I just couldn't put this down. I have always been a big fan of Johnny Cash and this biography is so compelling. This could be called a biography of JoI just couldn't put this down. I have always been a big fan of Johnny Cash and this biography is so compelling. This could be called a biography of Johnny Cash's music with the facts about his life providing the thread that holds it together, especially near the end of his life. Taken together, it is an amazing story of one man's dedication to telling the American story in song. Johnny Cash was similar to Woody Guthrie in the way that he chronicled the lives of ordinary people, especially the poor and disenfranchised. He forged his music out of deep poverty and a sense of rejection from his father that he could never get over. In Cash's own biography, he talks of his brother Jack's death and how his father let him know that the wrong son died. Whatever J.R. did, it would never replace Jack and I think that is what gave Johnny the affinity with people who started out life with two strikes against them.
The book also chronicles Johnny's addiction to pills that were fueled by the grueling pace that those early performers met as they tried to climb to the top. What faced these artists made me tired just reading about their schedule. Prescription medicines seemed to be a way to keep up, but they came with a high cost. Hilburn doesn't pass any judgment about the abuses associated with this life, and that just makes it easier to understand. Johnny Cash was a complicated man and this book goes a long way towards unraveling some of his motivations.
The strongest part of this book was the last few chapters. Johnny's health was failing and he had become obsolete in the eyes of Columbia Reconds. He had heavy debts and he was forced to perform and record albums to keep up with them. He also had a lot more to say in his songs, but he lacked direction. Rick Rubin came into his life from a different direction and he saw Johnny as a unique voice that needed to be heard. He listened to a lifetime of Cash's recordings and came to see him as one of the greatest artists of our time. Somehow he was able to build up Cash's confidence and led him back into music that was right for him. With infinite patience, he helped Cash record songs that spoke to a new generation of fans as well as the old ones.
In a fit of insomnia, I listened to this book in audio form and flipped back and forth between Youtube and the book. The musical journey was amazing, but the last songs Johnny wrote or recorded from other artists were a gift to prosperity. No one will ever be able to do what he has done. When I heard him do "Hurt" years ago, I thought it was the most powerful and compelling a song as I have ever heard. After reading what lead up to it, I found I couldn't keep the tears from coming. Even if a person isn't a fan of country music or Johnny Cash, the is a powerful story of a man and the soul of a people.
I enjoyed reading the recipes for many of the dishes I have seen mentioned in books and movies and had no idea what they contained. I always wonderedI enjoyed reading the recipes for many of the dishes I have seen mentioned in books and movies and had no idea what they contained. I always wondered about "Steak and Kidney Pie," "Haggis" or "Kippers." People are always eating them in books I read. They never sounded good to me and after reading the recipe, I'll give them a pass! There are others though that I found interesting. I'm glad to read that "Pumpkin Juice" has apple juice, grape juice and pineapple juice in it. I couldn't imagine how just plain pumpkin juice would taste. Along with the recipes, there is information about food and traditions which makes the book worthwhile to read even if you don't want to cook anything....more
This is a great book! There are a lot of projects for bags with a professional look. The instructions are clear and there are a number of close photogThis is a great book! There are a lot of projects for bags with a professional look. The instructions are clear and there are a number of close photographs. There are also a number of very small bags that are very clever....more
This was an excellent summary of the different kinds of heroes and legends that are found in literature, including contemporary novels. The first partThis was an excellent summary of the different kinds of heroes and legends that are found in literature, including contemporary novels. The first part which deals with literature such as The Odyssey, Beowulf, and other early legends. I studied them in college, but I have forgotten a lot of those stories and I got a little lost. However, after about the 5th book the series became much more interesting. Dr. Shippey detailed heroes in just about every era and it was extremely interesting to peel back the layers of story to reach the basic hero story. The last lecture was about Harry Potter and it summed up a lot of my own feelings about Rowling's books and why they have had such a wide appeal to readers of every age.
Aside from being interesting, this series is great for listening to. It is broken up into 30-minute lectures which provide a synopsis of each book. If you need a synopsis of one of the books mentioned it is easy to listen to just the section you want....more
This book was outstanding! It is the best of any I have read about Manson and the best about the whole 60's movement. While I was working for the DeptThis book was outstanding! It is the best of any I have read about Manson and the best about the whole 60's movement. While I was working for the Dept. of Corrections, I read Manson's file, so I had a special interest in his life. This book gives the best summary of the evil in this man. It relates his early life and all of the chances he was given. He was one of those children who seem to have been born with a personality defect which puts them at odds with everyone they come in contact with.
I worked as a teacher with the Dept of Corrections and I have seen some kids come through the system who are never going to be rehabilitated. It is sad to see this, but it is as if they are born without a conscience and are totally centered on themselves. This book does an excellent job in exploring this type personality....more
This was excellent! Just about everyone knows they have self-control issues, but this series of lectures not only explains why scientifically, but alsThis was excellent! Just about everyone knows they have self-control issues, but this series of lectures not only explains why scientifically, but also gives ways to attack the problem based on lab tests. Just one example gives an idea. Since the Internet, we can shop all day and night which can be murder on the budget. It is the purchases at night that often are most problematic. The explanation is that practicing self control can actually be stressful, so after a long day of practicing it, we are worn out so the decisions about purchases can be made when our supply is depleted. The simple answer is to wait until morning to purchase something! I can't think of the times when I've gone on a website to see what is new and put a number of things in my shopping cart. Coming upon it at some later date, I have wondered why in the world I wanted some of those items.
The lectures also deal with how you can build your self-control muscles. Each time we resist something, we get better about it. The author advises "Implement Intentions – Takes your mind out of the middle of “Desire vs What you actually do.” You make a one step intention that only tackles one part of the goal. In this example, the author says to never purchase anything at night, but to wait until morning. My first intention was "When I am waiting for my coffee to warm, I will take the dishes out of the drainer." also "When I go from one room to another, I will tidy one thing." Those decisions are very easy but they help build the habit of self-control.
I agree with some criticism of some that the author's delivery isn't the best, so it only gets 4 stars, but the content is great. I'm glad this is an Audible book that I purchases because I plan to listen to it a lot!...more