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The Man Called Cash: The Life, Love and Faith of an American Legend Paperback – 1 Jan 2006
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A pill-popping, drunk genius strung out on the twin American dreams of self-destruction and Jesus. Incredible -- NME Best of 2005
An invaluable addition to the writing on this most contradictory of musical titans -- Q
Johnny Cash comes alive in this book, and you will be a better person for having read it -- Billy Graham
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The exclusive authorised biography of the country music singer-songwriter whose battles with drink, drugs and God is the stuff of legend
Foreword by Kris KristoffersonSee all Product description
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Turner, with the help of many of Cash's relatives, friends and colleagues, has produced a real heartwarmer that had me in tears at points. I urge anyone who has a love of music or faith to buy this book or even if you have struggled with the evil of addiction at one time or another.
This book is a rollercoaster ride of Cash's soul and it has made me view the Man in Black in an even higher light!
John R Cash
Cash grew up in Bible belt Arkansas. Formative influences were a dominating drinking father, a godly mother and an elder brother who died young in a tragic accident with a circular saw.
After military service in Europe Cash who maintained a moral life married and soon knew fame as a country singer. Travel away from his wife, adultery and amphetamines led to divorce and nearly to suicide. Returning to faith he studied theology, was ordained, married again and continues at the top of his musical world. I do wonder if Cash had been better integrated into a church that could have nurtured and protected him, he might have ben spared his second round of addiction. But after he was injured by a kick from a pet ostrich drug addiction and alcoholism returned. He nearly lost his family but again Christ was his rescuer from substance abuse, though it took double bypass surgery to get him separated from cigarettes. Riches had not protected him from himself, but his faith now did for the rest of his life even when his beloved wife died .
Cash had revered and feared his dysfunctional father. He never spoke ill of him but his father never praised him until he was famous and never verbally expressed love. Asked in 1979 how he's like to be remembered in 100 years, Cash simply said, 'I'd like to be remembered as a good daddy'.
Bur Cash will be remembered as a great song writer and singer. "Johnny Cash was a saint who preferred the company of sinners," says Bono. Turner tells of him in the company of Elvis, Dylan, McCartney , Jackson and all, but above all as a man who has real faith. Without it he would undoubtedly have died young like Elvis.
A great Christian biography, warts and all from an author who really understands his subject. Now the Man in Black is robed in white.
I recommend: DISCIPLES OF FORTUNE, MY LIFE
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