John Prine’s first review: When Roger Ebert discovered the singer in 1970
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John Prine performs at the Arie Crown Theatre in 1974. | Sun-Times file

The film critic did a music review on the side to herald “an extraordinary new composer and performer.” The following was published in the Sun-Times on Oct. 9, 1970, and is reprinted with the permission of Chaz Ebert and Rogerebert.com.

While “digesting Reader’s Digest” in a dirty book store, John Prine tells us in one of his songs, a patriotic citizen came across one of those little American flag decals.

He stuck it on...

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