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Why Do Rock Bands Agree To Collaborate With iGaming Business?

Since the entry of slot themes as a crucial concept in slot development, online gaming software providers have been brimming with ideas to make them notable exceptions. One of the most intriguing topics out of the many that have been touched on so far is that of music, especially rock bands. The online platform is not crawling with rock music slots like those of other prominent categories, but they still manage to shine as excellent choices. For instance, the Guns N’ Roses slot demo by NetEnt stands among the greats, even when placed against titles from other theme classes. Below is a look at why some of the most famed rock bands choose to collaborate with the iGaming business to create games themed around them.

Exciting Atmosphere

In the early days of slot creation, punters focused less on the design and more on the thrill that came with anticipating big wins. Ever since then, player tastes have changed tremendously with a lot of focus being applied on the entertainment value of a pokie as much as what it has to offer in winnings and bonuses. If rock bands are known for anything, it is their ability to pump up a crowd, and they provide the same to slot machine games. Members of rock bands often jump at the opportunity to reach an audience beyond the stage by being featured in slot games. The pumped-up nature of rock music offers action, excitement, and animation to accompany good winning values.

Immortalize Timeless Hits

With the music industry being bigger than ever, hits are being churned out at a faster pace. Currently, some of the bops that dominate the sector include Old Town Road, Bad Guy, and New Rules. These songs will most likely go down in history as classics, but for now, they resonate with only one or two generations.

Famous rock bands that are featured in slot machines, on the other hand, have been releasing hits since as far back as the eighties. This has given them a lot more time to earn legendary status with both the old and young generations. Songs like Twisted Sisters’ We’re Not Gonna Take It and Ozzy Osbourne’s Crazy Train are still popular with people to date despite having been around for decades. Rock bands take the opportunity to feature in pokie machines as a way to immortalize the most famous hits in their career and give fans an even more exciting way to listen to some of the songs that they love.

Ideal Target Market

Most research studies indicate that the average online gambler is in their forties. Therefore, most slot lovers grew up in the golden era of rock bands, which saw the rise of legendary groups like Guns N’ Roses, Twisted Sister, and Motorhead. Even though these bands have slowed down over the years with new generations acquiring different tastes, they still look to offer their fans a taste of the edgy days when MTV was considered taboo. Even though a lot more is available for music than this channel, rock band slots allow players to have a dose of nostalgia and revisit the good old days while taking a shot at collecting winnings.


Most rock band celebrities are not complaining when it comes to how deep their pockets can run. For instance, the lead vocalist of the Guns N’ Roses band AXL Rose boasts an impressive net worth of around 200 million dollars, which is a similar range to that of Ozzy Osbourne. Even so, most of these artists do not mind having an endless source of royalties money to add to their wealth. Slot machines present such a platform since online gaming software developers have to pay to feature their brands in games. These payments continue to roll in as long as their slots are available to the public, much like with their music.

Popular Rock Band Slot

With so many reasons backing the entry of rock bands into the iGaming business, numerous groups have invested in creating slots games to mark their career success. Some successful titles under the theme category include:

Guns N’ Roses

Guns N’ Roses is among the most famous rock bands of the eighties and nineties. The group is still together to date and was releasing music as recently as 2018. NetEnt took the tie to honor GNR with a slot machine of the same name, which was launched in celebration of their 30th anniversary in January of 2016. The slot machine welcomes players to the band’s world tour on five reels that carry twenty bet lines. The game features some of the group’s biggest hits that play in the background including Welcome to the Jungle, November Rain, Paradise City, and Chinese Democracy. The visuals of the game match the intensity of the tunes, especially the black playtable with the band logo plastered behind golden symbols.

Guns N’ Roses slot game appeals to gamblers with more than just nostalgic music to encourage the placement of stakes between 20 to 200 coins per spin. The game awards winnings as high as 750 times the line bet, and this amount is awarded by the lead singer AXL when he forms a combination of five icons. Other incentives included in the pokie are:

– Regular wilds
– Destruction wilds
– Bonus wheel
– The Crowd-Pleaser Bonus Game
– Encore Free Spins
– Appetite for Destruction Wild
– Legend Spins
– Solo Multiplier

This game is available in nearly all casinos that support NetEnt software.


Megadeth is the brainchild of the bassist David Ellefson and the guitarist Dave Mustaine, which started out in Los Angeles. The band is often credited with the popularization of American trash metal alongside other popular groups like Metallica, Slayer, and Anthrax. The band was formed back in 1983 and is still together to date.

The Megadeth slot game touches on the success of the group, and it is created by Leander Games. The slot machine features a literal heavy metal theme with the five by three grid created using metal casings and surrounded by bright stage lights. Megadeth online slot includes the band members David Ellefson, Chris Broderick, and Shawn Drover. Dave Mustaine appears as the wild symbol, and he can expand to cover an entire reel. The slot logo awards the fixed jackpot win of 500 credits.Â

Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix was a one-person band whose ingenuity is admired to date even though his music career only lasted four years. The legend is credited with having changed the course of pop culture as it is by fusing a wide range of music genres with particular focus on rock, soul, and jazz. Jimi redefined what it meant to be a composer, singer, and songwriter, which is why NetEnt included him in their lineup of music slots.

The Jimi Hendrix slot game has been available since 2016. Rather than capture the modern era of realism in its presentation, the game carries the artistic vision of the counterculture era, which resonates with most fans of Jimi’s music. The slot machine uses regular bet limits of between 0.01 and one credit per coin, with each of the twenty play lines capable of holding between one and ten of these coins. The set is decorated with a variety of bonuses, including Red Guitar Respin, Purple Haze Feature, Pick and Click, Crosstown Traffic Free Spins, and Coin Win feature.


Motorhead holds 26th place on the VH1 list of the greatest hard rock artists. Since the band was formed in 1975, they have sold more than fifteen million albums across the globe, which makes them an obvious choice for a slot theme. NetEnt is behind the creation of the rock band’s slot game, which is simply named Motorhead.

The slot features a unique 3-3-4-4-5 grid arrangement that is sat on a black and grey stage. The playtable can hold as many as 200 coins per spin, with each one holding between 0.01 and one credit. A music feature is included as well where punters can turn the Rock Mode on and off at pleasure. Some of the featured hits put on blast in the background are Overkill, Killed by Death, Ace of Spades, and Iron Fist. The game bonuses are pretty impressive as well, and they are as follows:

– Wild – denoted by the golden ace of spades and substitutes other symbols
– Scatter – lands on the third to fifth reel to award ten free spins
– Mystery Reel Feature – one of the reels features mystery symbols that turn into one of the regular icons once the grid stops spinning
– Bomber Feature – activates randomly before any spin and awards a cluster of mystery symbols that can cover as many as ten tiles

Bottom Line

Rock bands are likely to continue featuring as themes in slots and other casino games as a way to relive their legendary work. Those that are currently available in pokies have seen an explosion in their retro hits, even with new generations that did not see the initial song release. The method to this madness continues to benefit everyone involved from the software developer and rock bands to the players.


Roadie 3 Automatic Instrument Tuner

The latest edition of the Roadie automatic tuner is twice as fast as the Roadie 2. 

The small handheld device can tune almost any stringed instrument with geared pegs in a couple of seconds, and can quickly wind new strings to the proper tension before tuning. It also supports alternative tunings, and doubles as a vibrating metronome.

You can pre-order the Roadie 3 automatic instrument tuner HERE on Indiegogo starting at $109.

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Taylor Swift Will Release Surprise Album ‘Folklore’ Friday

While in isolation, Taylor Swift has created a new album and is releasing it Friday.

“Folklore,” the eighth record by Taylor Swift. Swift says the standard edition will include 16 tracks and the album will feature Bon Iver, Aaron Dessner of The National and frequent collaborator Jack Antonoff. 

The pop star made the surprise announcement Thursday on Instagram.

“Most of the things I had planned this summer didn’t end up happening, but there is something I hadn’t planned on that DID happen. And that thing is my 8th studio album, folklore. Surprise,” she wrote. “Tonight at midnight I’ll be releasing my entire brand new album of songs I’ve poured all of my whims, dreams, fears, and musings into. I wrote and recorded this music in isolation.”

“Before this year I probably would’ve overthought when to release this music at the ‘perfect’ time, but the times we’re living in keep reminding me that nothing is guaranteed. My gut is telling me that if you make something you love, you should just put it out into the world. That’s the side of uncertainty I can get on board with,” Swift wrote.

She also said that the music video for the song “Cardigan” will premiere at midnight Eastern.

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LEGO Ideas Grand Piano

Do you have a passion for music? Do you like to relax by focusing on a fun, hands-on project in your free time? If so, this incredible LEGO Ideas Grand Piano model kit is just the creative activity for you.

Beautiful and playable: Feel the pride of building a sophisticated, brick-built version of a concert grand piano that you can actually play music with! Recreate the hammer action of each piano key, the moving pedal and authentic details such as the propped-open top lid and fallboard. Turn on the motor and then you are all set to play wonderful music – select user play on the free LEGO Powered Up app to play the notes yourself or activate auto play and just listen.


– Drum roll please as we proudly introduce the first-ever, playable LEGO Grand Piano! Experience the hands-on pleasure of creating a highly sophisticated LEGO concert piano model and then play beautiful music with it.
– The LEGO Ideas Grand Piano (21323) has a removable 25-key keyboard, authentic hammer action, moving dampers and pedal, and motor. Combined with the LEGO Powered Up app, you can play a tune yourself or automatically.
– Revel in the authentic design details of this beautiful model, from the top lid that can be propped up just like a real grand piano’s, to the opening fallboard and piano leg wheels, plus a height-adjustable bench.
– If you are looking for a creative DIY project, this 3,662-piece model building kit is ideal for you. 
– The piano measures over 8.5” (22.5cm) high, 12” (30.5cm) wide and 13.5” (35.5cm) deep when closed. A stylish item for your home or workplace, it also makes a cool gift for musicians, music-lovers, pianists and hobbyists.
– To power up the grand piano’s self-playing function, you’ll need 6 AAA batteries (not included) and the free LEGO Powered Up app – choose user play to play the notes yourself or auto play to listen to 1 of 4 songs.
– Clear instructions help you to build with confidence and really enjoy the process, even if you are a LEGO newcomer. Also included is a coffee-table-style booklet about this grand piano set’s fan designer and more.

Available directly from LEGO Stores and for $349.99 on August 1.


How To Get A Limited Signed Lithograph of The Rock Bottom Remainders Band

Join the Rock Bottom Remainders supporting the Book Industry Charitable Foundation helping booksellers during the pandemic.

The Rock Bottom Remainders is a band that includes some of today’s most shining literary lights. Members have included: Dave Barry, Tad Bartimus, Roy Blount, Jr., Michael Dorris, Robert Fulghum, Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Matt Groening, Josh Kelly, Stephen King, Barbara Kingsolver, Greil Marcus, Dave Marsh, Ridley Pearson, Joel Selvin, Amy Tan, and others.

The first 50 donations of $750 or more get a limited signed lithograph of the band created by Pulitzer prize winning cartoonist David Horsey and signed by all members of the band.

Click HERE for more information and make a donation.

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The 25 Greatest Movie Bands of All Time

On October 5th, 1991, the Dublin-based soul band known as the Commitments hit their peak position on the Billboard 200 when they cracked the top 10 to secure the number eight spot on the music chart, wedged between Ozzy Osbourne and Bonnie Raitt. The biggest difference between those two legendary artists and the Irish newcomers? The Commitments were a work of pure fiction — at least, they were originally.

Originally created by writer Roddy Doyle for his 1987 novel of the same name, director Alan Parker brought The Commitments to life on August 14th, 1991 — with a cast of (mostly) musicians who had the acting chops to carry a movie. But those R&B road dogs are hardly alone: From Pitch Perfect‘s a capella champions to the punk Irish preteens of Sing Street, the movies are full of amazingly talented musical artists and groups who we only wish existed in real life.

Rolling Stone counted down the 25 most amazing “movie bands” — those fake metalheads, glam divas, bluegrass crooners and underage rock superstars that have graced the screen, and a few cases, the actual stage. 

Some of them ended up touring (big up Jake and Elwood Blues!); others played their final note the minute they heard “That’s a wrap.” But all of them go to 11. 

Check out the list HERE.

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The Go-Go’s To Release First New Single In 20 Years

The Go-Go’s, he iconic all female L.A. punk band, will release their first new recording in nearly 20 years, “Club Zero,” on July 31st on UMe. The band can be seen working on an early version of the song in their new documentary The Go-Go’s, directed by Alison Ellwood (Laurel Canyon, History of the Eagles) which premieres August 1st at 9 pm ET/PT on Showtime. 

Propelled by the spirited, melodic punch we’ve come to expect from the Southern California band, as well as a catchy, call-to-action chorus, “Club Zero” will certainly join the ranks among an esteemed catalog of Go-Go’s classics.

The self-produced track was created via email exchanges amongst band members and recorded at Lucky Recording in S.F. with Co-Producer/Mixer/Engineer Travis Kasperbauer and in Los Angeles with Lead Vocal Recording/Producer Gabe Lopez. As the band’s stance has always been fervent when it comes to relevant issues, the anthemic, punk-infused paean arrives just in time for a world in desperate need of a voice of optimism and change:

“Hey We’ve Got Something To Say
‘Gonna Make The World Shake’
Ready Or Not Here We Are”

A live version of “Club Zero” featured in the he Go-Go’ documentary shows the evolution of the track as the band writes and works out the melody in preparation for their performance at their early stomping grounds The Whisky a Go Go on The Sunset Strip. The documentary directed by Alison Ellwood (Eagles, Laurel Canyon) premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this past January to standing ovations and critical acclaim. With full access to The Go-Go’s, both past and present, this candid archive-rich documentary assesses the group’s place in music history as it focuses on their roots as a formidable contender in L.A.’s late ‘70s punk scene, detailing their rise to the top as they become one of the decade’s most beloved acts as well as an unstoppable force. It also examines the personalities and dynamics behind their rise, fall and numerous reincarnations.   Until this definitive film, there has never been a serious appraisal of and showcase for The Go-Go’s’ talents or achievements – as musicians, groundbreakers, but even more so, as survivors.  

To date, The Go-Go’s have the notable distinction of being the only all-female band to write their own songs and play their own instruments on a #1 album. Formed in 1978, they were a vital part of the early Los Angeles punk scene. Following the release of their debut album in 1981, the landmark multi-platinum Beauty And The Beat, they topped the Billboard 200 chart for six consecutive weeks and received a nomination for Best New Artist at The 24th Annual Grammy Awards. Their 1982 follow-up, Vacation, hit Top Ten on the Billboard 200 and featured the Top Ten title track “Vacation.” Overall, they have sold over 7 million records worldwide and continue to tour with the “classic lineup” from 1981 – Belinda Carlisle (vocals), Jane Wiedlin (guitar), Charlotte Caffey (guitar), Kathy Valentine (bass) and Gina Schock (drums).  More recently, Head Over Heels, a musical featuring the songs of The Go-Go’s, had a successful run on Broadway in July of 2018. 

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Watch Jennifer Hudson In The Respect Teaser Trailer

Following the rise of Aretha Franklin’s career from a child singing in her father’s church’s choir to her international superstardom, Respect is the remarkable true story of the music icon’s journey to find her voice.

Directed by Liesl Tommy, the film stars: Jennifer Hudson as Aretha Franklin, Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald, Marc Maron, Tituss Burgess, Saycon Sengbloh, Hailey Kilgore, Skye Dakota Turner, Tate Donovan, and Mary J. Blige.

Respect will be in theaters in December.

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Prince‘s Remastered Album Sign O’ The Times To Be Reissued On September 25

Prince‘s 1987 album Sign O’ The Times will be reissued by Warner Records in September and amongst the formats are two enormous CD and vinyl super deluxe editions that offer a massive 63 previously unreleased tracks, including 45 studio ‘vault’ tracks. 

The Super Deluxe Edition Box Set is comprised of the following:

CD1 or LP 1- Sign O’ The Times (Remastered)
CD2 or LP 2 – Sign O’ The Times (Remastered)
CD3 or LP 3 & 4 – Singles Mixes / Edits / B-Sides (Remastered)
CD4 or LP 5 & 6 – Vault Tracks (Unreleased)
CD5 or LP 7 & 8 – Vault Tracks (Unreleased)
CD6 or LP 9 & 10 – Vault Tracks (Unreleased)
CD8 or 9 / LPs 11-13 – Live In Utrecht June 20th 1987 (Unreleased)
DVD – Live at Paisley Park December 31st 1987 (Unreleased Sign O’ The Times show ft Miles Davis)

The 45 vault tracks are full of unreleased gems including a 1979 version of ‘I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man‘, two unreleased versions of ‘Strange Relationship‘ (including a Shep Pettibone club remix!), alternate versions of ‘The Ballad of Dorothy Parker‘ and ‘Forever in My Life‘ and a fantastic amount of songs that Prince simply never issued, many of which were destined for three aborted albums conceived in 1986:  The Dream Factory, Camille and Crystal Ball. These songs include ‘Rebirth of the Flesh‘, two completely different versions of ‘Witness 4 the Prosecution‘ and ‘Wonderful Day‘ (again two versions, one of which is a 12-inch remix).

It’s an embarrassment of riches and of course as well as all this unreleased material, the super deluxe editions contain a CD (or two LPs) of all the commercially released seven-inch edits, 12-inch remixes, B-sides, dub mixes and more. Like the album itself these have all been remastered by Bernie Grundman.

The box sets also deliver an entire previously unreleased audio recording of Prince’s Sign O’ The Times tour performance in Utrecht from 20 June 1987 and a DVD (NTSC, region free) with a complete previously unreleased recording of Prince’s benefit performance at Paisley Park, 31 December 1987 (featuring Prince’s only on-stage collaboration with Miles Davis).

Both vinyl and CD boxes are presented in a 12″ x 12″ sets and come with a 120-page hardcover book featuring brand new liner notes from various parties including Lenny Kravitz (who provides a foreword), audio engineer Susan Rogers, Dave Chappelle and Minneapolis music scene commentator Andrea Swensson. There are also detailed notes on the vault tracks by Prince scholar Duane Tudahl and the book also includes previously unseen photos and Prince’s handwritten lyrics.

As well as the two big boxes, 3CD and 4LP packages offer remastered album alongside the single mixes, edits and B-sides while the album-only editions come on limited 2LP peach-coloured vinyl and 2CD. All formats except 2CD and 2LP are ONE TIME ONLY pressings. Once the initial run sells out that’s it! Once the 2LP peach vinyl is gone, it will be replaced with a black vinyl version. Fans will be well aware that the 1999 super deluxe editions are now out of print less than a year after release. The vinyl sets will come with a download code!

Additionally, a special seven-inch singles box set on peach vinyl, with some vault tracks included, is limited to 1987 units and is exclusive to the Prince store and Third Man Records. Sign O’ The Times is  reissued on 25 September 2020 by Warner Music.

Pre-order HERE.

Track Listings:

CD1 / LP1: Remastered Album (Disc 1)

1 Sign O’ The Times
2 Play In The Sunshine
3 Housequake
4 The Ballad Of Dorothy Parker
5 It
6 Starfish And Coffee
7 Slow Love
8 Hot Thing
9 Forever In My Life

CD2 / LP2: Remastered Album (Disc 2)

1 U Got The Look
2 If I Was Your Girlfriend
3 Strange Relationship
4 I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man
5 The Cross
6 It’s Gonna Be A Beautiful Night
7 Adore

CD3 / LP3&4: Single Mixes & Edits

1 Sign O’ The Times (7” single edit)
2 La, La, La, He, He, Hee (7” single edit)
3 La, La, La, He, He, Hee (Highly Explosive) (12” version)
4 If I Was Your Girlfriend (7” single edit)
5 Shockadelica (“If I Was Your Girlfriend” B-side)
6 Shockadelica (12” long version)
7 U Got the Look (Long Look) (12” edit)
8 Housequake (7” edit)
9 Housequake (7 Minutes MoQuake) (12” edit)
10 I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man (Fade 7” edit)
11 Hot Thing (7” single edit)
12 Hot Thing (Extended Remix)
13 Hot Thing (Dub Version)

CD4 / LP5&6: Vault, Part 1

1 I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man (1979 version)
2 Teacher, Teacher (1985 version)
3 All My Dreams
4 Can I Play With U? (featuring Miles Davis)
5 Wonderful Day (original version)
6 Strange Relationship (original version)
7 Visions
8 The Ballad Of Dorothy Parker (with horns)
9 Witness 4 The Prosecution (version 1)
10 Power Fantastic (live in studio)
11 And That Says What?
12 Love And Sex
13 A Place In Heaven (Prince vocal)
14 Colors
15 Crystal Ball (7” mix)
16 Big Tall Wall (version 1)
17 Nevaeh Ni Ecalp A
18 In A Large Room With No Light

All tracks previously unreleased

CD5 / LP7&8: Vault, Part 2

1 Train
2 It Ain’t Over ‘Til The Fat Lady Sings
3 Eggplant (Prince vocal)
4 Everybody Want What They Don’t Got
5 Blanche
6 Soul Psychodelicide
7 The Ball
8 Adonis And Bathsheba
9 Forever In My Life (early vocal studio run-through)
10 Crucial (alternate lyrics)
11 The Cocoa Boys
12 When The Dawn Of The Morning Comes
13 Witness 4 The Prosecution (version 2)
14 It Be’s Like That Sometimes

All tracks previously unreleased

CD6 / LP9&10: Vault, Part 3

1 Emotional Pump
2 Rebirth Of The Flesh (with original outro)
3 Cosmic Day
4 Walkin’ In Glory
5 Wally
6 I Need A Man
7 Promise To Be True
8 Jealous Girl (version 2)
9 There’s Something I Like About Being Your Fool
10 Big Tall Wall (version 2)
11 A Place In Heaven (Lisa vocal)
12 Wonderful Day (12” mix)
13 Strange Relationship (1987 Shep Pettibone Club Mix)

All tracks previously unreleased

CD7&8 / LP11-13: Live In Utrecht – June 20, 1987

1 Intro/Sign O’ The Times
2 Play In The Sunshine
3 Little Red Corvette
4 Housequake
5 Girls & Boys
6 Slow Love
7 Take The “A” Train/Pacemaker/I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man
8 Hot Thing
9 Four
10 If I Was Your Girlfriend
11 Let’s Go Crazy
12 When Doves Cry
13 Purple Rain
14 1999
15 Forever In My Life
16 Kiss
17 The Cross
18 It’s Gonna Be A Beautiful Night

All tracks previously unreleased

DVD: Live At Paisley Park – December 31, 1987

1 Sign O’ The Times
2 Play In The Sunshine
3 Little Red Corvette
4 Erotic City
5 Housequake
6 Slow Love
7 Do Me, Baby
8 Adore
9 I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man
10 What’s Your Name Jam
11 Let’s Pretend We’re Married
12 Delirious
13 Jack U Off
14 Drum Solo
15 Twelve
16 Hot Thing
17 If I Was Your Girlfriend
18 Let’s Go Crazy
19 When Doves Cry
20 Purple Rain
21 1999
22 U Got The Look
23 It’s Gonna Be A Beautiful Night Medley (featuring Miles Davis)

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Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life In Lyrics 

Dolly Parton is exploring the intersection of art and her personal life in a revealing new book, announcing Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics.

Set to be published in November of 2020 by Chronicle Books, the first-of-its-kind visual memoir and annotated songbook will take fans inside 175 of Parton’s best-loved songs, digging deep into her writing and placing it within the context of her private life. According to an official announcement, even the country legend’s legions of dedicated followers will learn some new things, discovering “the personal stories behind the lyrics — in her own words — along with never-before-seen photographs and memorabilia, bringing Dolly’s fans closer to her work than ever before.”

“I’m so thrilled to be collaborating with Chronicle Books on Songteller,” Parton says of the project. “A songteller is what I am, and this is my first-ever book of lyrics. So, I’ve revisited my memories and opened up my archives to share the stories and treasures behind them in a way I never have before. It’s going to be a beautiful book!”

Joined as co-author by respected Nashville historian Robert K. Oermann, pre-orders for Dolly Parton, Songteller are available now at The book lists for $50, and a collector’s edition is also planned in honor of the pop culture icon’s 75th birthday on January 19. 

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