This fascinating autobiography of the country music legend recounts the highs and lows, the struggles and hard-won triumphs of his remarkable life. The story takes us from his childhood on an Arkansas cotton farm to his early years at Sun Records. We read of his life on the road and meetings with, and performances for, world leaders. There is ...Read MoreThis fascinating autobiography of the country music legend recounts the highs and lows, the struggles and hard-won triumphs of his remarkable life. The story takes us from his childhood on an Arkansas cotton farm to his early years at Sun Records. We read of his life on the road and meetings with, and performances for, world leaders. There is also the darker side of his life: the years of addiction to amphetamines and pain killers, a suicide attempt and the spiritual awakening that pulled him through. He looks unsparingly at his turbulent past, but remains a man of honesty, humility and humour. His memoir reveals his friendships with Roy Orbison, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan and Billy Graham. Includes photos previously unpublished.Read Less
Long time fan of Johnny Cash's music and loved reading this book to learn more about the man in black.... Must read!
Jun 28, 2012
Learned many facts about Cash that i didn't know and wished i had when he was alive.
Apr 1, 2010
i purchased this book for my son whom is a big fan of Johnny Cash's. He loved it.
Mar 18, 2010
From humble beginnings to world wide fame, Johnny Cash tells his story in his own words ! Overcoming drug addiction, which began following surgery, he tells of his climb back up, with the help of wife June Carter. In the course of his spiritual development, he studies the bible and pursues his interest in making a film of Jesus in Jerusalem ! The years of his success are delightfully told, with a summary of his best works listed in the back of the book, which you will find very helpful. A great story by a guy with great integrity and soul ! You will enjoy this one !
Apr 26, 2007
This is a very good book. Johnny pulls no punches in this autobiography. He is refreshingly honest about those areas of his life that other people would not talk about so plainly if it were their lives in the open so to speak. This book will also appeal to any Rock'n'Roll and or Contry fans as a lot of it is about Johnny's musical life both before and after his marrage to June. This may even appeal to any Christian readers out there too. Johnny and June were both commited Christians and Johnny talks some about his faith and how it has helpped him through the tough times. I give this book 11 out of 10, it's THAT good imvho.
Publishers Weekly, 1997-10-06 "When death starts beating the door down, you need to be reaching for your shotgun," writes the Man in Black, the American country icon who still performs tough-talking story-songs like "Folsom Prison Blues" and "A Boy Named Sue" on his tours. Unsurprisingly, the famously Christian Cash (he has often performed at Billy Graham crusades and has written a novelŠThe Man in WhiteŠbased on the life of Saint Paul) reveals himself to be a man possessed of a heartfelt yet idiosyncratic spirituality, one that can accommodate both a belief in ghosts and a literal interpretation of the Bible. Cash is less interested here in recounting the details of his personal and public lives than he is with taking the reader to a handful of his favorite places, moving softly through the memories of a singer's regret-laden years on booze and pills, getting himself in the mood to reflect by describing the surroundings in which he writes. The result is a gentle, moving memoir that may frustrate some fans of Cash and of the Sun Records-era Memphis that saw his rise to fame, as the book only touches on Cash's relationships with those whose stardom eclipsed his ownŠElvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and (later on) Bob Dylan. The reader senses Cash's formidable presence in every terse phrase, however, as a melancholy calm pervades the narrative. 200,000 first printing; Literary Guild selection; author tour. (Nov.)
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