Documentary: John Prine on Creativity

“Prine’s stuff is pure Proustian existentialism. Midwestern mind trips to the nth degree. And he writes beautiful songs. I remember when Kris Kristofferson first brought him on the scene. All that stuff about Sam Stone the soldier junkie daddy and Donald and Lydia, where people make love from 10 miles away. Nobody but Prine could write like that. If I had to pick one song of his, it might be ‘Lake Marie.’ I don’t remember what album that’s on.”
– Bob Dylan

“Prine has always appealed to me,I can remember first hearing him, playing his records late at night and thinking that he was writing about everyday life, people like us.”
– Mike Leonard (director)

John Prine was one of three  subjects of a 30-minute documentary aired twice on WTTW-Ch. 11. The other two are Elena patterson (painter) and an innovative social program.  It was made by Mike Leonard, the former and distinctive “Today” show correspondent. We found the documentary online ( and it’s well worth a watch. The John Prine segment starts at  about 10 minutes in,  but it is all interesting, so see the whole program.

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John Prine on Creativity, documentary (30 min.):

NASHVILLE, TN - 1981: Singer/songwriter John Prine poses in his hotel room during a 1981 Nashville, Tennessee, portrait photo session. Though he has written hit songs for other singers, Prine won his first Grammy in 1991 for the album "The Missing Years." (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** John Prine
(Photo by George Rose)

– Hallgeir