Always Been There: Rosanne Cash, The List, and the Spirit of Southern Music

Always Been There: Rosanne Cash, The List, and the Spirit of Southern Music

by Michael Streissguth
     
 

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When she was seventeen, Rosanne Cash's father gave her a list of 100 songs he believed every young musician should know. The original scrap of paper was lost, but the music of the Southern tradition lived on through Rosanne, and over thirty-five years later the best-selling album inspired by that legendary list was released. Always Been There is the story of those

Overview

When she was seventeen, Rosanne Cash's father gave her a list of 100 songs he believed every young musician should know. The original scrap of paper was lost, but the music of the Southern tradition lived on through Rosanne, and over thirty-five years later the best-selling album inspired by that legendary list was released. Always Been There is the story of those years in between, painting an unforgettable portrait of a storied lifetime and career filled with struggle and triumph-from Rosanne's recovery from serious brain surgery to the search for and establishment of her own legacy as a musician. Based on original interviews in the studio, on tour, and in her home, Always Been There is a fascinating chronicle of not just a single album, but of the life of a musician embracing and at the same time stepping out from the shadow of her past.

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WNTI- New Jersey online
Always Been There moved me like few musical books that I have ever read.”

PublishersWeekly.com
“Streissguth is a skillful biographer…[An] intimate, illuminating narrative [with] a satisfying sense of history that should please any fan of modern American music.”

Atlanta Journal Constitution, 11/29/09
“[An] emotion-packed, behind-the-scenes account of the making of the album.”

Austin Chronicle, 12/4/09
An effortless read… An enticing view of an artist.”

Minneapolis Star Tribune, 1/10/2010
“[A] thoughtful book…[A] portrait of a middle-aged woman coming to terms with a complicated legacy…Top-notch.”

Publishers Weekly
Starred Review.

Author and music journalist Streissguth, having already written a biography of Johnny Cash (Johnny Cash: The Biography), joined Johnny's daughter Rosanne to document the creation of an album (and tour) that in many ways reflects the complicated relationship between daughter and legendary father. Having achieved musical success in her own right, Rosanne's project is based on a lost list of 100 songs that Johnny gave her at the beginning of her career, which he felt every young musician should know. In the process of reconstructing "the List," Rosanne and Streissguth explore Southern music, the family legacy, and Rosanne's memories of the Cashes and the Carters. Streissguth is a skillful biographer, investigating Rosanne's relationship with work and art as well as with her famous parents. Unfortunately for music enthusiasts, the actual "list" never materializes, but that doesn't stop it from giving this intimate, illuminating narrative a satisfying sense of history that should please any fan of modern American music.
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780306818523
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
10/27/2009
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.85(d)

Meet the Author


Michael Streissguth is one of the world’s foremost authorities on Johnny Cash. He is a professor at Le Moyne College and lives in Syracuse, New York.

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