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Johnny Cash: The Life of an American Icon
Johnny Cash is the only artist to have been elected to the Country Music and Rock and Roll Songwriters Hall of Fame. By 1969 he had sold more records than The Beatles. Author Stephen Miller has interviewed Cash's brother Tommy who has provided interesting material from his childhood as well as insights into life on the road with the Johnny Cash Show. Includes interviews wi ...more
Paperback, 406 pages
Published November 1st 2003 by Omnibus Press
(first published October 2003)
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I've always been a big fan of Johnny Cash since the 1960's and have been to several of his concerts. I thought I knew a little bit about my favorite singer but was surprised to learn as I read this book that I did not know as much about him and his music as I thought I did. I found the book to be very interesting in supplying the background to his recording sessions and how the music came to be produced, sometimes not to his liking as much as to the producers liking. I also learned more about th ...more
This is a lengthly and thorough exploration of the life of an American legend. At times it seemed a little too focused on the detail where a little more 'conjecture' may have made it more readable. However, if you want to know about the factual ins and outs of Cash's life you won't go wrong with this.
I got this for my mother who loves her Man in Black. I'll be honest - this is a very complete, detailed biography, perhaps too much so. Dense and long, especially if you don't know every single lyric and song by Cash. But Johnny Cash was a complex man, a man of flaw, of faith, of music.