Different colours: The life, music and politics of country musician Dolly Parton

Multi-award winner Dolly Parton has a new series on Netflix titled: 'Dolly Parton's Heartstrings'.

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Eusebius McKaiser and historian and teacher Dr Vashna Jagarnath reflect on the politics, feminism, activism and music of the musical icon.

When I say Dolly Parton, lots of words come to mind for many people, some people think of her as a dumb blond but some of us love her music.

Eusebius McKaiser, Presenter

Jagarnath says she has always tried to get to grips with Dolly Parton's look and trying to get beyond the look.

One of her favourite things to say is: 'I am not offended by all the dumb blond jokes because I know I am not dumb and I know I am not blond'.

Dr Vashna Jagarnath, Historian and teacher

Dolly Parton presents as someone who is very aware of who she is and the image she has created about herself, Jagarnath adds.

She is very open that it is an image and she says it her costume which she puts on. She does that because she knows who her audience is and she knew the limitations that women had to go through in the country music industry.

Dr Vashna Jagarnath, Historian and teacher

Listen below to the full conversation on the life, music and politics of Dolly Parton:


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