Johnny Cash: The Biography

Johnny Cash: The Biography

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by Michael Streissguth
     
 

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To millions, he was the rebellious Man in Black, the unabashed patriot, the redeemed Christian-the king of country music. But Johnny Cash (1932-2003) was also an uncertain country boy whose dreams were born in the cotton fields of Arkansas and who struggled his entire life with a guilt-ridden childhood, addictions, and self-doubt. Johnny Cash: The Biography

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To millions, he was the rebellious Man in Black, the unabashed patriot, the redeemed Christian-the king of country music. But Johnny Cash (1932-2003) was also an uncertain country boy whose dreams were born in the cotton fields of Arkansas and who struggled his entire life with a guilt-ridden childhood, addictions, and self-doubt. Johnny Cash: The Biography explores many often overlooked aspects of the legend’s life and career, uncovering the origins of his songwriting and trademark boom-chicka-boom rhythm and delving into the details of his personal life, including his drug dependency, which dogged him long after many thought he’d beaten it. Scrupulously researched, passionately told, Johnny Cash: The Biography is the unforgettable portrait of an enduring American icon.

Editorial Reviews

Metroland
Thoroughly researched and deeply moving, carrying itself with the same dignity as the man himself.
Douglas Brinkley
What makes this so valuable a biography is that Streissguth…debunks the myths that have enveloped Cash, in large part owing to two autobiographies, Man in Black (1975) and Cash (1997), both full of exaggerations. Although Streissguth is not the literary equal of Peter Guralnick (Elvis Presley) or Elijah Wald (Robert Johnson), he avoids the gush-and-awe prose of Rolling Stone and Spin…The amount of new archival material he unearths…is truly impressive.
—The New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780306815652
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
09/03/2007
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
1,192,496
Product dimensions:
6.56(w) x 9.04(h) x 1.01(d)

Meet the Author


Michael Streissguth is the author of Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison, editor of Ring of Fire, and an associate professor of English at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York.

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Johnny Cash 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
MARIETTAGIRL More than 1 year ago
The book was okay and the author did his homework. However, it lacked the raw edge that I know Johnny had. In other words, the warts were not revealed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book...told so much more the I knew from seeing the movie. "Walk the Line". Recommend reading if u r a Johnny Cash fan.
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spp More than 1 year ago
It was a very good and honest book, I wished I hadn't read it because now I think of Johnny Cash in a different way. His first family really got a raw deal.
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I'M GONNA EAT YOUR BABIES c====():::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::> -johnny's girl
c0093k More than 1 year ago
Good biography of Johnny Cash
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im gonna break. Im gonna break myyyyyy. Gonna break my rusty caaaaaaaaaaaaage. And run.