Lydia Hamessley

Professor of Music Lydia Hamessley was recently featured in Biography: Dolly Parton, a 90-minute documentary that aired earlier this month on A&E.

The film, by BAFTA award-winning producer and director Francis Whately, included interviews with Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Linda Perry, and a number of musicians who have worked with Parton over the years.

This in-depth look at Parton’s songwriting career originally aired last year in the U.K. on BBC Two and worldwide on Netflix under the title Dolly Parton: Here I Am.

Hamessley, who traveled to Nashville to do the interview, spoke throughout the documentary about Parton’s career and several of her songs, including “The Bridge,” “The Grass Is Blue,” and “Jolene.”

Hamessley’s forthcoming book, Unlikely Angel: The Songs of Dolly Parton, is expected to be published by the University of Illinois Press in October. 

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