Cash: The Autobiography

by Johnny Cash

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | October 16, 2003 | Trade Paperback

Cash: The Autobiography is rated 4.25 out of 5 by 4.

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."

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 9.13 × 6.25 × 0.86 in

Published: October 16, 2003

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0060727535

ISBN - 13: 9780060727536

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from "The Man in Black" “Cash: The Autobiography” is a very interesting book because it allows you to understand all of the early inspirations of Johnny Cash. It walks you through his early life in fields of Arkansas, he talks about his brother Jack, and his father, and his love of music. It moves you to his early adult years and his initial success with Sun Records. Johnny Cash was a true born entertainer with a passion for pleasing the crowd. The book details his drug addiction to different kinds of pills. Later on in life when he marries June Carter he talks about how Jesus and the Church became a big part of his life. The book was good, however it was kind of slow at the beginning and is has parts where it gets boring as he talks about ideas in his head. I did like the parts of the book where he talks about all the places he’s been on tour, and about all the different famous artists he got to travel and perform with. Near the end of the book it kind of looses steam too because once Johnny Cash has spoken about his fast life of drugs and partying, it gets kind of dull for him to be speaking about family and Jesus. Although I’m sure he was a lot happier near the end of his life with his family and Jesus, rather than the partying and pills. In conclusion, I have a lot of respect for Johnny Cash and all his contributions to the music world and I did enjoy reading his autobiography.
Date published: 2007-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceptional and Inspirational After reading Cash: The Autobiography I have learned to respect the Man In Black's music a whole lot more. This book follows the journey of Johnny Cash, a kid who came from the middle of nowhere in Arkansas working the cotton fields, to a man who became one of the most influential singer/songwriters in the entire music industry and still is to this day. A man who went from nothing to an Icon and battled many adversities including his brother's death, a shattered marriage, and his addiction to amphetamines. J.R. lived life on the edge but always kept his faith in god, even to the end. I enjoyed this book very much, and learned about much that was left out and should have been in the movie "Walk The Line". I also liked many of the stories that were told by Mr. Cash and his many life experiences. This book really does show that Johnny Cash did Walk the Line.
Date published: 2007-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Book of Memories With wit and humility, Johnny Cash recounts stories of his friends and his family, his rise to fame and his battle with drugs. Rather than a traditional autobiography that begins with childhood and ends with old age, this is a book of memories. Reading it is like flipping through an album of snapshots. It’s intimate and personal in a way that gives the reader a deep appreciation for Johnny’s life and work. For a fan it is a treasure trove of anecdotes and for a “Cash neophyte” it’s a great place to start learning about the man behind the legend.
Date published: 2006-07-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Interesting! I was actually very entertained while reading this book. I'm 19 and have only just been introduced to Cash's life and music and I'm glad that I have been! I picked this book up on a Saturday night and had it finished Monday morning. I couldn't put it down! His book takes you from his upbringing in the cotton fields all the way through to his early days touring with Elvis, Carl Perkins and the likes and right on up through to the 70s, 80s and 90s. He speaks of his family, friends and fellow musicians who all helped to shape him and his music. If you're at all interested in his life and his music, I highly recommend this book!
Date published: 2006-06-07

– More About This Product –

Cash: The Autobiography

by Johnny Cash

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 9.13 × 6.25 × 0.86 in

Published: October 16, 2003

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0060727535

ISBN - 13: 9780060727536

From the Publisher

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."

About the Author

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.

Editorial Reviews

"Engaging. . . . Written with honesty and spiritual insight. . . . Cash’s stories shine." (Chicago Sun-Times)
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