In 1995 Johnny Cash's youngest daughter gave a book of 365 questions to her father and asked him to fill out the questions for her. One year later, on her birthday, he returned the book to her with the answers completed. Most of the questions pertain to his childhood, and paint a clear picture of what it was like for the young J.R. Cash (later becoming the infamous Johnny Cash) to grow up in Dyess, Arkansas, on land that was given to the Cash family as part of the New Deal, in 1935.
The Cash home was part of the larger Dyess Colony, one of the many efforts during the great depression to provide economic opportunity to Americans. The Cash home illustrates the hardship of the 1930's and the attempts to bring relief through initiatives like the Dyess Colony. Johnny moved to this new home with his family of nine when he was just three years old, and many of the questions answered in the book relate to his experiences and memories of his life on the family's cotton farm and home, his childhood and young adult life. The stories are rich with his sentiments.
Historically, this book is an important look into this time period, and equally important to expand on where life began for Johnny Cash, and where his love for music was born. When visiting the completely restored Cash home in Dyess, Arkansas in April 2014, (which has recently been opened to the public), Johnny's daughter Tara met Dr. Ruth Hawkins, the Director of the Arkansas Heritage Sites Program, who was also the lead person on the project, and knew it was the right time to publish this book, which she'd always felt would be a gift to Johnny's fans, friends and family. With careful attention to detail, and working closely with Dr. Hawkins, the book has come to fruition and photos have been added to complete the stories, making this an even more personal treasure to pay tribute to the relationship between father and daughter as well as the icon and legend who became Johnny Cash.
|Publisher:||Schwoebel, Tara Cash|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)|