Johnny Cash: I See a Darkness

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The first and only illustrated biography of "The Man in Black", Johnny Cash, the most famous country singer of all time
 

Cash was a 17-time Grammy winner who sold more than 90 million albums in his lifetime and became an icon of American music in the 20th century. Graphic novelist Reinhard Kleist depicts Johnny Cash’s eventful life from his early sessions with Elvis Presley (1956), through the concert in...

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Overview

The first and only illustrated biography of "The Man in Black", Johnny Cash, the most famous country singer of all time
 

Cash was a 17-time Grammy winner who sold more than 90 million albums in his lifetime and became an icon of American music in the 20th century. Graphic novelist Reinhard Kleist depicts Johnny Cash’s eventful life from his early sessions with Elvis Presley (1956), through the concert in Folsom Prison (1968), his spectacular comeback in the 1990s, and the final years before his death on September 12, 2003.

Already a bestseller and award-winner in Europe, Johnny Cash: I See a Darkness vividly portrays the unpredictable life of a loner, patriot, outlaw, and music rebel, making this unique biography a compelling read for multiple generations of graphic novel and music fans.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Kleist taps into the mythic quality of the Man in Black's rise from impoverished farming in Depression-era Arkansas to his early success in the 1950s, pulling no punches depicting Cash's drug dependency and the gradual erosion of his first marriage thanks to constant touring and run-ins with the law. He takes readers through Cash's evolution as an artist whose work and social consciousness reflected the changing and volatile times in his troubled country. There are few figures in the history of 20th-century American music whose impact and appeal bore the resonance of Cash's, and this stark and stunning graphic novel—winner of several awards in Europe—is a marvel of visual storytelling that does great honor to both his distinctively American epic of triumph and tragedy and to the universality of the songs he sang. A solid winner from cover to cover, this effort is highly recommended for just about anyone intrigued by an American icon. (Nov.)
Library Journal
With sung tales of criminals and broken-hearted lovers that cut as deep as his bass-baritone voice, Johnny Cash transcended the label "country singer" and became an American icon. Taking his title from a song on Cash's 2000 album, American III: Solitary Man, German cartoonist Kleist presents a biography (with seemingly invented dialog that stays true to the facts) focusing on Cash's turning points: from his poor family's 1935 relocation to a New Deal-created cotton farming community, through his troubled first marriage, endless touring, the amphetamine abuse of his early musical career, and climaxing with a famous, highly charged 1968 concert at California's Folsom Prison. Kleist also dramatizes several of Cash's songs and relates the tragic story of Glen Sherley, a Folsom inmate who sent Cash a song he had written hoping Cash would play it in the show. The ruggedness of Kleist's black-and-white illustrations suits their subject, as the stark portrayal of Cash's withdrawal from drugs is inventive and harrowing. VERDICT An award winner in Europe, this thoughtful and compelling portrait of a towering talent with a tortured soul is recommended for all teen and adult music fans.—S.R.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810984639
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 670,565
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author



Reinhard Kleist is a multi-award-winning graphic novel author and artist. His previous books include Havanna, Lovecraft, and Amerika. He lives in Berlin.

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