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Johnny Cash's American Recordings (33 1/3) Paperback – 30 Jun 2011
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Tost cores the Cash mythology with the reverence it deserves, and in so doing gets to the very logic of reckoning.--Miami Sun Post
In a dynamically sequenced succession of short-burst essays, Tost matches driving, energized prose against the titanic scale of the image that Cash created through his public life and career. Writing about a man who contained multitudes, Tost is a poet in his own right.--Nashville City Paper
Excerpt ran in the Arkansas Times
"It's a terrific, illuminating read that I'd recommend to anyone who loves Johnny Cash, and that record in particular."-No Depression Magazine
Reviewed on Popmatters.comhttp: //www.popmatters.com/pm/review/144651-johnny-cash-american-recordings
Like the best work on Cash, it makes no attempt to disentangle myth from history or biography. Tost is an American mythologist in the vein of Greil Marcus, and there are numerous moments in the book where the reader is put in mind of Marcus writing on Dylan (or Cash for that matter).--Tiny Mix Tapes
"Tost is like a foster son of Greil Marcus, beating his own path into old, weird America through the life of the Man in Black." -Milwaukee Express
Reviewed on Popmatters.com http: //www.popmatters.com/pm/review/144651-johnny-cash-american-recordings
About the Author
Tony Tost is a scholar and poet who lives in Seattle, Washington. His first collection, Invisible Bride, won the Walt Whitman Award; his second, Complex Sleep, won a starred review from Publishers Weekly. He is currently completing his dissertation on American poetry and myth at Duke University.
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The 33 1/3 series is always great and this entry doesn't disappoint!
Imagine reading page after page of sentences, with no paragraph breaks, where each sentence spoke about a different person; a different event; a different inference. Ugh.
No distinguishable melody line or harmony of thoughts in this work, sorry to say.
No, I wouldn't recommend it to anyone, even those who grew up on Cash's music, like I did.
In reference to the song "Let the Train Blow the Whistle", Tost wrote
"Perhaps the song even reveals where Cash believed the reckoning between God and America finally takes place; within the emotional, psychological and spiritual interiors of the republic's citizens, the truly apocalyptic battleground." (Loc. 812)
About the track "Thirteen" he wrote: "On the page, 'Thirteen' is a competent lyrical exercise in dramatic self-pity and generalized menace, nearly a caricature of Cash's persona; it embraces the Man in Black's outlaw mythology without including either the spiritual ache or the knowing wit that were also in his possession."(Loc. 1072)
And I'm still trying to figure out just what the hell Tost was doing with Chapter 21--Permanence (3)...
This series, 33 1/3, has a reputation for unevenness, and I would have to say I hope so. As this is the first I have read, I do hope they can't all be this bad. I don't think Johnny would recognize his work or himself in this book. It gets one star only because I can't give it zero.
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