Diamond in the Rough: A Memoir

Diamond in the Rough: A Memoir

by 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. Diamond in the Rough recounts this passionate musician's coming-of-age, from the prairies of South Dakota to dark smoky bars in Austin, Texas, to the world stage at the Grammys. With 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 whole.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061759291
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/30/2013
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 833,914
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Shawn Colvin is a singer-songwriter and musician. She began performing in bands in the late 1970s, and after years of polishing her skills in Austin, Texas, and the New York folk scene, Colvin released her debut album Steady On in 1989, earning a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album. Her breakthrough success was the album A Few Small Repairs in 1996, featuring the song "Sunny Came Home," a top-ten hit that won Grammys for Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Colvin has released ten albums, won three Grammy Awards, and been nominated for seven others.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

1 Light the Sky 5

2 A Vengeance 21

3 She Opened a Book 33

4 Get the Kids 41

5 Small Repairs 49

6 Walking on a Wire 59

7 Out There on Her Own 67

8 Dry Is Good 73

9 Wind Is Better 83

10 Go On and Do It 89

11 A Mission 105

12 She's All Right 115

13 Days Go By 131

14 You Always Knew It 141

15 Sunny Came Home 149

16 Hold on Tight 161

17 A List of Names 175

18 Bring a Sweater 181

19 I'm Hypnotized 189

20 Out of My Mind 195

21 Her Favorite Room 203

Epilogue 219

Acknowledgments 223

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