"So much insight and so many great personal stories behind this legendary, super talent. If you’re a John Prine fan you’re going to love this book.
If not, please read it and listen to his music. You will then no doubt be one." —George Strait
“Holly has created a beautiful collage by using John’s words to bring us into the center of his world
, where family, music, imagination, and love reside with his struggle to remain that kid from Maywood whose curiosity birthed the beautiful songs and music he gifted to the world." —Fiona Whelan Prine
, president of Oh Boy Records"I'm so grateful that Holly has put together this fantastic collection of the best interviews and articles about our beloved John Prine spanning the whole six decades of his extraordinary career.
For all of us who love and miss him so, this book is truly a treasured gift." —Bonnie Raitt
"I’ve loved John Prine since I was a little girl. Prine on Prine
makes me feel like he’s been talking to me since he was a young man, and seeing him go through the phases of his career is a real gift. Holly Gleason knew John, so she understood how to take these interviews, movie scripts, tv shows and recipes and create a sense of who he was when he got done writing or performing.
Now even more than a legend, he feels like a favorite uncle." —Miranda Lambert
“With a deep understanding and knowledge of John Prine—the man and his music—Holly Gleason has searched every nook and cranny to curate a thoughtful biography of one of our greatest singer-songwriters. Her insightful text sets the scene as we experience Prine, the unfiltered raconteur, via five decades of media coverage
, from major magazines to niche publications, television scripts to a recipe book, talk show appearances, movie roles, and his PEN Award presentation. Prine on Prine
is both revelatory and entertaining.” —Holly George-Warren
, author of Janis: Her Life and Music
and A Man Called Destruction: The Life and Music of Alex Chilton
"As close to an autobiography as we’re going to get from John Prine, Prine on Prine captures the inimitable, whimsical voice of one of our greatest songwriters
, from the beginning of his career to his final days, evolving from the shy, self-effacing, uncertain youngster film critic Roger Ebert discovered to the wise, cunning veteran who left a body of work probably second only to Dylan. Nashville legend Holly Gleason knew the man and assembled this brilliant collection with a knowing eye and loving heart." —Joel Selvin
, author of Fare Thee Well: The Final Chapter of the Grateful Dead's Long, Strange Trip
and other books
“This carefully curated set of interviews shines a light on why this man and these songs are deeply, deeply embedded in our collective memory. It’s the magic of how a USPS mail carrier became the first songwriter to read at the Library of Congress at the behest of America’s poet laureate—and the way we’ve all spent decades marking life’s moments with John Prine records. In reading these pieces, it becomes clear: the interviews are the man—and the insight that Holly, who knew Prine well, brings to them shows John Prine truly was that man.
His songs are powerful and spot-on, and seem to come from a very regular guy, albeit one with great compassion and wisdom. In reading Prine on Prine
, he comes across that way, and more.” —Greg Harris
, president and CEO, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
“Holly Gleason has always been one of our greatest music journalists, but this book solidifies the fact that she’s much more than that: she’s one of the great preservers of the stories that make up American music. Here the esteemed writer has meticulously gathered the best interviews, features, and reviews in which Prine offered insights into his process as one of the all-time best songwriters. She’s found the work of writers such as Studs Terkel, Roger Ebert, Ronni Lundy, Cameron Crowe, and many others who deftly show us the man behind the music. In doing so Gleason provides the fullest picture of Prine we’ve ever had before
, and it’s one that enriches our understanding of him as an artist and as a person. Prine on Prine
is a must-read for anyone who loves John Prine or anyone who loves great music.” —Silas House
, author of Lark Ascending
, Clay’s Quilt
, The Coal Tattoo
, and Southernmost
"Listening to John Prine instantly jolts me to a higher vibration and feels like I’m walking on holy ground, free, fearless and naked as the eyes of a clown. He shakes me, wakes me, conjuring up emotions I didn’t know I had, reminding me that tenderness is a virtue. His words make me want to be a better person, to recognize myself in everyone’s eyes, to hold all of humanity in high esteem—because we’re all in it together. Praise be to Holly Gleason for this oh so important, exquisitely curated collection
. John Prine improved the world by being alive. Let’s do our best keep that big, beautiful ball rolling." —Pamela Des Barres
, author of I’m With the Band
and Let's Spend The Night Together
“In this book you get the man, in all his charming, introspective, self-deprecating and inspiring facets. It can serve as a biography, with the details of signposts and bumps on Prine’s road to fame.” —Chicago Tribune
“To know him is to love him, and to love and know Prine is to spend a lot of hours in his presence via Gleason’s essential compendium, which finds his observational candor, fierce intelligence and genial warmth to be unwavering over a half-century of meeting the press.” —Variety
“Even more insight into John Prine thanks to the new book Prine on Prine.
" —John Dickerson, CBS News Prime Time
“Presented with as much humility and love as he displayed in his songs. Editor Holly Gleason’s new anthology, Prine on Prine: Interviews and Encounters with John Prine
, is a tender delight.” —PopMatters
"Moving and insightful." —Los Angeles Times
“The most concise record of Prine’s life in his own words that we have.” —Garden & Gun