Maxine Brown

The pioneering Country Music star with "The Browns" – Jim Ed, Maxine and Bonnie


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“I found the memoirs to be an incredibly entertaining inside-look at the country music business in the 50s and 60s. The personal recollections of The Browns’ “ups and downs” kept me turning the page, wanting to read more. But the book is so much more than just a story about the group’s journey to pop success. It’s also about Maxine’s personal struggles with her family, her marriage, and dealing with being a mother with a life on the road. Even if you’re not a fan of country music, it’s inspiring to read how she can overcame those obstacles her amazing life. Maxine Brown will be even more famous than Gone With the Wind author Margaret Mitchell!”  Alan Schrack * Producer, CNN Headline News

“To all the young folks out there that think today’s country is special, go buy Maxine’s book and then find a Best of the Browns CD and see what you’re missing. They were just that good!”
-Cashbox Magazine

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“The good times as well as the bad are portrayed in this colorful book by a woman who was a participant in one of the groups that defined trio vocal harmony during country music’s golden era.”
—Eddie Stubbs, WSM DJ and country music scholar

“Fascinating. . . . She’s warm, honest, gossipy, and outrageously funny. . . . Maxine wasn’t just present at the birth of rock ‘n’ roll, she was one of its midwives.”
—Edward Morris, former country music editor of Billboard

“An irreplaceable narrative by a participant in the golden age of country and ‘hillbilly’ music who witnessed and made its history.”
—Charles McGovern, former curator of 20th century popular culture,
Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History

“Here, for the first time, is an inside look at the ‘Golden Age’ of country music from a woman’s perspective. . . . It’s a strong book and a vital book.”
—Charles Wolfe, Cultural Historian at Middle Tennessee State University

“Maxine Brown’s account of The Browns’ career is told in a spunky, no-holds-barred, immensely readable style with plenty of juicy anecdotes. . . . You don’t have to be an admirer of The Browns to enjoy this passionately written biography.”
—Craig Baguley, Country Music People (UK)

“I never considered The Browns to be anything except perfect ambassadors of our music. To me, they were never ‘pop,’ although their ‘works’ were so super that they were accepted in the pop field. Simple as that. The Browns never abandoned country music. Honestly, I have always considered them the perfect ‘country’ unit.”
—Bill Mack, the Midnight Cowboy
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“Ms. Brown’s book proves valuable as a document of a fast-fading era in country music. Money was made, and much was lost. The business was raw, built on the talents of innocents, and it was a beast that sometimes ate its own. ”
—Tom Netherland, Richmond Times-Dispatch

“Kudos to the University of Arkansas Press for publishing this gutsy diary by a member of The Browns singing group, which is still a going concern. She serves up accounts of her group’s run-ins with everyone from Chet Atkins to Elvis Presley to Tom T. Hall. This lady can write, and she’s not afraid to recall looking bad or silly herself. . . .”
—John Mark Eberhart, The Kansas City Star

Looking Back to See is a good book. It touches my heart to hear her story and to think back to my boyhood. Her story is real.”
—Eddy Arnold, member of the Country Music Hall of Fame

“I am happy to have known and worked with this trio and sincerely hope you enjoy the tale. It is told with honesty and humility and in a wonderful American voice.”
—Tom T. Hall, singer and member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame

“The Browns became leading exponents of what was then developing as the ‘Nashville Sound.’ That sound was making musical history and increasing the popularity of country music worldwide. Maxine was right in the middle of it.”
—Ralph Emery

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