"An affecting mosaic of oral history, poetry and memoir-concerning Cash himself, but also the era in which his music took root and thrived."Publishers Weekly
"Turner is refreshingly reluctant to sensationalizeevenhanded and honest. Turner's life of the artist pays due honor to Cash."Reuters
"In what may be the most admirable of its many achievements, it's as good as Cash deserves." Rolling Stone
Johnny Cash was a poor sharecropper's son from Arkansas who became one of the most influential figures in American music. In the 1950s he embarked on a music career that took him to the heights of fame and wealth but also to the depths of addiction and despair. From these tensions Johnny Cash created a haunting music, exploring the dark side of himself, and others, in a voice that sometimes sounded as old as the Grand Canyon. The Man Called Cash chronicles his career, his love for June Carter Cash, his struggles, and his triumphs. Johnny Cash put his soul into his music, drawing on his demons, his faith, his pain, and his joy to become, to many, the voice of truth.
"The Master of Life's been good to me. He has given me strength to face past illnesses, and victory in the face of defeat.Let the music play."Johnny Cash
Steve Turner is the author of A Hard Day's Write: The Story behind Every Beatles' Song, and biographies of Jack Kerouac, Marvin Gaye, and Van Morrison. He has written on music and aspects of popular culture for many publications, including the Times (London), Mojo, and Rolling Stone. He lives in London.
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