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Johnny Cash: The Life

Johnny Cash: The Life

Hardback ALA Notable Books for Adults

By (author) Robert Hilburn

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  • Publisher: Little Brown and Company
  • Format: Hardback | 688 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 239mm x 43mm | 794g
  • Publication date: 29 October 2013
  • ISBN 10: 0316194751
  • ISBN 13: 9780316194754
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Sales rank: 124,103

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The national bestseller celebrated as "the ultimate Johnny Cash biography....Rock writer great Robert Hilburn goes deep." "-- Rolling Stone" In this, the definitive biography of an American legend, Robert Hilburn conveys the unvarnished truth about a musical superstar. Johnny Cash's extraordinary career stretched from his days at Sun Records with Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis to the remarkable creative last hurrah, at age 69, that resulted in the brave, moving "Hurt" video. As music critic for the "Los Angeles Times, "Hilburn knew Cash throughout his life: he was the only music journalist at the legendary Folsom Prison concert in 1968, and he interviewed both Cash and his wife June Carter just months before their deaths. Drawing upon a trove of never-before-seen material from the singer's inner circle, Hilburn creates an utterly compelling, deeply human portrait of a towering figure in country music, a seminal influence in rock, and an icon of American popular culture. Hilburn's reporting shows the astonishing highs and deep lows that marked the journey of a man of great faith and humbling addiction who throughout his life strove to use his music to lift people's spirits.

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Robert Hilburn was the chief music critic and pop music editor for the "Los Angeles Times" for more than three decades. The author of the bestselling memoir "Cornflakes with John Lennon," Hilburn has reported extensively on most of pop music's legends, including Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Elton John, Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, U2, and Johnny Cash.

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"Hilburn's experience as a journalist and music critic yields a detailed, readable account, avoiding the overly stylized prose that sometimes undermines music biographies. His solid critical instincts offer insight.... Hilburn offers a straightforward sobering look at Cash's dramatic physical decline...." -- "Pittsburgh Post-Gazette"