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Cash: The Autobiography Paperback – 1 Oct 2003

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; unknown edition (Oct. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060727535
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060727536
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,677,696 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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"

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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.”'
'BILLY GRAHAM'

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By A Customer on 23 Jun. 2001
Format: Paperback
Autobiographies of celebrities can very easily fall into the pit of self praise and name dropping. Cash has none of this. We see a man who is free enough to present himself with all his difficulties, all his struggles. His story appears almost too difficult to tolerate at times, but ultimately there is light and hope, through family, recovery and love. I defy anybody to read it without shedding a tear. When Johnny tells us at the end that life had become "very moving indeed", we feel that we really have seen into the heart of a man who has struggeled, who has come close to the edge, but who has hope to offer. And ultimately it is that hope that shines through. Hope and gratitude. This is a very fine book indeed, not just a chronical of the events of a life, but the story of a soul. Well worth the effort.
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Indispensible for all Cash fans, this is a wonderfully evocative reflection on his remarkable career. Unconventional, as you'd expect of the man - rather than a straightforward narrative, he explores his life through a series of reflective impressions, and non-linear tales crossing the years.
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.
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I read this book on holiday last week and thought it was great. It was a truthful, thought provoking book by someone who is not a professional author but gave it a jolly good shot. His stories of drug addiction and the destruction it causes seemed very real, as did his genuine love for June.

I really enjoyed this book and having read about 20 autobiographies, will be reading this one again definately.
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It's not usual that a biography of a musician is written by the actual person, which makes this book by Cash all the more poignant, especially since his death.
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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By A Customer on 18 Jun. 1999
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This book is an inspiration and it reads like a prayer for mankind, for Johnny Cash and for music. The prose washed over me and made me feel so calm and peaceful. He never has a bad word to say about anybody (which admittedly can get a bit tiresome at points) and every negative in his life is turned round into a positive. It moves at a loving conversational pace and has great humour and wit as well as touching insights. It is impossible to read without feeling great respect for JC as a man, a musician and as a spiritual being. In short, it has soul.
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By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Nov. 2006
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This is one of the most enjoyable autobiographies I've ever read, and I've read a lot. Johnny Cash's style is very conversational and you really feel as if he is talking just to you as you read. He lets you into some really personal moments in his life that you don't tend to see in others biogs (such as his personal prayers and meditations), as well as describing his friendships, growing up and various addictions. You really get a feel for the man from this book and it comes highly recommended.

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Having only been fully introduced to the musical genius of Johnny Cash since his death, I was eager to explore the man in more depth.

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.
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A "must-read" for Cash fans...but maybe not for everyone else! I'm a fan of his music and I wanted to read this book after watching the film Walk the Line (This book was the main inspiration for the film).
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.
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