Cash: The Autobiography

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At 65, the man who's been called the "quintessential American troubadour" reflects on his extraordinary life and musical career.

He is the only entertainer in history in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Songwriter's Hall of Fame a distinction befitting a man who sang with Elvis Presley in the 1950s and with U2 in 1995. From his wild years of addiction to his loving faith in Christ, Johnny Cash embodies contradiction and it is that universal inner struggle, communicated with candor and simple wisdom, that has endeared him to audiences from all realms of experience. Now Cash celebrates 65 years and his remarkably varied career in this riveting autobiography, telling it straight in his own words.

Cash reveals the inside story, from his childhood years on an Arkansas cotton farm and his well-publicized battle with drugs to his life-saving spiritual awakening, his hit TV show years and his countless musical successes and honors. Cash reflects on the family that is central to his life and recalls associations with fellow greats Jerry Lee Lewis and Bob Dylan and and with presidents from Nixon to Clinton. Full of never-before-published photos, his epic story offers the unique perspective of a legend reflecting on his life and a fascinating blend of passion, honesty, humor, insight and inspiring faith. With enormous appeal for old fans and new, Cash captures the voice of this true American icon.

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Johnny Cash (1932-2003) was an American icon and country music superstar, a professed man of faith, as well as the author of three books. Cash first sang publicly while in the air force in the early fifties. The youngest person ever chosen for the Country Music Hall of Fame, he was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and awarded eleven Grammies in a career that spanned generations. Married to country legend June Carter, Cash performed everywhere from Folsom Prison to the White House, hosted his own television show, appeared in feature films, and in 1996 received the Kennedy Center Lifetime Achievement Award.

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A humble, happy look back from the man in black. Johnny Cash answers to many names; he's JR to childhood friends and family, John to bandmates, and Johnny to fans. ``Cash'' is the name wife June Carter reserves for ``the star, the egomaniac.'' The star gets plenty of ink here, from the early days at Sun Records--with Elvis, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis--to his current status as a darling of the alternative rock set. But it's the private man who's most compelling and surprisingly complex. Cash writes candidly of his recurring addiction to amphetamines and his concomitant shortcomings as a father, addresses his spirituality without sounding maudlin, and displays genuine humility at his success and very little bitterness at his abandonment by the country music establishment. A more accurate subtitle might be ``The Second Autobiography,'' since this volume covers some of the same ground as Cash's previous work, The Man in Black (1986), but a life so chock full of oddments (he once started a forest fire with an automobile and on another occasion was nearly disemboweled by an ostrich) and renegade stands (he opposed Vietnam, heresy to the nation's blue- collar constituency) easily merits a second look. Organized around the domiciles where he divides his time--homes in Tennessee, Florida, and Jamaica, as well as his tour bus--the book stays grounded in the present, mixing reflections on his 40-year career with a running chronicle of an ongoing tour. This novel approach minimizes the as-told-to blahs that plague many a celebrity autobiography and highlights Cash's wry humor and introspection. With the help of Carr, editor of Country Music magazine, Cash keeps the pace lively until the end, when the roses he throws everyone from grandkids to music biz buddies bog things down. Mostly, though, a pungent, substantive autobiography from one the most iconoclastic talents on the American music scene. (32 pages b&w photos, not seen) ($200,000 ad/promo; author tour) -- Copyright 1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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