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Overview The country singer looks back over his life from his childhood on an Arkansas cotton farm, to his battle with drugs, to his myriad musical successes
The personal story of an American icon – Johnny Cash–in his own words.
He was the "Man in Black," a country music legend, the "quintessential American troubadour." He was an icon of rugged individualism who had been to hell and back, telling the tale as never before. In his unforgettable autobiography, Johnny Cash tells the truth about the highs and lows, the struggles and hard–won triumphs, and the people who shaped him.
In his own words, Cash set the record straight –and dispelled a few myths – as he looked unsparingly at his remarkable life: from the joys of his boyhood in Dyess, Arkansas to superstardom in Nashville, Tennessee, the road of Johnny's life has been anything but smooth. Cash writes of the thrill of playing with Elvis, the comfort of praying with Billy Graham; of his battles with addiction and of the devotion of his wife June; of his gratitude for life, and of his thoughts on what the afterlife may bring. Here, too, are the friends of a lifetime, including Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan, and Kris Kristofferson. As powerful and memorable as one of his classics songs, Cash is filled with the candor, wit, and wisdom of a man who truly "walked the line."
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Studio: Harper Paperbacks
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 4.25" Height: 6.5" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Aug 5, 1998
Publisher Harper Collins Publishers
ISBN 0061013579 ISBN13 9780061013577
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More About Johnny Cash
JOHNNY CASH (1932-2003) was an American icon and country music superstar. He performed everywhere from Folsom State Prison to the White House. In 1980 he became the youngest living person to be chosen for the Country Music Hall of Fame; he was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1977, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992, and the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2010. A recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors as well as the National Medal of Arts, he won nineteen Grammy Awards, four of them posthumously. PAUL MULDOON is the author of twelve collections of verse, including Moy Sand and Gravel, for which he won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. He is Howard G. B. Clark Profes-sor at Princeton University, and between 1999 and 2004 he was Professor of Poetry at Oxford. Since 2007, Muldoon has been poetry editor of The New Yorker. He is a Fellow of the Royal Soci-ety for Literature and of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Johnny Cash lived in Hendersonville, in the state of Tennessee. Johnny Cash was born in 1932 and died in 2003.
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The book is good Mar 29, 2007
I feel like the voice is very Johnny. It is not great literature or anything but it is an enjoyable and insightful read.
Fireside Chats Mar 25, 2007
Johnny Cash's autobiography makes the reader feel like you're in his living room while he tells you his stories. One can picture a blazing fire with Johnny (or JR--he'll tell you) in a comfy chair relating his life and career--to you. Indeed it is so intimate, that each chapter marks a place where he could start by saying, "Did I tell you about the one when...?" Of course he doesn't do that, but the fact that the chapters are sorted more by a stream of thought or a concept makes the lack of chronological order seem more like a plus. Part memoir, part autobiography, and part reflection, '...The Autobiography' is a deeply satisfying read. He shares his faith without proselytizing; he shares his highlights without bragging; and he shares his low times without much sensoring. Johnny Cash provides interesting anecdotes about Elvis, Billy Graham, Carl Perkins, and Bob Dylan--to name but just a few. He's particularly generous about his family. In fact a sizable amount of the sixteen pages of photos are of his family, but the professional ones are key, too. There's a certain amount of class in the way he does it. He doesn't gloss over any strife, but he always gives people their due. Johnny's honest, but he's not vindictive. Relating the tragedies and triumphs on the road, as well as the inroads and motivations for major recordings, make this '...Autobiography' a must read for even the most casual Cash fans (if there is such a thing.)
Farther Along Mar 25, 2007
Reading an autobiography is a chance to learn about an admired person from their own perspective - not what's been filtered through another's eyes, someone else's version of events. Granted, a lot has been said about Johnny Cash - some true, some false - but to read his own thoughts about the life he has led is a treat for any fan of his music, and the man himself.
"Cash" doesn't read like the typical autobiography. It follows no specific chronological order, but reads much more like intimate diary entries as the music legend looks over his past life, reflects on his current days, and ponders what the future may hold for him. At times his reflections are sad, others religious and meditative, others down right laugh-out-loud. At all times, it is an introspection that is fresh and honest, never proud or boastful, but unabashed and candid.
It should come as no surprise that Johnny Cash is a good storyteller; he keeps the reader enthralled from page one, even when he's describing something as seemingly mundane as the landscape around him. Readers may think they know him through his music, or his television show or other venues, but will learn much more about the surprisingly shy man behind the legend while reading his account of his life. "Cash" is a true treasure for anyone who admires the Man in Black.
CASH 'nuff said! Mar 23, 2007
Those were hard times, but the best times then. Johnny came from hard work, dedication and a no quit attitude.*AMERICA* It's true. He is a legend. I loved the book, the come here let me show you something style and the blunt honesty he relates to the reader about not only his life but others in his life. This is not in the book but you might find it interesting. You may have to do some digging around on the internet to find it but early in his career Johnny used to come through Lafayette and Chickamauga Georgia to see a girl. During one of his bad periods while on a lot of drugs my great aunt almost shot him through her front porch screen door late one night when he wouldn't leave (this was one of the times he just went walking-like in the movie Walk the Line when he found his lakehouse). Luckily she had had the gun lying around for a long time and it didn't fire when she pulled the trigger. He got picked up by the sheriff and appologized and said he thought he was at the right house. After he sobered up and got a good talking to by the sheriff he was released. Johnny made good on his promise to help out the area and donated some money to a local high school. There are many reasons why you could like Johnny Cash but for me it's simply because he was just a man and he was not afraid to show it or tell it. Please read the book, you'll enjoy that kind of front porch storytelling.
Sing it don't write it! Mar 7, 2007
Don't get me wrong, I love Johnny Cash's music, especially that album where he helped all those prisoners - many of them murderers - escape from the Hell of their daily routines. But this is yet another book that proves the old adage that musicians should stick to music and leave writing to the writers and autobiographing to the autobiographers. It's an interesting story, but Johnny's already told that story much better through his songs and stage shows.