Country Music Hall of Fame


Book Talk: Beyond Words with John Prine

Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 02:00pm

​“If God’s got a favorite songwriter, I think it’s John Prine,” said Country Music Hall of Fame member Kris Kristofferson, whose early 1970s discovery of Prine in a Chicago tavern helped catapult the former mailman into the national consciousness. Oh Boy Records has just released Beyond Words, a songbook featuring lyrics with guitar chords, stories, handwritten song drafts, and more than one humdred photographs from Prine’s personal collection. Prine, who in 2016 received the prestigious PEN New England’s Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence Award, will come to the museum’s Ford Theater for a conversation with Peter Cooper about songs and songwriting. The event will provide a rare window into the process and personality of a writer who became a favorite of luminaries including Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Merle Haggard, Jason Isbell, Stephen King, and Roger Waters.

This program, presented in support of the exhibit American Currents: The Music of 2016, takes place in the Museum's Ford Theater and will also be streamed live at The live stream is powered by NewTek TriCaster.


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