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The national bestseller celebrated as "the ultimate Johnny Cash biography....Rock writer great Robert Hilburn goes deep." -- Rolling Stone
In this, the definitive biography of an American legend, Robert Hilburn conveys the unvarnished truth about a musical superstar. Johnny Cash's extraordinary career stretched from his days at Sun Records with Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis to the remarkable creative last hurrah, at age 69, that resulted in the brave, moving "Hurt" video.
As music critic for the Los Angeles Times, Hilburn knew Cash throughout his life: he was the only music journalist at the legendary Folsom Prison concert in 1968, and he interviewed both Cash and his wife June Carter just months before their deaths. Drawing upon a trove of never-before-seen material from the singer's inner circle, Hilburn creates an utterly compelling, deeply human portrait of a towering figure in country music, a seminal influence in rock, and an icon of American popular culture. Hilburn's reporting shows the astonishing highs and deep lows that marked the journey of a man of great faith and humbling addiction who throughout his life strove to use his music to lift people's spirits.
Really good read ...
A little tedious at times with all the albums, as his fame recedes in the later years, especially. Best part of the book is toward the end when Rick Rubin began influencing Johnny. Loved the quotes and stories showcasing the respect Johnny received from so many notable musicians throughout his life. You've got to respect any author that undertakes to tell the entire story of such a notable figure in music history. To appreciate Johnny Cash, you've got to recognize how important redemption and belief in the power of Jesus was to him. My reading experience was enhanced by listening to select songs by flipping back and forth between iTunes and iBooks. I am not a country music fan, BTW!
It was hard to read it did not seem to have a flow like some books I have read. He kept going back to other times and rehasgung what was said. I wish it had been easier to read. I know Mr. Cash had ahard life. I wish it had been easier for me to read.
I never liked biographies however Johnny Cash managed to keep me occupied. The book gets better at the end.