The definitive, intimate, no-holds-barred biography of Johnny Cash.
People don't just listen to Johnny Cash - they believe in him.
Although part of his life has been told on film, there are many compelling layers to his story that have remained hidden - until now. Robert Hilburn tells the unvarnished truth about a musical icon whose personal life was far more troubled and his artistry much more profound than even his most devoted fans have realized. As music critic for the Los Angeles Times, Hilburn knew Cash well throughout his life - he was the only music journalist at the legendary Folsom Prison concert in 1968, and he interviewed him extensively just before Cash's death in 2003.
Drawing upon his personal experience with Cash and a trove of never-before seen material from the singer's inner circle, Hilburn gives us a compelling, human portrait of one of the most iconic figures in modern popular culture - not only a towering figure in country music, but also a seminal influence in rock.
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©2013 Robert Hilburn (P)2013 Hachette Audio
Because the movie Walk the Line is my all-time favorite movie I almost didn't listen to this book thinking I knew enough of the story. I didn't know a quarter of the story. I am 39 years old and even though I am a life long country music fan I didn't know much of what was in this very complete biography of Johnny Cash. Gonna start it again now and listen again but it's just sad that it's over. The narrator does a very good job unlike some of the reviews state. Easy to listen to and enjoy and learn. I now want to go back to Hendersonville and see the grave again and visit the House of Cash museum. Already a fan this book made me a fanatic!
The story is well written. The Narrator was terrible. Did not sound interested In reading the story. Monotone and hesitating in many parts making the reading hard to understand.
I would have liked to hear Grover Gardner reading this book.
It was written very well. An insight we haven't had yet. The performance made it easy to listen to. I got this on audio book because it was taking me forever to read. It was easier to follow and listen to on audio but it was still long.
I'd recommend it to anyone who wants to know Cash
Very eclectic when it comes to books & music.
The story was fantastic, and I learned a lot about Johnny Cash that I didn't know previously. On the down side, the narration was flat.
Details about Johnny Cash's personal life.
The narration was flat and boring. This is the worst job of narration that I've ever heard, and I have over 200 audiobooks.
Yes. I don't have any idea who the stars should be.
I feel I know much more about the man in black after reading this, and I didn't think there was much more to know.
For some this might be too much info. I was starting to get a different picture of who he was, but by the end the positive and negative balanced out.
Since most of his success was before my time I never realized how lackluster his career was in the 70's and 80's since he was such a legend.
loved it. if you start this book, it will be like falling into a burning ring of fiery biographical awesomeness that you will not be able to escape from.
Even if you think you have read everything about the man in black, this 21 hour reading will leave you with a new perspective. This gets more into the head of johnny cash, a psychological view of what made him tick. So well written that it brought a new view to the stories I have read before many times. A sense of being in his head as I heard the stories as if for the first time
I'm having a hard time focusing on the book itself because the narrator is so monotone and dull that I'm zoning out. I'd say the book is interesting enough, and would probably be even more enjoyable with a livelier narrator.
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