Cash: The Autobiography of Johnny Cash
He was the "Man in Black," a country music legend, and the quintessential American troubadour. He was an icon of rugged individualism who had been to hell and back, telling the tale as never before. In his unforgettable autobiography, Johnny Cash tells the truth about the highs and lows, the struggles and hard-won triumphs, and the people who shaped him.
In his own words,...more
Cash is pretty easy to read, straightforward, honest and informative. His life story is definitely worthy of a book (or two). From very humble beginnings to the top bac ...more
The first part of the book gives us a brief introduction, Cash is in Jamaica writing the start of the book, he then starts the story proper, detailing his early life growing up on his fathers farm picking cotton in the fields, a bereavement that changed his life and his time in Germany with the U.S airforce intercepting Russian comm ...more
This is exactly what it says: Cash by Johnny Cash. It's the Man In Black telling his own story. In his own voice.
He tells you how to pick cotton, the real story of blue suede shoes, what it feels like to dig imaginary spiders out of your own skin, and why he painted the windows on his camper black. Answer: so he could sleep during the day when he was high ...more
This is worth reading for the amazing sentences scattered throughout. The first sentence -- "My line comes down from Queen Ada, the sister of Malcolm IV, descended from King Duff, the first King of Scotland." That is pretty wonderful.
In the extras for one of my favorite films, the director talks about trying to cast a certain character, and how the challenge was wrestling with the fact that the person was born into a fascist state of sorts wit ...more
This was an engrossing read. Johnny pours out his soul. It's his voice all the way through. His vivid descriptions of nature's allure, his recollections of Jamaica and that terrible robbery, Elvis, Jer ...more
"She's the easiest woman in the world for me to live with, I guess because I know her so well, and she knows me so well, ...more
Favorite Quote (paraphrase): “the biggest difference I can see about being on the road today vs. when I started is that now The Colonel has Extra Crispy.”
I've seen and liked the film but this feels more like the real story, not the from birth to death story but a real laying out of 'this is who I am and what ...more
The positives, to start with. Although it has the potential to be confusing, the way the narrative switches between Cash carrying out his present day career obligations and his career at it's height, this works quite nicely, and prevents the drug-induced drama of his downfall becoming too in ...more
There were some captivating stories about his childhood in the country, his brother dying to his addiction with drugs (starting a forest fire and getting in a fight with an ostrich) ...more
What an enjoyable read. What was interesting is that I have always admired Cash's music and familiar with the highlights of his life - even watched the move Walk The Line - This book was a real eye opener.
Right from the start I enjoyed Cash perspective and how he told about his life. I reeally found myself really liking this guy.
So many great stories that he shared and quite a bit about some other ...more
This isn’t an autobiography in the traditional sense of the word – it’s not really linear, and it really is more like a set of stories told around a campfire than the detailed ...more
Cash was known for his deep, distinctive voice, his trademark dark clothing which earned him his nickname, the boom-chick-a-boom or "freight train" sound of his Tenn ...more