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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; 1 edition (Oct. 7 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060727535
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060727536
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #68,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A humble, happy look back from the man in black. Johnny Cash answers to many names; he's JR to childhood friends and family, John to bandmates, and Johnny to fans. ``Cash'' is the name wife June Carter reserves for ``the star, the egomaniac.'' The star gets plenty of ink here, from the early days at Sun Records--with Elvis, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis--to his current status as a darling of the alternative rock set. But it's the private man who's most compelling and surprisingly complex. Cash writes candidly of his recurring addiction to amphetamines and his concomitant shortcomings as a father, addresses his spirituality without sounding maudlin, and displays genuine humility at his success and very little bitterness at his abandonment by the country music establishment. A more accurate subtitle might be ``The Second Autobiography,'' since this volume covers some of the same ground as Cash's previous work, The Man in Black (1986), but a life so chock full of oddments (he once started a forest fire with an automobile and on another occasion was nearly disemboweled by an ostrich) and renegade stands (he opposed Vietnam, heresy to the nation's blue- collar constituency) easily merits a second look. Organized around the domiciles where he divides his time--homes in Tennessee, Florida, and Jamaica, as well as his tour bus--the book stays grounded in the present, mixing reflections on his 40-year career with a running chronicle of an ongoing tour. This novel approach minimizes the as-told-to blahs that plague many a celebrity autobiography and highlights Cash's wry humor and introspection. With the help of Carr, editor of Country Music magazine, Cash keeps the pace lively until the end, when the roses he throws everyone from grandkids to music biz buddies bog things down. Mostly, though, a pungent, substantive autobiography from one the most iconoclastic talents on the American music scene. (32 pages b&w photos, not seen) ($200,000 ad/promo; author tour) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


“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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By A Customer on May 31 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Johnny Cash or the "Man in Black" was one of the most influential artists, period. He is the only musician in history to be inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriter's Country Music. His second autobiography gives you an in depth look at his start at Sun Records and being on the road with other legends like Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis, the tragic death of his older brother Jack when Cash was only twelve, and living on Cinnamon Hill in Jamaica.
My favorite thing about Cash's book was the beginning when he talked about his humble beginnings in Arkansas picking cotton with his family, and his spiritual journey which saved him from his addiction to amphetamines early in his career. His autobiography shows you all the sides to the "man in black" good and bad, from his attempt to kill himself to being robbed on Christmas Day on Cinnamon Hill in Jamaica. He was a true artist who didn't stop growing musically even in his last months.
It's unlikely you'll find anything to not like about this book. With his tragic death last year his autobiography is a great way to remember the man in black; it gives you a greater appreciation for what he did for music. When I first began reading this book I didn't know much about his early life or career and soon I couldn't put it down. The book helps give you a better perspective on the man who broke all the rules with no apologies. With the help of Patrick Carr, Cash tells you his story as if he's right there telling it to you personally, intermingling life on the road and the loss of family and friends along the way. Cash's influence on music will be felt by everyone for decades to come.
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Format: Paperback
I was a fan of Johnny Cash's music long before I became a fan of the man behind the deep, stirring voice!
I like country/Western musics and ballads of the type for which Johnny Cash became famous. Most of them are toe-tapping energy boosters, while some of the ballads make me weep. He had a good voice, but more than that he had a good soul and a deep love for humanity.
He was just a common, ordinary, everyday man--a good old country boy--with a strong voice and oodles of charisma ... a man who never forgot his roots. And that's what the public adored in him. That's what I adored in him.
He and his wife, June Carter Cash, were one of the great love stories of the twentieth century. They were "precious" together. She was the best thing that ever happened to him ... and vice versa. It was obvious they were soulmates and very much in love. Sure, they had their ups and downs, but they stuck together through thick and thin.
And when they sang together, it was pure magic. Who could ever forget their recording of "I'm Going to Jackson" and many others. Johnny had numerous unforgettable solos that were just his own, too, like "I'll Walk the LIne," and "A Boy Named Sue." These might not be his biggest hits, but they're the ones that come most readily to mind.
This is a good read, with the great "Man in Black" telling some new stories that fans may not have heard before. As he told the stories, I felt as though he were sitting in my living room. He's that natural!
And the movie about him, starring Joaquin Phoenix, is fantastic. Amazing how the make-up artists made him look so much like our beloved Johnny.
Rest in peace, "old friend." May your music woo the angels.
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Format: Hardcover
Cash was even larger than the life he led.I saw him live several times over his long career .The first time in Montreal with the Statler Brothers in 69;as well as numerous times on TV.The one thing I found was that he remained the same person throughout those years.As much as you thought you knew about him,there was always something new to learn.He was not one to think he was better than someone else.Despite his greatness,he possessed even greater humility ;particularly to his God,his family and to everything around him.This book really shows how much he loved everything;be it his faith,family,June,band members,homes,books,music,fishing,Rover,being on the road and with his fans or even his time alone ;these things meant so much to him,but in the end he always knew everything was temporary and none of all this swallowed him up.He believed ,that as much as he was given in this life,there was much more waiting for him in eternity.It's often said that it must be hard for the rich and famous to die and leave it all behind.Cash would not have subscribed to that thinking.This is why his fans always felt he gave them so much and why they loved him so much.
Cash was one of the icons of the music world,and one of my favorites.I just wish I had the opportunity to thank him in person;but I know what he would have said."You are very welcome,I'm glad you enjoyed it and the pleasure was all mine"
Sure we'll all miss him,we had him for a long time,but he gave us so much and thanks to all his recordings,we still can listen to his songs.The photo on the back of the book,showing him dressed in black,walking away with his guitar,tells it all.He came,he gave it his all,now he's gone.
Thanks,John,we're going to miss you.
I highly recommend this book,no matter how much you know about Cash.Reading it was like a short visit with him.
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