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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In 1973, Rosanne Cash’s father gave her a list of 100 songs that he felt a young musician had to know. Always Been There tells the inside story of the album that, more than thirty-five years later, resulted from that list. Based on original interviews conducted in the studio, on tour, and at home, Always Been There paints an unforgettable…  See more details below

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In 1973, Rosanne Cash’s father gave her a list of 100 songs that he felt a young musician had to know. Always Been There tells the inside story of the album that, more than thirty-five years later, resulted from that list. Based on original interviews conducted in the studio, on tour, and at home, Always Been There paints an unforgettable portrait of Rosanne Cash confronting music-making in the aftermath of serious brain surgery, a lifelong search for her legacy, and her unique creative partnerships.

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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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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.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780306819261
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
12/15/2009
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
454,063
File size:
4 MB

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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