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Best Johnny Cash Books – Biographies and More!

Best Johnny Cash Books

This week marks the anniversary of the death of singer Johnny Cash in 2003… In honor of the prolific American singer / songwriter, here are some of the best Johnny Cash books — including both biographies and books by the songwriter.

Counting down through the Top 10 Best Johnny Cash Books … 

Best Johnny Cash Books

5. Johnny Cash: The Life and Legacy of the Man in Black  (Smithsonian Books)

by Alan Light

An illustrated biography of Johnny Cash that tells his life story through never-before-seen personal photographs and memorabilia from the Cash family

Johnny Cash: The Life and Legacy of the Man in Black is a Cash biography like no other. It reveals Cash’s personal and professional life through largely unpublished material from the Cash family, including his handwritten notes and set lists; personal photographs of Cash with his family, traveling, and performing onstage; and beloved objects from his home and private recording studio. Alan Light, one of America’s leading music journalists, traces Cash’s story from his origins in rural Arkansas to his early recordings with Sun Records; from his battles with drug dependency and divorce to his romance with June Carter; and from his commercial musical successes, including At Folsom Prison and American Recordings, to his death and legacy. The book also includes vignettes on four sustaining themes of Cash’s life: his musical influences, his social justice advocacy, his relationship with June, and his religious beliefs. Rich and revealing, Johnny Cash: The Life and Legacy of the Man in Black is ideal for all those who want to learn more about the personal side of the beloved performer.


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IMAGE CREDIT: Detail from cover of Robert Hilburn’s biography, Johnny Cash – The Life. [ BUY NOW ]



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