction and depression learning to care for not only herself but also a child and always channeling those experiences into songWith the wit lyricism and empathy that have characterized Colvin's performances and inspired audiences worldwide Diamond in the Rough looks back over a rich lifetime of highs and lows with stunning insight and candor In its pages we witness the inspiring story of a woman honing her artistry finding her voice and making herself who. I love books about artists discovering themselves and Colvin s memoir is no exception What s even fascinating is that she seemed to stumble into her career because she really wasn t good at anything else She had a huge substance abuse problem which will limit how much and what you can do but she always found the energy for her guitar She loved playing guitar and came from a musical family She had some natural talent for melody She could listen to a song on the radio and then play it But writing her own material was an uphill climb and she spent so many years playing in bars covering other singers She has a beautiful voice but she doesn t seem to know that She says something like I can carry a tune I can stay in tune I have a sturdy alto with decent octave range And I am thinking Don t you know how pretty your voice is That didn t seem to matter to her She just loved the music Playing it and singing it and gigging with friends And also drinking A lot And falling in and out of love A lot Sounds fun right She put a rag tag sort of life together singing and trying to write songs for a long time before she got a record contract I was surprised at how difficult songwriting was for her She mostly did lyrics and found a collaborator for the music Somehow from this she forged a brilliant career I won t spoil it by saying how It sure was fun to read about Why 4 not 5 Her writing skills are not great Not terrible and it s a terrific story but at one point she says something like I have never attempted to write something of this length You probably guessed that She s funny and honest and gives uite a bit of insight into one artist s meandering path to success beyong her wildest dreams And I love those happy endings Doctors, Ambassadors, Secretaries uphill climb and she spent so many years playing in bars covering other singers She has a beautiful voice but she doesn t seem to know that She says something like I can carry a tune I can stay in tune I have a sturdy alto with decent octave range And I am thinking Don t you know how pretty your voice is That didn t seem to matter to her She just loved the music Playing it and singing it and gigging with friends And also drinking A lot And falling in and out of love A lot Sounds fun right She put a rag tag sort of life together singing and trying to write songs for a long time before she got a record contract I was surprised at how difficult songwriting was for her She mostly did lyrics and found a collaborator for the music Somehow from this she forged a brilliant career I won t spoil it by saying how It sure was fun to read about Why 4 not 5 Her writing skills are not great Not terrible and it s a terrific story but at one point she says something like I have never attempted to write something of this length You probably guessed that She s funny and honest and gives Engendering Song uite a bit of insight into one artist s meandering path to success beyong her wildest dreams And I love those happy endings


10 thoughts on “Diamond in the Rough

  1. says:

    I remember where I was when I first encountered Shawn Colvin I was in a Best Buy in Bloomington Illinois in the spring of my freshm

  2. says:

    I have been a Shawn Colvin fan for over 10 years so I went into this with high hopes As a memoir I think it is pretty well written lots of perso

  3. says:

    Thank you Shelf Awareness On a day when I was really in need of good news I received notice that I had won this book I'll g

  4. says:

    I read this book in just two sittings It was a thoroughly enjoyable swift read because it is written purely from the heart It is a gritty no holds barred brutally honest soul baring confessional memoir that is at once uplifting and sa

  5. says:

    This book is pretty uneven though that's also how I find Colvin's music some of it I love some of it I have to skip She breezes uickly through her childhood detailing a few formative experiences which I thought was good no reason to dwell too much there But she sort of skimmed over the alcohol addiction part and at one point she m

  6. says:

    My wife and I have been fans of Shawn Colvin's music since her first album er CD Steady On was released back in 1989 We saw her at least three t

  7. says:

    Well you cant accuse Shawn Colvin of not being honest in this memoir Sometimes maybe she's just a little too honest leaving me to wonder what her teenage daughter will think when she reads her mom's book Overall though a pleasant uick read for the summer If you're a fan of her music which I am there are some interesting

  8. says:

    Five stars for Shawn Colvin's musicGreat start to this book with vivid details from her humble Midwestern upbringing to her arduous journey as multiple Grammy winning artist Brave and honest telling of her battle with depression anti

  9. says:

    I love books about artists discovering themselves and Colvin's memoir is no exception What's even fascinating is that she seemed to stumble into her career because she really wasn't good at anything else She had a huge substance abuse problem which will limit how much and what you can do but she always found the energy for her guitar She loved playing guitar and came from a musical family She had some natural talent for melody She could l

  10. says:

    As you'd expect from a woman who's worked her way through most of America's psychiatric medications this is not an in depth bookIt bounces about like a nervous moth rarely settling on a subject for long as a fresh idea or thought rushes to the fore But that's not a criticismIn doing this you gain a further insight into the mind of the woman who gave the world one of my all time favourite albums in A Few Small RepairsThrough tales of her c