Cash: The Autobiography

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Harper Collins, Oct 7, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
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He was the "Man in Black," a country music legend, and the quintessential American troubadour. He was an icon of rugged individualism who had been to hell and back, telling the tale as never before. In his unforgettable autobiography, Johnny Cash tells the truth about the highs and lows, the struggles and hard-won triumphs, and the people who shaped him.

In his own words, Cash set the record straight -- and dispelled a few myths -- as he looked unsparingly at his remarkable life: from the joys of his boyhood in Dyess, Arkansas to superstardom in Nashville, Tennessee, the road of Cash's life has been anything but smooth. Cash writes of the thrill of playing with Elvis, the comfort of praying with Billy Graham; of his battles with addiction and of the devotion of his wife, June; of his gratitude for life, and of his thoughts on what the afterlife may bring. Here, too, are the friends of a lifetime, including Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan, and Kris Kristofferson. As powerful and memorable as one of his classic songs, Cash is filled with the candor, wit, and wisdom of a man who truly "walked the line."


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A great intro to the man in black. - Goodreads
A little difficult to read but worth it in the end. - Goodreads
I loved the imagery this book had. - Goodreads
Cash's writing style is a bit odd. - Goodreads
Great insight on the Man in Black from Cash himself. - Goodreads
His prose are as concise as his songs. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Andre - Goodreads

This is very different from all the memoirs I've read so far. The stories are interesting, but it feels like writing was not Cash's forte (songwriting, of course, but not books). Overall it's a great ... Read full review

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User Review  - Roxanne Davis - Goodreads

This is a good book about the life of Johnny Cash. He was living life in the fast lane and met his wife June Carter Cash and they went to make music together. He had his own unique style of music I like. Good book. Read full review

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Page 145 - She urged me not to take them, and of course that just drove the wedge deeper between us. I shrugged her off. Then, as my habit escalated, she actually begged me — 'Please, please, get off those pills. They're going to destroy us both!
Page 57 - Perkins backstage before a show. / keep a close watch on this heart of mine. I keep my eyes wide open all the time. I keep the ends out for the tie that binds. Because you're mine, I walk the line.
Page 28 - Cash later affirmed that Jack's influence on him remained profound—and, in that sense, he really remained not so far away. "When we were kids he tried to turn me from the way of death to the way of life, to steer me toward the light," Cash said, "and since he died his words and his example have been like signposts for me. The most important question in many of the conundrums and crises of my life has been, 'Which is Jack's way? Which direction would he have taken?
Page 41 - I'm out of answers. My only certainties are that I grieve for desperate young men and the societies that produce and suffer so many of them, and I felt that I knew those boys.
Page 171 - I'd left Him, but He hadn't left me," Cash explained. "I felt something very powerful start to happen to me, a sensation of utter peace, clarity, and sobriety . . . How, after being awake for so long and driving my body so hard and taking so many pills ... could I possibly feel all right? "The feeling persisted, though, and then my mind started focusing on God ... I became conscious of a very clear, simple idea: I was not in charge of my destiny. I was not in charge of my own death. I was going to...
Page 156 - I discovered all over again how it felt to play for a crowd of people with no chairs or tables, standing on their feet, jammed together, energizing each other."15 The Viper Room, in particular, was "kinda like playing a bloody honky-tonk in the '50s...
Page 48 - I've been everywhere, man. Twice." 6 —Johnny Cash What it meant in the 1950s to "go on tour" meant something altogether different than it does in the new millennium. Besides the obvious points of departure (ie, present day: better equipment, better transportation, better...
Page 29 - When I was 20, he was 22 ... and the last time I saw him, about three weeks ago, his hair was gray and his beard was snowy white. He's a preacher, just as he intended to be, a good man and a figure of high repute. He's still wise, too. Usually in my Jack dreams I'm having some sort of problem or I'm doing something questionable, and I'll notice him looking at me, smiling, as if to say, 'I know you, JR I know what you've really got in your mind ... .' There's no fooling Jack."21...

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Johnny Cash (1932-2003) was an American icon and country music superstar, a professed man of faith, as well as the author of three books. Cash first sang publicly while in the air force in the early fifties. The youngest person ever chosen for the Country Music Hall of Fame, he was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and awarded eleven Grammies in a career that spanned generations. Married to country legend June Carter, Cash performed everywhere from Folsom Prison to the White House, hosted his own television show, appeared in feature films, and in 1996 received the Kennedy Center Lifetime Achievement Award.

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