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The Man Called Cash by Steve Turner
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Aug 06, 11

Unsurprisingly, given the length of his career and extensive body of work, there are number of biographies (auto or otherwise) about Johnny Cash. "The Man Called Cash" was intended as another autobiography, told from the twilight of his career but, sadly, Cash passed away mere weeks before writing was to begin. That said, given the timing, it still allows for the most chronologically complete look at the man and his music.

Those looking for a lot of details about studio sessions and collaborations are probably going to be disappointed, for "life, love, and faith" really are the focus, here, especially the last. Turner does an excellent job framing Cash's life, not just as the evolution of an artist, but of a man's evolving relationship with himself and his religion. Much like the man, himself, the book never comes across as preaching, just honest.

The other major plus in this book's favor again stems from its timing: the inclusion of a good deal of material about Cash's career resurgence during the American Recordings period while working with producer Rick Rubin. That was the point where I really discovered the music, so the journey from the Sun Studio days to his covers of artists like Nick Cave and Neil Diamond was a fascinating one.
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