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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  John Prine  

Pen Name: 

Genre: Poetry

Audience: Adult;

Born: October 10, 1946 in Maywood, Illinois

Died: April 7. 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee

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Illinois Connection

Prine was born and raised in Maywood.

Biographical and Professional Information

John Prine was a pillar of American folk music for over 50 years. His storytelling song style is loved by millions for its honest charm, insight and wit.


Special Honors

Grammy Award - Best Contemporary Folk Album - The Missing Years , Recording Academy, 1991

Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting, Americana Music Association, 2003

Grammy Award - Best Contemporary Folk Album - Fair & Square , Recording Academy, 2005

Artist of the Year, Americana Music Association, 2005

First singer-songwriter to read and perform at the Library of Congress, 2005

PEN New England Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence Award, 2016

Artist of the Year, Americana Music Association, 2017

Artist of the Year, Americana Music Association, 2018

Song of the Year - Summer's End , Americana Music Association, 2019

Album of the Year - The Tree of Forgiveness , Americana Music Association, 2019

Songwriters Hall of Fame, 2019

Grammy Award - Lifetime Achievement Award, Recording Academy, 2020

First Honorary Poet Laureate of Illinois, 2020

Selected Titles At Your Library

John Prine
ISBN: 0769205232. OCLC Number: 25100017

Walden Music/Sour Grapes Music ;. .

John Prine - Guitar Songbook: 15 Songs Transcribed in Standard Notation & Tab
ISBN: 1540021971. OCLC Number: 1074376387

Hal Leonard. .

John Prine Beyond Words
ISBN: 0692740163. OCLC Number: 988750220

Oh Boy Records. .

John Prine curates a selection of his best loved songs. Over 100 photographs from John Prine's personal collection. Copies of hand-written lyrics showing how the songs evolved. Commentary from John about the songs and photographs. Lyrics and guitar chords for over 60 classic John Prine songs.