One of the 20th century's most influential country singers led a life that cast the trials and heartbreaks that she often sang about into shame. Wynette was always driven to seek stardom, but her eventual success came at a terrible price. Mr. McDonough is obviously a fan of the lady, although that does not mean that he shies away from the less savory aspects of her determined rise to the top. The book also provides him with the opportunity to give due credit to a singularly talented woman, who, no doubt, would still argue that it was all worth it. Every single teardrop. — Alden Graves
From the New York Times bestselling biographer-the first book-length portrait of music legend Tammy Wynette.
Known for his acclaimed biographies of Neil Young, Russ Meyer, and Andy Milligan, Jimmy McDonough now delivers an emotional and revealing exploration of the life of the Queen of Heartbreak. Based on dozens of interviews, McDonough's book unveils a life of profound extremes, from Wynette's impoverished youth in Mississippi, to her meteoric rise after meeting legendary producer Billy Sherrill, to her star-crossed marriage to music legend George Jones. What emerges is an unforgettable view of a Nashville that no longer exists-and a woman whose life mirrored the sadness captured in her music.
About the Author
Jimmy McDonough’s biography of Neil Young, Shakey, was a critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller. He has also written biographies of Russ Meyer and Andy Milligan, and has written for publications including The Village Voice and Variety. He lives in Portland, Oregon.