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Composed: A Memoir Paperback – July 26, 2011
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"Beautifully written meditations on love, death, family and redemption from the celebrated songwriter…Intimate vignettes writ small fill this account, which illuminates her close, complicated relationships with both her mother and her father…Unflinchingly honest and incisive…Warmth and humor characterize the resilience of the author's spirit. An excellent memoir that ends on an encouraging note: 'More to come.' "
– Kirkus (Starred Review)
"This work is a rare treat…Cash's memoir sheds clear light on her talent and drive."
– Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
"[An] engaging memoir…Compelling…Moving."
"Cash's exquisite songwriting talent serves her well as an author…The musician's meditations on the powerful moments that shape a life…border on the poetic."
– Country Living Magazine
"Trust me, you're going to dig this: Composed is a wise and winning chronicle of the making of an artist."
– Colson Whitehead, author of Sag Harbor
"Rosanne Cash's memoir Composed is a classic folk song, full of real heartbreak after real heartbreak, deep love and desperate loss, and the courageous struggle to make sense of the human experience through the beauty and truth of Creative Art."
– Kris Kristofferson
"This is an extraordinarily and dauntingly honest book."
– Elvis Costello
"Book clubs everywhere, here's your next selection! Rosanne Cash has written a lush and glorious memoir that is wise and knowing, humorous and full of hope. The scenes from her life play through like a song, with operatic twists and quiet turns that inevitably lead her home. Composed is powerful and whole and completely unforgettable."
– Adriana Trigiani, bestselling author of the Big Stone Gap series
"An eloquent testimony to the power of song, love, and human resilience. Rosanne writes about life with insight, elegance, and an artist's open heart."
– Daniel J. Levitin, author of This Is Your Brain on Music
"Rosanne Cash is a gifted writer who has led an extraordinary life—but what stays with you from this beautiful book is how she makes the particular universal. She makes us feel the contradictory emotions of being someone's child, someone's lover, and someone's parent. She reminds us of the ecstasy of falling in love and the heartbreak of bad endings. She shares the hardest lessons—facing mortality in our loved ones and in ourselves—as eloquently as she makes us appreciate the thousand small joys in this passing world. Composed is more than the story of her life. It's the story of all our lives."
– Bill Flanagan, author of Evening's Empire
"Composed carries the perfect title. With her cool, crisp prose, Cash never makes a drama out of a crisis. This is no surprise to fans of her nonfiction writing and I envy anyone making the discovery. For lovers of music and literature alike."
– Wesley Stace, author of By George and Misfortune
About the Author
ROSANNE CASH has recorded fourteen albums charting twenty-one Top 40 country singles, 11 of which made it to # 1, and two gold records. She has received ten Grammy nominations—winning in 1985—and was nominated this year for “Sea of Heartbreak,” a duet with Bruce Springsteen on her current CD, The List. Cash achieved the highest chart position of her career with the debut of The List. The album, which Vanity Fair called “superb,” debuted in the Top 5 on the Country Chart, and entered The Billboard 200 at No. 22. Cash is the author of Bodies of Water and the children’s book Penelope Jane: A Fairy’s Tale. Her essays and fiction have been published in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and New York magazine. She lives in New York City with her husband and children.
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One of my favorite lines was the way she described the first time she heard Bruce Springsteen (while at Hard Rock in London): "It was as if William Blake had put on black leather and climbed a motorcycle."
If anyone has read the extensive biography of her father CASH, there are a lot of discrepancies. The main is of June carter Cash. Roseanne waxes poetically of June....never going to the quotes etc from people noted in the CASH book. In the latter, statements are that June was extremely intense in Pursuit of Johnny Cash, and "making him hers." And that was not something the daughters liked at all. memory is odd. Each person sees things that are really the same in a light of their own.
If you read Roseanne's book Composed, you may or may not feel she , herself IS composed. Roseanne swears she is happy.....but that doesn't really seem to convey in her book.
She also hated, she states, being educated in a Catholic School. Yet, chose to send her children to one always. Contradictory.
I enjoyed this book, and do own the huge comprehensive biography titled CASH.
I felt a little sorrow for Roseanne, as I had a feeling that she is really not at all Composed. She seems, and rightly so, to have deep soul pain. I love her voice. It is soothing, emotion filled, and far from the screechy sort of woman singer. Mellow and deep, reminiscent of Patsy Cline.
Roseanne does see life as a journey and I agree. My true wish for her is that she truly become Composed. God bless Roseanne Cash.
Like most people, I was very familiar with Johnny Cash, but country music was still all about big hair and twang.
Rosanne changed that -- at least for me. Since then, I've anxiously awaited her each and every release.
I didn't know exactly what I'd be getting when I purchased "Composed," but I was pleasantly surprised. The writing,of which I believe she had a great deal of help with, is smooth, inviting and features quite the vocabulary. I truly enjoyed the abundance of anecdotes related to certain times in her life, especially those that relate to what was going on during the writing and recording of particular albums.
Ironically, like so many other artists who have written about their work, she appears to hate or think the recordings I enjoy the most are her least inspired.Nonetheless, I hope she continues to write about them. .