Cash: The Autobiography Paperback – 1 Oct 2003
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"Cash has always been cool." -- --Country Music magazine
"Insightful, relaxed, and conversational. . . . The stories sing."--New York Times
"Engaging. . . . Written with honesty and spiritual insight. . . . Cash's stories shine."--Chicago Sun-Times
"Cash has always been cool."----Country Music magazine
Engaging. . . . Written with honesty and spiritual insight. . . . Cash s stories shine. --Chicago Sun-Times"
Insightful, relaxed, and conversational. . . . The stories sing. --New York Times"
Cash has always been cool. ----Country Music magazine"
From the Back Cover
Country music legend Johnny Cash reveals the pain and turmoil of his remarkable personal life in this fascinating autobiography. He is the ‘Man in Black’ – an icon of rugged individualism whose own dramatic story resonates in his music. Cash recounts the tragedies and triumphs, the struggles and hard-won victories that have carved his life.
Cash’s extraordinary career spans four decades and a variety of musical styles, including country, folk, gospel and rock. In this book he tells of his life- long friends including Willie Nelson, Roy Orison, Bob Dylan – and Dr Billy Graham, who inspired Cash’s Christian faith.
In his own words, Cash reflects on the mosaic of his life with honesty, humility and humour. He tells of his childhood on the e cotton farm; his exceptional thirty-year marriage; his family; the beginnings of his musical career; his life on the road; the years of addiction to amphetamines and pain-killers; his attempted suicide and the profound, life-saving spiritual awakening that pulled him through.
'“I’ve never met a man who combined spiritual depth, musical ability and international fame with such grace, charm and humility as Johnny.”'
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Top Customer Reviews
What we are left with is a deeply moving, even inspiring, portrait of this humble, uniquely gifted artist. A fine memorial to a great musician and wonderful human being.
I really enjoyed this book and having read about 20 autobiographies, will be reading this one again definately.
It's a riveting read that really puts you into the mind of the legend himself. You can really understand the man and what makes him tick by reading this book.
But because it writes about his thinking, the book can waffle on a bit. Cash sometimes gets sidetracked in his writing, goes off on a tangent before coming back to the previous story, and when the incidents take place is not always clear at what point of his life they took place.
But overlook that, and instead, this is a great book with plenty of stories - sad, funny, life affirming, Cash has plenty to say, opinions to reveal and tales to tell.
You won't get bored once, and he had a fascinating life. The fact that he had plans for his future, that he never got around to doing, make this book incredibly personal and nostalgic.
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This autobiography is more than I could have hoped for. Containing tales of hope, struggle, ambition, self-destruction and redemption, Cash articulates his life reflectively, revealing his opinions and beliefs in a prose that ties the present to the past. He talks fondly of family and colleagues, presenting a humility and honesty that resonates to the reader.
In particular, I found the stories of Cash's drug addiction intriguing, dark and astonishing at the same time. The drug-induced incidents he describes are articulated with amazing clarity...sometimes in direct contrast to events which can be considered non-essential to the overall picture.
By the end of the book, my impression of Cash is of someone who has found contentment in religion and family, and is riding the wave of new-found popularity in his career. The gratitude Cash feels for this contentment is clear, and ultimately provides the book with a humility characteristic of the man.
I feel like there's alot of lists of names, either people he worked with or just generally liked, and a bit too much religion. I'm not religious and I have no issue with people who are, but there's quite a bit of theological discussion and talk of praying and the saints. This just doesn't interest me when I'm reading a book about Johnny Cash!
It's a very candid and personal reflection about his life, even the addictions and the dark side of things. I enojoyed reading about his life growing up in the cotton fields and he clearly loves his wife and extended family. It's soothing to think that a guy who had so much darkness in his life, was able to reflect on it all with a calm mind.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Its fascinating story of johnny cashs life well worth the read.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent read ,You will not find a better book, About the man and his life, and music.
I like the feel of a paper book, Also in Hardback.
Great read, interesting and insightful into the man in black and his life in and out of his musical career.Published 7 months ago by Russell
I love this book ,I have just started to read it and it has had me in stitches laughing ,the pages that I have read so far are very humorous,and Johnny cash's sense of humour most... Read morePublished 7 months ago by valerie