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"Even in death, Johnny Cash remains a larger-than-life figure. The legendary figure's only son, John Carter Cash, knows that narrative well. Yet in his own memoir, House of Cash: The Legacies of My Father, Johnny Cash, the 45-year-old shows a more personal side of his dad."
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John Carter Cash is the only son of John R. Cash and June Carter Cash. A successful movie producer, John Carter has produced five Grammy Award-Winning albums including his mother June Carter’s Press On (1999), and has worked with Rich Rubin as Associate Publisher on his father’s American III: Solitary Man and American IV: The Man Comes Around , the latter receiving three CMA Awards. John Carter Cash owns and operates the Cash Cabin Studio and Cash Productions, LLC near Nashville, Tennessee. Cash lives with his wife Laura and their three children in Hendersonville, TN.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Insight Editions (October 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608870286
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608870288
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 9.5 x 12.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By C. Hill HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on October 19, 2011
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"House of Cash" is a celebration of Johnny Cash's life as presented by his son, John Carter Cash. My step-father is a huge Johnny Cash fan and this was the perfect birthday gift for him. The hardback edition is a fairly large book with an appropriately worn looking cover design that looks great on my parent's coffee table.

While I have heard a lot of his music (often while visiting my parents), I knew next to nothing about the man. This book gives a good bit of in-sight into his life, his way of thinking, his music, and his faith. Johnny Cash was a very deep man and I am amazed at the amount of inspirational material he left for his son to use in putting together this tribute. The book contains copies of hand written notes, reproductions of important documents, and many personal photos. Just a note of caution as a lot of the included material are odd sized compared to the standard pages and not all are attached, so so care should taken when going through it (small children might be tempted to remove some of the smaller notes). All of this is great material is tied together by a son's detailed accounts and recollection of his larger than life father.

This is a solid hit for fans and is even interesting reading for those with a casual interest in "The Man In Black".

Highly Recommended!

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Jefferson TOP 100 REVIEWER on October 20, 2011
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Large size hardcover-160 pages. ALSO INCLUDED IN THIS EDITION IS A CD (about 38 minutes long from Sony Music) containing 12 tracks-8 previously unreleased. There's a number of "documents" from Cash's life (handmade Valentine's Day card, high school diploma letters, a sketchbook, of Cash's artwork, lyric sheet, family recipes, etc.), which add depth and interest. The songs-"Billy Brown" (especially fine), "Ridin' On The Cottonbelt" (a great story about Cash's father), "While I've Got It On My Mind", and others-are well worth hearing (and owning), for they're good examples of Cash's voice and style of music and story telling. On a number of tunes Cash speaks and sets the scene by explaining how the songs came to be. The songs feature just Cash and his guitar, and there's a warmth that comes through, as if he's sitting at home and playing for a friend. This is no thrown together/money making book. The attention to detail is on every page-from the embossed cover graphic, to the photo and graphic reproductions throughout the book, to the writing style-this is a high quality book.

This book, written by Johnny Cash's son, John Carter Cash (J.C.C.), is a personal look at Johnny Cash's life and what inspired him to live the life he chose. Using many unpublished photographs and the above mentioned ephemera, J.C.C. paints a portrait of a man who was both a well known recording artist, and a father/family man. Filled with first person writing, the style brings out a different side of Cash-a man concerned with family, life values, and the creative spirit.

Chapters like "Beginnings and Foundations", "Faith & Philosophy", "Married In A Fever", "From Heart To Pen", and others, construct a good picture of Cash as both a family man and an artist.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jonnie King on March 28, 2013
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It opens with John Carter Cash's description of his father: "My father was a complicated man. There is no denying that. He was a man of steadfast faith and an open book in so many ways. But he was also a very deep and even mysterious man, intriguing and unpredictable..." What follows in the journey you will take during the 160 pages of this massive 12"x9" volume, is a first-hand look into the music, life, loves, and career, of an American icon.

John Carter Cash, is the only child born of the marriage of two music legends: Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash. The love he had for his parents is self-evident in this book, and his honesty about his feelings for his father are manifested on every page of this "Cash-Carter Family" based volume.

Pulling no punches, you are immersed into the entire world of this musical giant that became known as "The Man In Black". From his early beginnings in Arkansas to his world travels, you follow his path no matter where it leads. His song writing, his poetry, his paintings, his photography, his playful/humorous side, his addictions, his ailments, his friends...if it was a part of the life of Johnny Cash, you will read about it within these pages.

Most of all you will learn about his steadfast, deep abiding faith in God, his loyalty to his friends...and the compassion he had for those less fortunate souls, no matter where in the world he traveled.

Through the years his friends included many whose names you know: the Reverend Billy Graham, Elvis, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Horton, Kris Kristofferson, "Cowboy" Jack Clement...and many more too numerous to mention.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Thomas D. Gilbert on October 24, 2011
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I have a fairly large library of books, many of them from amazon, and have been a book-lover all my life. Never have I seen a book quite like this one. As the other reviewers stated, it is not only chock full of pictures and stories as I expected, but there were some really neat surprises, like his homemade valentine to June, and his recipe cards. This is really special, you have have to see it to appreciate it. It will no doubt be a big seller this Christmas and what a great present it will be, even to casual fans. My sister ordered it for me, just as a no-occasion surprise gift, and it arrived today. This one is a keeper for sure. One thing I noticed though, one of the other reviewers mentioned a CD that came with the book. I haven't found that in my book, unless it is hidden away somewhere within the pages. I'll keep looking.
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