Johnny Cash: The Life

2013

Hilburn delivers a highly detailed but readable account of the legendary country singer, Johnny Cash. Virtually every aspect of his career and personal life is covered including his boyhood in Dyess, Arkansas, his admiration for Jimmie Rodgers,  the start of his recording career with Sun Records, Cash’s first gold record (the album Ring of Fire), his marriage into the Carter family, and his highly acclaimed video of Hurt which was produced by Rick Rubin. Hilburn has written the most comprehensive and accessible book about the Man in Black to date. He explores Cash’s ongoing substance abuse issues, the constant pressure to be creative, his need to constantly stand up for the underdog, his generosity, and his ongoing feelings of love and guilt toward his family. This book will be a welcome addition to a number of books on the subject such as Composed: A Memoir by Rosanne Cash (2010), Anchored in Love: An Intimate Portrait of June Carter Cash by John Carter Cash (2007), and Cash: The Autobiography by Johnny Cash (2003). A comprehensive index will appeal to researchers and general readers alike.

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