Margaret Larkin Jones

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Author of Patsy: The Life and Times of Patsy Cline

Patsy Cline is an archetypal American heroine who sprang from her own conception of what it truly means to be a star, a woman whose willfulness and independence made her ahead of her time. The story of her rise to fame at a time when female singers were considered window dressing is an incredible tale of tenacity set in a series of uncanny "coincidences" that give her life a mythic quality. Patsy chronicles the life of this ambitious singer, from her impoverished childhood and likely sexual abuse by her father, through her struggle for success and her exploitation by record producers, to her phenomenal but short-lived recording career.

Patsy is based on over 100 interviews: family members, home-town friends, and some of Nashville's leading artists of the 1950s and '60s, including Loretta Lynn, June Carter Cash, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Barbara Mandrell, Faron Young, Roy Clark, Jimmy Dean, Johnny Western, the Jordanaires, and Tompall Glaser; songwriters Harlan Howard and Donn Hecht; session men Harold Bradley and Floyd Cramer; and legandary record man Owen Bradley. It is their voices that tell the story of Patsy Cline. The result is the first fully drawn portrait of this crossover superstar, set in the context of a history of country music during the dynamic era when the regional country music of a previous era was transformed into a multimillion-dollar "industry" that is present-day Nashville.

Margaret Jones's biography of the pentultimate country music diva, Patsy: The Life and Times of Patsy Cline, was described by acclaimed author Michael Dorris, reviewing for the Los Angeles Times, as “definitive . . . It reads as her life was lived, like the melodramatic but hopelessly ‘true’ lyrics of a Nashville ballad.” Ms. Jones has discussed the life of legendary Nashville star Patsy Cline on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” on various BBC programs, on the Nashville Network, and as a panelist at the SXSW (South by Southwest) music conference, as well as on radio stations and newspapers throughout the U.S. and Europe. She is a contributor to The Encyclopedia of Country Music (Oxford University Press), described as “the definitive historical and biographical work of the past eight decades of country music.”

Coming soon: an enhanced e-book version of Patsy: The Life and Times of Patsy Cline, with interactive features including many more photos and audio of many of the country music figures, family members, and friends whose recollections and stories of Patsy Cline form the narrative of this definitive biography.