Cash : die Autobiographie
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Cash : die Autobiographie

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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,

Published (first published 1997)
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I usually find entertainer biographies sort of boring. I rarely read them, or if I do pick one up, it’s unlikely I’ll even finish it. That proved not to be the case with Johnny Cash’s autobiography, Cash. I’m guessing the book was probably organized and written by Patrick Carr, with Cash supplying the tapes. But Carr stays out of the way, and from page 1, it’s Cash’s voice that you hear. What a life! A lot of it I already knew, the drugs, the music, June Carter. And some I didn’t (a near fatal e...more
Tessa Rose
In the movie High Fidelity, the main character is talking about the well-known books he has read and then concludes with, "But I have to say my all time favorite book is Johnny Cash's autobiography, Cash by Johnny Cash." This line in this movie is the sole reason I first decided to read this book. It captured me almost immediately as Cash describes growing up poor in the South and picking cotton. His life story is incredible and told with all the beauty and lyrical language that made him a great...more
Johnny Cash is perceptive, genuine, candid, and driven in his writing. He lived some CRAZY stories. Drugs, travel, concerts, near death experiences, family, and redemption woven through it all. Despite the fact that this man was plenty wealthy throughout his career, he seemed to always stay focused on what mattered and kept his heart and head level. He owned several homes but at the end of the day cherished walking barefoot at his farmhouse in Tennessee, sitting on the porch in the quiet evening...more
May 14, 2009 El rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to El by: The movie, High Fidelity.
The thing about a lot of memoirs written by celebrities in their later years is that they're given a lot of leeway to... ramble. Johnny Cash was no exception, and let's be honest - it's Johnny Cash. Who in their right mind would tell him, "Hey, why don't you reign it in a little, huh buddy?" That was never going to happen. So Cash wrote about his life, and sometimes it made sense and sometimes it made something a little shy of sense, but it's still his memoir. And he deserved the chance to tell...more
Basically this book is about as close as you’ll get to sitting on the back deck of Johnny Cash’s house at 8:00 in the morning, drinking a cup of coffee and hearing him tell a bunch of stories. The book is not chronological, and it doesn’t even fit into any logical order. But, somehow the stories all connect to one another and give the book this perfect flow. It’s like when he finishes telling one story that will somehow remind him of something else so he just starts talking about that for a whil...more
Rowland Bismark
Ever since the character played by John Cusak in the movie High Fidelity listed "Cash by Johnny Cash" as his number one book I knew I would have to read it. I sure didn't hurt that I loved this movie a whole lot. The book proved not to be my number one favorite but certainly was an eye opener and a fast fun book in many respects.

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
It's an understatement to say that Johnny Cash had a well lived in life. He was a mad dog, music star, son of a gun but also a down to earth, spiritual, deep thinker.

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
Adam Siegel
This isnt one of those ghostwritten autobiographies. Neither is it some crazy tell all, get the skeletons out of the closet, woe is me story.

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
If "Walk The Line" had followed this book more closely, it wouldn't have been such a tremendous cinematic failure. Of course, I don't mean success-wise. That sentimental cheese-fest did just fine at the box office and the Academy. But The Man In Black, good Christian though he was, was also one of the biggest rebels in rock and roll history. "Walk the Line" made him look like such a pussy.
D.J. O'Donnell
Ostrich wounds and flying hospitals. 'Nuff said.
A brilliant story of a brilliant man.
Would give it three and a half if that was an option.

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
Matthew Richmond
Ever since I watched The Band's Levon Helm describe in Martin Scorsese's classic 'The Last Waltz' with such effervescence and longing about Cotton Country, Memphis and the Melting Pot, I wanted to know more about what he was talking about. Then I remembered, Johnny Cash lived in the Cotton fields.

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
I asked Jaime if it was right to listen to pop country while finishing Cash by Cash, and then J.R lobbed a compliment to Trisha Yearwood on the last page....which is exactly how generous this book is. 4 stars when he's talking about the things he loves (June, old friends, homes, faith, Nickajack Cave, pills, Dolly Parton, study) or regrets (Vivian, absence, addiction).

On June:

"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
Given the hype surrounding Johnny Cash for the previous 7 or 8 years, I had sort of reached a saturation point, where I just didn't need any more. I had loved his music for a long time, appreciated the man and the voice he had, but didn't need much else. Someone bought me this for Christmas, and it was one of the most moving things I had ever read. He is honest, humble, and most importantly, contemplative about his life and what it means. It changed dramatically the way I felt and thought about...more
At first, the book seems to be loaded with name dropping and seems to have the purpose of giving credit to those who inspired Cash; though this may be interesting to some, I only wanted to learn about Cash himself. However, the anecdotes that Cash tells are very rich and informational, giving deep insight into his life and how he views the world. But if I wanted to read about how Elvis performed and what kind of personality Jerry Lee Lewis had, I would read their autobiographies. I think Cash, w...more
I'm not generally a big autobiography/biography fan but I do like Johnny Cash and so picked this up on a bit of a whim at a market stall at the weekend. I've really enjoyed reading this and got to the end in just a few days as I wanted to keep reading. I loved the episodic way of writing, as if Johnny was just chatting and telling old stories.

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
Although a dislike of the central characters isn't necessarily a bar to enjoying the book, I found my distaste for Cash to do that here. His attitude also made me doubt the veracity of everything in the book.

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
Colby Beckstead
This book will be my own story- what I feel, what I love, as I remember it... If my life has anything to say I'll say it here"- Johnny Cash. This autobiography told the untold tales of the Man in Black, a country legend. It tells the story from when Johnny was young and growing up in Arkansas, his rise to fame, and his later life. It spoke of the struggles of his faith and drug addiction. The writing of this book, sounded just like he was telling a story, with all his own voice. Unlike many othe...more
Matt Chic
Sep 16, 2007 Matt Chic rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who only saw 'i walk the line'
probably the best book i ever read. better than the bible, and i've never even read that! plus, and not that it's preachy, i almost believe in god after reading this. take that bible (which i've never even read)!!
Rachel Khona
Call me a faux fan, but like many people I became fascinated with Johnny Cash's story after watching "Walk the Line." Or more accurately I became fascinated with the love story between Johnny and June. So I purchased the book thinking it would talk about their romance in depth. But June encompassed all of 10 pages interspersed throughout the book. Major disappointment and also made me question how much of the movie was accurate. Upon reading the book I realized June was actually quite the enable...more
Great book. Only for the true Johnny Cash fans? NO! It's a great book! I personally love Johnny Cash so this is a great book to me!
Learned a couple things: Shel Silverstein wrote 'A Boy Named Sue' and Cash doesn't really know Willie Nelson all that well.
Renato Thibes
A sensação de estar na varanda de uma fazenda com seu avô te contando causos da vida dele.
This is the story of Johnny Cash as you’ve never heard it before, the story of the man in black from his own lips – it turns out that Cash isn’t just a songwriter, he’s an accomplished novelist and autobiographer in his own right, and this is his second book of autobiographical stories, a fascinating insight in to his mind.

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
Liz Austin
This is Cash's best autobiography and the more personal one. This is by far one of my favorite autobiographies/biographies! Johnny Cash was a very interesting, fascinating, and complex man. I've always been a huge fan of his. I love reading his thoughts on certain topics in this book. He's a very philosophical man, and I think that's one of the things that has drawn me to him. He is very intelligent and has experienced a lot. This is definitely a must read for any Cash fan. If you only read one...more
Do you like Johnny Cash? Okay, then you'll probably like this book.

Written with his startling sparse honesty, Cash is the biography largely focusing on his later years. Man in Black, if I understand it correctly more strongly focuses upon his younger years, addiction, and wooing of June. Man in White focuses upon his rebirth into Christianity. Cash, on the other hand, is just about how he views life and deals with things.

I like Johnny Cash, but I don't really know a lot about him. I came away fr...more
Justin de la Cruz
As a musician and songwriter, I like to read about other musicians and songwriters. I guess I figure I might pick up on some things, some trade secrets, or get-rich/famous-quick tips. So far, though, I've only learned that any musician that has 'made it' has simply put an unending amount of time and energy into their work.

Cash was no different. He writes a lot about being on the road, and he makes it clear that he didn't stop touring just to write a book. He toured for over 40 years before healt...more
John Parker
“Cash: The Autobiography” is a comfortable read that recalls much of the early life of the iconic music maker. Often related from the comforts of his many houses, the warmth and sincerity of a lifetime on the road lends an air honesty and peace with the man who has been everywhere.

The paperback, released along with the motion picture “I Walk the Line,” provides a tapestry that is layers deep. John’s voice, along with that of Patrick Carr is simple and honestly reflective. A lifetime of cyclic su...more
I have to admit that it did cross my mind that I have now read all the books mentioned as good reads in "High Fidelity". Just saying. Cash by Johnny Cash is the second best auto-biography I ever read compared to Malcolm X's. The writing style sounds exactly like him talking. There is a stream of consciousness that really makes you feel like you are on a fishing trip with him.

I have always loved in interviews when the subject is asked about their influences. To learn what/who has affected someon...more
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Johnny Cash, born J. R. Cash, also known as "The Man in Black", was a multiple Grammy Award-winning American country singer-songwriter. Cash is widely considered to be one of the most influential American musicians of the 20th century.

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
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