The man in black


Johnny Cash, written by Patrick Carr.

The autobiography of Johnny Cash titled "Cash" was written by Patrick Carr. The book was released October 7th 2003. Just one month after the tragic country stars death.

Johnny's early years.

Johnny Cash was born February 26th, in Kingsland Arkansas. The son of poor Southern Babtist sharecroppers, Cash, one of seven children born to Ray and Carrie Rivers Cash moved with his family at the age of 3 to Dyess, Arkansas, so that his father could take advantage of the New Deal farming program instituted by President Roosevelt. There, the Cash family had 20 acres where they grew cotton and other seasonal crops. Johnny picked up his first guitar at the age of 12. Realizing that Johnny had a specialty in music, Carrie scrounged up enough money for Johnny to have singing lessons. After only three lessons, Johnny's instructor told him to stop taking lessons and to never stray from his own voice. In 1950, Cash joined the air force and trained in Texas where he met his first wife. After his discharge in 1954, Cash settled in Memphis, Tennessee where he married Vivian. He formed a band, then they soon got their first record deal.

Johnny's career.

Johnny was a musical superstar by the early 1960's. Cash was on the road 300 nights out of the year. He also appeared chronically on The Grand Ol Oprey, The longest lasting most popular radio station. Sadly, because of Johnny's frequent absence, Vivian filed for divorce in 1966. Johnny returned to Memphis where his life continued to spiral out of control. The following year, after a long drug binge, Cash was discovered in a near death state by a police officer in Georgia. Cash also attempted to smuggle amphetamines across the US Mexico border and got arrested. Not to mention accidentally starting a forest fire in Tennessee.

Cash's rejuvenation.

The turning point of Cash's drug abuse and depression came around 1967, when he met singer songwriter June Carter. June carter became June Cash in 1968 when the couple married.With the help of June, Johnny kicked his drug habits, and became a devout Christian fundamentalist. That same year, Cash was rewarded two Grammy awards. In March, 1970, the couple had the first and only child. He was named John Carter Cash. In 1983, Cash underwent abdominal surgery for his years of amphetamine use. In May 2003, June Carter passed. Just a week before His death in September, Johnny released an album titled," Once June passed".


Almost anybody who enjoys a true story of a famous musician should enjoy this book. Especially if they're a Johnny Cash fan.

Quote from the book.

Also interesting, for me at least, were the parallels between Paul and myself. He went out to conquer the world in the name of Jesus Christ; we in the music business, or at least those of uswith my kind of drive, want our music heard all over the world. He was a man who always had a mission, who would never stop, who was always going here, going there, starting this, planning that; a life of ease and retirement wasn't on his agenda, just as it isn't on mine. I'm much more interested in keeping on down the roads I know and whatever new ones might reveal themselves to me, trying to tap that strength Paul found; the power of God that's inside me, that's there for me if only I seek it.

Did I like the book?

Yes. Very interesting and exiting. Keeps you reading.


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