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Cash: The Autobiography Paperback – October 7, 2003
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“Insightful, relaxed, and conversational. . . . The stories sing.” (New York Times)
“Cash has always been cool.” (--Country Music magazine)
Top Customer Reviews
I wanted to know more about Johnny Cash. However, I nearly always approach biographies and autobiographies with a grain of salt, skeptical that they'll be (a) untruthful, or (b) unable to hold my attention.
With Cash: The Autobiography my natural skepticism was totally eliminated within the first 10 pages.
This book is wonderfully engaging. It reads exactly like a conversation with an old friend. In fact, I can hear Johnny's rich baritone voice in my head as I read it. I can picture his sincere face. And I'm enthralled.
If you want to know who Johnny Cash was, this book is a great introduction to the man. Not just because of what he wrote about; but, also, because of how it was written: conversationally, openly, honestly, and sincerely.
I'm about 3/4 of the way through the book. I love it.
I highly recommend Cash: The Autobiography.
It's not the most *interesting* bio, but it's a look-see into his soul. He's simple, he's straightforward, and he's honest, though he's not too giving of all the details. Hence his lack of candor. One thing you do grab from this is how Johnny and June were soulmates, how they shared life's best and worst moments, and how Johnny knows and understands any mistakes he's made there. Thankfully, he doesn't practice victimology and blame the rest of the world for his problems. Instead, he tells us he looks to God for guidance.
He tells the reader a few stories that will be new to them, in regards to his life of celebrity. Other than that, this is not a summarization of all that he's done or where he's been, but instead, it's a small window through which he viewed life and its assorted players. Read it if you are really interested in Johnny Cash.
I read this book as someone who only knew him from his VH1 Duet with Willie Nelson, as well as his acoustic album American Recordings. Despite this, it was easy to follow his narrative of his life.
As I read about the man in his autumn years, I do not feel sorry for him. He was human, he lists his mistakes, and goes on. This is a man I can respect, inside and outside of music. That is the impression this book gives me.
I was expecting an autobiography, but I guess that's what the Man in Black is, which is sadly out of print (is anyone doing anything about that?). This book is more analogous to a journal, a collection of thoughts about Johnny Cash's life, career, friends, family, and music. It's a little disjointed, a little rambling once or twice, but who's journal isn't? It offers profound insight into the mind of one of the most brilliant musicians of our time.
Anyone who has been a long time fan, or just recently discovered Johnny Cash will enjoy this book. Just don't expect to read the exact story portrayed in Walk The Line through Johnny's eyes, but do expect to gain even more respect and insight into a modern folk legend.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I absolutely loved this book, I bought it almost 20years ago and bought another copy as I do not like sharing my books and this one my sons etc can borrow it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Larnche
I've been wanting to read this for a long time but am usually disappointed with biographies as they seem to leave out the human side of the story. Read morePublished 2 months ago by stephen
I really enjoyed this book! It was simple,real and very inspiring. I actually became a Johnny Cash fan after watching his performance on Columbo,"Swan Song" I was blown... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Wife 26
I borrowed this from the library, and the pages carry a faint scent of cinnamon. This added to the feeling of sitting in Johnny's kitchen as he told me his story, because that's... Read morePublished 6 months ago by fruitloop