Always Been There: Rosanne Cash, the List, and the Spirit of Southern Music

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ReadHowYouWant.com, Limited, 2010 - Music - 316 pages
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In 1973, Rosanne Cash's father gave her a list of 100 songs, many from the Southern tradition, 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 ''the list.'' Based on original interviews conducted in the studio, at home in New York City, and on tour in Europe, Always Been There documents a pivotal episode in Rosanne Cash's long and fascinating career. As she, along with producer and husband John Leventhal, painstakingly reconstructs what songs made ''the list'' and why, we gain an unmatched understanding of a longer musican continuium that includes the Carter Family and other fabled names of the Southern pantheon and their influence on her music and writing. We also see how Leventhal's talents as an arranger and musician pair with Rosanne's searching vocal performances to make these old songs new again. Always Been There tracks Rosanne Cash's singular and storied career from her early commercial hits with albums like King's Record Shop through her controversial split with Nashville tradition on albums like the mercurial Interiors to the sublime Black Cadillac. It paints an unforgettable portrait of Rosanne confronting music-making in the aftermath of serious brain surgery, her lifelong search for her legacy, and her unique creative partnerships.

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User Review  - delphica - LibraryThing

And then, my head exploded. This book and I did not get off to a very good start. In the first paragraph, the author writes about Rosanne Cash's brain surgery, letting us know that her family, friends ... Read full review

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User Review  - Phil Doherty - Goodreads

I must confess that I picked this book up at a LIFELINE Book Sale for $4 (the Dymocks Price Sticker showed $45). The book was a 1st Edition 2009 Hardback in pristine condition. It looked like it had ... Read full review

About the author (2010)

Michael Streissguth is the author of eight books, including Johnny Cash: The Biography. A professor in the Department of Communication and Film Studies at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York, he has written for Mojo, the Journal of Country Music, and many other publications. He has written and produced two documentary films, Record Paradise and Johnny Cashat Folsom Prison. He lives in Syracuse with his wife and family.

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