Laurence Leamer – Three Chords and the Truth


Never before has country music been so compellingly honest. In Three Chords and the Truth, Laurence Leamer unfolds the passionate lives of the greatest stars in country music. You’ll hear from the full spectrum of country music and its process of stardom: the inner life of Garth Brooks, Wynonna’s troubled career, Vince Gill’s love of music, Shania Twain’s struggle to stardom, and much more.

Every June, in gratitude to their devoted fans, the stars of country music appear at the annual Fan Fair on the Tennessee State Fair Grounds to sign autographs and perform. Fan Fair is the setting for this ground-breaking mosaic that traces country music from its grass-roots beginning to the renaissance it is experiencing today. In the tight-knit community of Nashville, Leamer was given full access, traveling with the bands and becoming a trusted ear. Here are the sensations: LeAnn Rimes, Mindy McCready, and superstars Mary Chapin Carpenter, Brooks and Dunn, and Alan Jackson. Their stories reflect country music itself: intense, emotional, filled with joy and disappointment, passion and dismay, laughter and tears. Here, in colorful detail, are the reasons why country music is the most listened-to music in the nation. Three Chords and the Truth is a revelation, and promises that you will never look at country music the same way again.

Author: Laurence Leamer
Narrator: Laurence Leamer
Duration: 2 hours 28 minutes
Released: 5 Sep 2009
Publisher: HarperAudio
Language: English

User Review:

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Not just because I’m a fan of the band the Go-Go’s, and of Belinda Carlisle in general, but I couldn’t have enjoyed this memoir more. Some might assume they know who Ms. Carlisle is because they listen to her music, or read the headlines in the 1970s and 80s about her success, her drug addiction, etc. But there’s much more to this woman than the media portrayal we’ve all been exposed to. “Lips Unsealed” not only provides a first-hand account of the beginning of the most successful all-female band in rock history, but also takes us behind the scenes for an intimate portrayal of the life of Belinda Carlisle, including the good, the bad, and the ugly. Her life lessons are simple and poignant, and the book ends with a great deal of maturity, hope, and healing. I truly great read/listen.