Cash: The Autobiography Paperback – Oct 7 2003
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From Kirkus Reviews
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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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.
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
I liked it, and I'm not even a Johnny Cash fan. I'm a musician and I enjoy reading biographies of musicians. I like his down to earth attitude and writing style.Published 13 months ago by Michael P. Wiseman
This is a good book to read if you are a Cash fan as I am. It gives you an indepth look into his life before, during, and after.Published on May 20 2014 by Susan McLoughlin
Johnny Cash is a legend. That is why he deserves the most wonderful and amazing tribute as one of the greatest legends of our time. Read morePublished on Feb. 2 2005 by Monica
If you like the Man in Black, you'll like this book. That's it, simple as that. It seems almost stream of consciousness in places, like you're on his porch with him and he's just... Read morePublished on March 2 2004
Johnny Cash was timeless. You always remembered where you were when you heard a Johnny Cash song for the first time. Read morePublished on Feb. 28 2004 by Jason A. Miller
Johnny Cash had a profound impact on the American music scene, and much of that was due to his 1990s revival via his four American Recordings albums. Read morePublished on Nov. 3 2003 by Karen A. Decoster
I read this book two years ago, and couldn't put it down. When I reread it following Mr. Cash's death, I still couldn't put it down. Read morePublished on Oct. 14 2003 by Katherine Mason
I bought the book mostly out of curiosity about the "Man in Black" as he was always known to me. Read morePublished on Sept. 27 2003
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