He owned several homes but at the end of the day cherished walking barefoot at his farmhouse in Tennessee, sitting on the porch in the quiet evening. His interest was peaked by ordinary things like weather patterns. He raved about his wife June, his children, his grand children, and his God-Jesus Christ.
He knows what is worth admiring and I like that about him. He seemed to have a very accurate view of himself--never too humble or proud. He definitely wasn't a saint, and he didn't pretend to be, but he always knew where his hope came from. And of course he made great, simple, honest music. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in the life of Johnny Cash. He tells his story well and he is worth hearing from. I'd like to read more about him after reading this book. Apr 22, Wade rated it it was amazing Shelves: But, somehow the stories all connect to one another and give the book this perfect flow.
He is very straight ahead about his fame, his ego, his addictions, his faith in Jesus, his music, his career, his family, his triumphs and his failures. Plus you get a firsthand account of all of the great history around Memphis and Sun Studios and Elvis and Carl Perkins, as well as Roy Orbison and Waylon Jennings and all the other guys from that era. This book is an amazingly quick and easy read. Feb 14, J. It's an understatement to say that Johnny Cash had a well lived in life.
He was a mad dog, music star, son of a gun but also a down to earth, spiritual, deep thinker. The first part of the book gives us a brief introduction, Cash is in Jamaica writing the start of the book, he then starts the story proper, detailing his early life growing up on his fathers farm picking cotton in the fields, a bereavement that changed his life and his time in Germany with the U. S airforce intercepting Russian comm It's an understatement to say that Johnny Cash had a well lived in life.
S airforce intercepting Russian communications. His return to America, his marriage to Vivian the beginnings of his career, signing to sun records. The next part details his friendships, June Carter Cash, life on the road, his tear away existence, drug abuse. The final part- his recovery, family matters, spiritual life.
There are many many interesting anecdotes and stories. He cheated death more times than I could count. One of my favourite stories is about the genesis of the song 'Blue Suede Shoes' written by Carl Perkins not! My favourite passage is about what country music truly is, so many people nowadays write off country music and think its about rodeos, line dancing, silly hats the Dixie Chicks, Garth Brooks They're talking more about choices - a way to look, a group to belong to, a kind of music to call their own. Which begs the question: Is there anything behind the symbols of modern 'country', or are the symbols themselves the whole story?
Are the hats, the boots, the pickup trucks, and the honky-tonking poses all that's left of a disintegrating culture? He has a lot to be grateful for, and states that the book is a way of complimenting people he hasn't really had the chance to compliment over the years. The only criticism I can give is that there is no index so I had to note down all the musicians, songs he mentioned for further listening purposes. How many musicians do you know produce great songs in old age and remain relevant? The movie is really just the tip of the iceberg.
Recommended to all music fans. Oct 04, Anfri Bogart rated it liked it Shelves: Come quasi tutte le autobiografie dei musicisti, anche qui ci sono: Comunque, essendo un fan di Johhny Cash, mi ha fatto piacere leggere questo libro e mi sono comunque goduto abbastanza sia il punto b che il punto e. May 11, Adi rated it it was amazing.
If you like even one of his songs, this book is worth reading. If you don't like any of his songs, shame on you.
Jul 15, Jon rated it it was amazing. Many of them come across as very dry as they recount events in life chronologically, and no matter how well done that is, it can get boring.
Cash by Johnny Cash is no different, and perhaps even exceeds these two examples. Within that framework he bounces around to different stories. How he had to toil in the fields all day dawn til dusk even as a young child, and come home to no electricity is pretty amazing. His 50ss life is very compelling, with lots of stories of great musicians like Elvis, Carl Perkins and others, and of course his own recording career taking off.
It was cool that he was a part of the military and he had quite an interesting job in that regard as a person who deciphered Russian Morse code for our intelligence programs. Later in the book, it gets heavy. He talks a lot about his drug use, his problems, his failings as a human being. It makes it very clear this is honest and not just some presentation of him as some idol, which I appreciate. We all have failed and fall short of the glory of God, and this is an example of that, and how we can keep striving as humans to be perfect in Him. I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as Rob did, but I did enjoy it.
You find yourself hearing Cash himself reading it to you in your head, with his rolling, rumbling, mouthful of gravel voice, which gives his tales of life on the road more oomph. May 03, El rated it liked it Recommended to El by: The movie, High Fidelity.
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The thing about a lot of memoirs written by celebrities in their later years is that they're given a lot of leeway to Johnny Cash was no exception, and let's be honest - it's Johnny Cash. Who in their right mind would tell him, "Hey, why don't you reign it in a little, huh buddy? So Cash wrote about his life, and sometimes it made sense and sometimes it made something a little shy of sense, but it's still his memoir. And he deserved the chance to tell The thing about a lot of memoirs written by celebrities in their later years is that they're given a lot of leeway to And he deserved the chance to tell his story.
His story here starts with his childhood, and he discusses the death of his brother and his rise to fame and his adoration of June Carter the first time he met her. Much of this was a repeat to me after having seen the movie, Walk the Line , but it was good to see what the movie got historically right. Then Cash delves into talking about his singer friends, of which he had many, and then his family, of which he also had many, and then about his stint with amphetamines and pills, of which he had probably the most of out of anything else in his life.
He tells stories about ostrich attacks and the reader is just like, "Whoa, what a bad ass". As if there was previously a question of his bad-assedness. Still, he meanders significantly, sometimes leading to difficulty in the reading. I can't hold it against him, though, because it's what makes his story so real. He wasn't the best writer, but then that's not what he was known for anyhow. His love for June, according to this book, was intense and incredible, as was his faith in his later years.
He has respect for just about every person he's met, whether they screwed him over or not, and that's admirable. You would think Cash would have wound up a bitter old man with a heart made of broken brick, but he really seemed to have become a gentle man who found talent and beauty in the world.
Possibly my favorite part of the book is the several times he makes reference to his own book, Man in Black. How often does a writer actually reference himself? That's pretty cool, and he's probably the only man who could pull it off without coming across as pretentious. Dec 29, James Hartley rated it really liked it.
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A good read, written in a melancholy, nostalgic tone, from the present, looking to the past. Cash is the real deal - or was the real deal - someone who grew up in the south, picked cotton, heard and wrote songs, sung with Elvis at Sun, popped more pills than anyone, found and lost and found God, and blew in and out of fashion. My favourite story was the one where he and his wife June were in New York City walking about on a Sunday and decided, on a whim, to go into a church they were passing.
Whe A good read, written in a melancholy, nostalgic tone, from the present, looking to the past. When they did a young boy, who they quickly realised had mental health issues, began shouting, "There he is! It was the one and only time Cash had been in that church in his life. Aug 06, Adam Siegel rated it it was amazing. This isnt one of those ghostwritten autobiographies.
Neither is it some crazy tell all, get the skeletons out of the closet, woe is me story. This is exactly what it says: Cash by Johnny Cash. It's the Man In Black telling his own story. In his own voice. He tells you how to pick cotton, the real story of blue suede shoes, what it feels like to dig imaginary spiders out of your own skin, and why he painted the windows on his camper black. If you finished Dylan's Chronicles and dont know where to go next, this is your stop. Being a Johnny Cash fan already I spotted this book while shopping and had to pick it up. I enjoyed it from start to finish.
Cash had so many interesting stories to tell, from tragedy, his addiction to drugs, to his fame and meeting his wife June. This autobiography gives such an amazing insight to Johnny's life from his childhood on the cotton field to his staggering career in music. Even if you aren't a fan of Johnny Cash I would recommend this book because it's such an inspiring and heartwarm Being a Johnny Cash fan already I spotted this book while shopping and had to pick it up.
Even if you aren't a fan of Johnny Cash I would recommend this book because it's such an inspiring and heartwarming read. A brilliant story of a brilliant man. May 15, Matthew Richmond rated it really liked it. Then I remembered, Johnny Cash lived in the Cotton fields. This was an engrossing read. Johnny pours out his soul. It's his voice all the way through. His vivid descriptions of nature's allure, his recollections of Jamaica and that terrible robbery, Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bob Dylan, Carl Perkins and many many other famous artists or not so famous ones , his family Carter family significance , his drug taking episodes, make this autobiography simply a must read for anyone who who has even a smidgeon of interest in the history of American music.
Unfortunately, I found at the precise moment he professed to being a Christian on his ABC show, he went into 'serious' Christian defence mode and rambled into pretty dull territory. We already know from the first two thirds of the book he is a proud Christian. I'm a Christian as well.
But to read a whole lot more just seemed too much, but no one's perfect, hahaha. But all in all this autobiography is a great insight into the 'man in black' and really how the way things were back when contemporary music was coming into being and about those who propelled in into the spotlight. Jul 27, Rowland Pasaribu rated it liked it. I sure didn't hurt that I loved this movie a whole lot. The book proved not to be my number one favorite but certainly was an eye opener and a fast fun book in many respects.
Cash is pretty easy to read, straightforward, honest and informative. His life story is definitely worthy of a book or two. From very humble beginnings to the top bac Ever since the character played by John Cusak in the movie High Fidelity listed "Cash by Johnny Cash" as his number one book I knew I would have to read it. From very humble beginnings to the top back down through repeated drug crises and back up. He has met five presidents, toured with the little Memphis band of newcomers including Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis and Roy Orbison among others.
This honest telling of the story of the Man In Black is filled with anecdotes that surprised me with their candor and insights.
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I have a much better understanding of the origins of the Memphis sound, of life on the road, and of this remarkable man's journey bringing his unique brand of music to the people. Apr 11, Jason rated it really liked it Shelves: Given the hype surrounding Johnny Cash for the previous 7 or 8 years, I had sort of reached a saturation point, where I just didn't need any more. I had loved his music for a long time, appreciated the man and the voice he had, but didn't need much else. Someone bought me this for Christmas, and it was one of the most moving things I had ever read.
He is honest, humble, and most importantly, contemplative about his life and what it means. It changed dramatically the way I felt and thought about Given the hype surrounding Johnny Cash for the previous 7 or 8 years, I had sort of reached a saturation point, where I just didn't need any more. It changed dramatically the way I felt and thought about his music, and is something I still quote on a regular basis. Mar 23, Duane Maddy rated it it was amazing.
Beautiful book that you can't help but read in Cash's voice. So descriptive and pure, from his days picking cotton, to his abuse of amphetamines, you feel like you're witnessing it all. Each story had emotion and energy. I particularly loved his stories of Roy Orbison, whom I had no idea he was a friend. Cash's faith was an ongoing factor throughout and was so interesting and powerful.
A great book to take your time and enjoy.
Apr 16, Lily Waters rated it really liked it Shelves: Mar 17, D. O'Donnell rated it it was amazing. Ostrich wounds and flying hospitals. Aug 05, Rob rated it really liked it Shelves: For what we might reasonably lose in objectivity, an autobiography when well put together gives us the authentic voice of the person in question and allows us to enter their story more deeply and usually at less of a remove than a biography would offer.
I am sure plenty of people were excited in by the news that Johnny Cash would be publishing another autobiography, following his book Man in Black. He was then an ailing but resurgent monolith with a newly reborn music career and status For what we might reasonably lose in objectivity, an autobiography when well put together gives us the authentic voice of the person in question and allows us to enter their story more deeply and usually at less of a remove than a biography would offer.
He was then an ailing but resurgent monolith with a newly reborn music career and status as a genuine American giant. For many, he summed up the best form of plural American spirit from the Deep South: Added to that, he liked to fly the flag for gospel music and old country songs, right alongside the history of the United States and his own faith.
That's a pretty big bag he had there. In , he was 2 albums into his American Recordings rebirth, in which Rick Rubin had used his back-to-basics aesthetic along with a suitably spectral studio sound to give a timeless showcase for the famous Cash pipes and rather rudimentary and understated guitar. The intimacy worked a treat, and Grammy Awards and renewed interest ensued. Johnny Cash was again at the heart of US culture, almost the way he had been in the early s, when he hosted a primetime TV show and got to hang out with presidents. At heart he is a somewhat curious character though: He is impetuous and instinct-driven, but also highly analytical and self-questioning.
He is a lover of the land, and not necessarily of humanity's rights over that land. He is a buyer of houses in the US and Jamaica and a consummate family man, blending deep-rooted support with borderline nepotism. This book is appealing in that Cash's voice is perfectly recognisable from his artistic accent. His life story is a litany of stops and starts, with a couple of well-known scenes, like the armed robbery in Jamaica and his time at Sun Records in the early days of rock n' roll.
It is also occasionally dull, as he resorts to lengthy lists of family members with smoothed-over praise for all and sundry. In fact it reads at those times like the longest Oscar speech ever made. It also somehow contrives to pay deep tribute to his love for June without really giving much insight into her as a woman, other than her rather scary shopping habits.
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