Item description for Anchored In Love : An Intimate Portrait of June Carter Cash by Cash John Carter...
Overview Presents a life of the country music musician and songwriter, from her childhood performances as part of the Carter family singers to her relationship and marriage to Johnny Cash.
Publishers Description June Carter was born in the rugged mountains of Maces Springs, Virginia, to Ezra and Maybelle Carter, pioneers of country music. On stage from a very young age, June found her niche in the spotlight with her vivacious personality and down-home sense of humor. Her confidence and spirit were what attracted Johnny Cash to her in the late 1950s. On the road together, they quickly bonded. June was his helpmate and closest companion. They were married for forty years, through addiction and success, tragedy and triumph. Anchored in Love is an inside look into the life of June Carter Cash, through the eyes of her only child with Johnny Cash-John Carter Cash. With skillful prose, he reveals new information about the legendary woman through his tender memories and heartwarming stories.
From Publishers Weekly The only son of country legends Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash pens a
heartfelt narrative of his mother's life that nicely combines biography,
autobiography and inspirational guidebook into a fitting tribute to a woman
whose life and career embodied modern country music. Musician and producer
Cash spends the first half of his book reviewing his mom's early days
performing with the legendary Carter Family in 1939, and her later marriage
to Johnny Cash. This story has been notably told before in June's two
autobiographies and Mark Zwonitzer's definitive Will You Miss Me When I'm
Gone?, which Cash dutifully cites, while adding some fascinating stories, such
as a possible more-than-flirtation with the young Elvis Presley and various
aspects of Johnny and June's courtship that he feels "the film Walk the Line
lacked." But the book really begins to soar in its second half. Cash
unflinchingly details the addictions that beset himself and many of his
sisters-as well as June and Johnny's addictions late in their lives-while
lovingly showing how throughout this time, and until her death in 2003, June's
"unshakable" religious faith infused her life and helped inspire her children
to continue the legacy of "her family's music and its strong work ethic."
(June) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Citations And Professional Reviews Anchored In Love : An Intimate Portrait of June Carter Cash by Cash John Carter has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Publishers Weekly - 05/07/2007 page 55
People Weekly - 06/25/2007 page 59
Library Journal - 05/15/2007
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 6.5" Height: 9.75" Weight: 1 lbs.
Release Date Jun 5, 2007
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 0849901871 ISBN13 9780849901874 UPC 023755027382
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More About Cash John Carter
John Carter Cash is a five-time Grammy Award-winning music producer and author of Daddy Loves His Little Girl, Momma Loves Her Little Son, and Anchored in Love: An Intimate Portrait of June Carter Cash. He is the only child of June Carter and Johnny Cash. He lives with his wife and children in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Scott Nash is an award-winning illustrator of the Flat Stanley series as well as Catch That Baby!, Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp, and The Bugliest Bug. He lives in Maine, and you can visit him online at scottnash.com.
Reviews - What do customers think about Anchored In Love : An Intimate Portrait of June Carter Cash?
Anchored In Love Jan 21, 2010
I enjoyed learning more about Maybelle, Ezra and the whole extended Carter family. The love John Carter Cash has for his mother, June, is evident throughout the book. It is also obvious he had a lot of issues with his parents. I'm sure it was very cathartic for him to write this. But I take issue with John's claim that his mother abused drugs later in life. This accusation casts such a dark shadow on June's memory. Who is left to argue with him? At the time he found his mother in her dressing room (lying on the floor, fully dressed with her eyes closed "meditating") she was in her late 60's. A middle-aged woman, getting ready to perform in spite of chronic back pain, arthritis and painful legs. And he was surprised to find her lying down and using pain medication? She was probably tired and her back hurt! Maybe the reason Johnny Cash never confronted June; or that she refused to "admit" she was addicted, was because it just wasn't true! Sometimes prescription pain medication is actually used for the purpose it was intended...for pain. Her not being as mentally sharp as when she was younger, doesn't prove she had a drug problem. She "never got angry, fell down, or picked a fight with her loved ones when she was under the influence of narcotics." But "she simply stopped speaking in full sentences and went off into her own world." John was 27 years old, recently out of drug rehab and frustrated by his mother's "emotional abandonment" of him at the time. It is quite possible, John's own chronic drug use, distorted his perception of what really happened. I see June as an aging, emotionally exhausted wife, mother and entertainer, coping as best she could. And since she's not here to defend herself, I'm giving her the benefit of the doubt.
According to John, his mother was thin until the last two years of her life. Then, due to her love of cheesecake, she became very overweight. She was so heavy they "couldn't" use any of the pictures they took of her with her beloved flowers for her CD cover. Was it really necessary for him to say that about his mother? His dad, Johnny Cash, was quite heavy near the end of his life, but nothing was mentioned about his weight. John also attributes his mother's heart disease to her overindulgence of cheesecake. I doubt very much that it was, DEATH, BY CHEESECAKE! More likely, what shortened June's life was the unrelenting stress she endured over the last three decades of her life. With her mother, father and sisters all gone, June Carter Cash was left with a sporadically addicted, chronically ill husband and a handful of spoiled, addicted adult children. Besides her faith and her music, food was probably a great comfort and solace to her. June, I'm glad you enjoyed your cheesecake, have another piece on me!
Be prepared Jul 19, 2009
June's picture is on the cover which might lead you to believe that the book is just about her. The book is about the whole family. It was written by June and Johnny's son John Carter. You must know before you read it that it involves things about June that many many fans do not want to hear.
Johnny was always open and honest about his life and troubles but not June. Many people are very upset with John Carter. You learn that June was as much an addict as Johnny. She had many troubles in her life. But even after hearing this I hope you will feel as I do that IT DOES NOT MATTER...YOU STILL LOVE HER ANYWAY. Nothing changes.
John Jr tells of his teen years, stays in rehab and getting straight. He tells of the death of his sister Rosey. June spoiled her family and no one ever had to do anything for themselves. He tells you about his marriage and his children. He tells about his parents death. Some parts are sad. But thru it all you know that he was ANCHORED IN LOVE.
It is a good book and I enjoyed it. Don't be to mad at him. It is a what I call a keeper and a re-read.
June 6/23/29---5/15/03 Johnny Cash 2/26/32---9/12/03 Rosey 7/13/58--10/24/03
Disappointed in You, John Carter Apr 29, 2009
I was so excited to get this book. I wanted to know the love of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash. Instead, I was so terribly hurt and embarrassed for June and the facts of her life that were better kept secret...but instead sold for money. Everybody knew Johnny Cash had a drug problem. Nobody needed to know that June did, although she was elderly and trusted that it would be kept in the family forever, I'm sure. The book began with a useless, uninteresting history lesson that had to be included, otherwise the entire book would have been one sentence, "Mom was a junkie, too." Disappointing, useless book.
Speaking the truth in love Mar 3, 2009
I'm surprised that there weren't more reviews for this amazing grace of a book. John Carter Cash honored his parents by speaking the truth in love and relating precious - and painful - memories. I've admired June Carter Cash for years, but even more so after seeing so many close-up and complex sides to this lovely lady. John inherited his parents' gift for storytelling and used it to bravely share his mother with the world. This book is undoubtedly a tear-jerker (a good thing) and one of the finest I have ever read in my life.
Cash, son book Jan 19, 2009
This was a book I could not put down. John Carter Cash was honest, but remained respectful of both parents. He told a story that was real, even at times when the times were dark!