Tracks like "You're Lookin' at Country," "Don't Come Home a Drinkin' (With Lovin' on Your Mind)," "Fist City," "You Ain't Woman Enough" and "One's On The Way" became standards. And the pro-birth-control "The Pill" brought on a firestorm -- banned by radio for being too controversial, but embraced by listeners for its boldness and honesty. Oddly, for an artist who wrote and sang so many strong-woman anthems, her nearly 50-year marriage to Doolittle Lynn was pockmarked by his incessant bouts of drinking, cheating and abuse. Her second volume of memoirs, Still Woman Enough, relates one incident in which he drunkenly smashed more than 100 jars of green beans she'd been painstakingly bottling all day.
Thanks in large part to Sissy Spacek's Oscar-winning performance, the 1980 biopic of her autobiography, Coal Miner's Daughter, made Lynn instantly recognizable even to noncountry fans, and she's still got a large hipster following. Luckily for her, two of these hipsters are Jack and Meg White -- the White Stripes dedicated White Blood Cells to her, and Lynn has even opened several of their shows. What's more, her upcoming record, Vanlear Rose, will be produced by Mr. White (presumably in between bar punch-ups with Detroit musicians) and should give a career spike to the country queen.