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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 ...
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Overview

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.
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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786294534
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 4/28/2007
  • Series: Thorndike Biography Series
  • Edition description: REV Large Print
  • Pages: 644
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.40 (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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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     IX
Introduction     XIII
Come Home, 1932-1955     1
Deliverance     3
Guilt     22
Dreams     33
Memphis     51
A Fiery Ring, 1956-1967     67
Fame     69
California     85
J.R., John, Johnny     101
Balladeer     112
Self-Destruction     127
Slow and Free, 1968-1972     141
Folsom     143
Ovation     157
The Gospel Road     172
A Cold, Wild Wind, 1973-1993     189
Legend     191
Addiction     206
Branson     222
One More Ride, 1994-2003     239
Drive On     241
Unchained     260
The Gloaming     274
Notes     291
Bibliography     316
Index     325
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  • Posted December 21, 2011

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    Eh.

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2014

    Johnny is amazings

    I'M GONNA EAT YOUR BABIES
    c====():::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::>
    -johnny's girl

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2013

    Good

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2013

    I LOVE JOHNNY CASH

    Im gonna break. Im gonna break myyyyyy. Gonna break my rusty caaaaaaaaaaaaage. And run.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 13, 2009

    Johnny Cash

    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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  • Posted May 16, 2009

    Very good

    Good biography of Johnny Cash

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    Posted April 30, 2011

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