When: Tue., Sept. 6, 6-7 p.m. 2011
There’s a line that’s popular in the Nashville music community, used to rib friends who brag about their brushes with celebrity: “Bob Dylan told me never to name-drop.” That jab was the first thing that came to mind when I saw the title of Not About Madonna: My Little Pre-Icon Roommate and Other Memoirs, a new book by Nashville dancer, choreographer and singer-songwriter Whit Hill. But as Hill explains in her intro, the title isn’t a vain attempt to pretend she’s not trading on her former college roommate’s celebrity status — it’s a warning that if you’re looking for salacious details about Madonna’s early years, you’d better look elsewhere or you might be disappointed. Hill’s book is more a reflection on family, college life, friendship and the insecurities and competitiveness that come with being a dancer. Her prose is intelligent but casual, blending personal insight with self-deprecating humor. Don’t get us wrong: From the excerpts we’ve read, there’s plenty of Madonna in there, but only as the pop star fits into Hill’s personal experiences and development. To celebrate the release, Hill will host a “book concert,” featuring music, pizza, reading, signing and more.