John Prine Talks New Songbook Beyond Words

In 1972, Atlantic Records released a sampler LP in the UK that eventually found its way into record stores in America, a recording that today is a pretty desirable commodity to vintage vinyl collectors. Called The New Age Of Atlantic, the album featured then-unreleased tracks by Led Zeppelin and Yes, as well as cuts from other Atlantic acts like Buffalo Springfield and John Prine. John Prine? Who the heck was John Prine? Well, John Prine was a former Chicago mailman and folksinger type championed by pop icon Paul Anka, whose first album had been released on Atlantic the year before. His eponymously-titled LP did well enough to keep Prine signed, and anyone who knew anything about songwriting soon was hip to the work of this wry, insightful artist whose initial release contained some real gems. The question then was, what else has he got? For over four decades now, the answer has consistently been outstanding, high-quality songs. Prine went on to co-found his own label, Oh Boy Records, so he could continue to write ‘em as he heard ‘em, and he’s become a legend of sorts. His new book, Beyond Words, is a must-have for any serious fan of Prine…

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