Cash by Rolling Stone Magazine

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Sinner. Saint. Outlaw. Rebel.Voice of protest. Man of faith.

Johnny Cash is a giant of American music. In a testament to his life and legend, the editors of Rolling Stone magazine have compiled Cash.

Since its inception in the late 1960s, Rolling Stone has followed Cash's career, writing about him in settings that ranged from San Quentin prison to a glitzy Vegas hotel. Through the years, Rolling Stone has treated Cash not just as a country music star but a rock & roll icon, whose drug-fueled antics, black clothes and rebel stance have made him a hero to generation after generation of rock fans.

More than than the Man in Black image, it's the substance of Cash's music that make him one of the greatest musical figures of the past 50 years--the resonance of his deep voice, the driving beat of his simple, powerful songs, the fighting spirit of his lyrics, and his commitment to social justice. Johnny Cash defied convention and expectation at every phase of his career, and Cash chronicles all of it.

Cash brings together personal recollections from those who knew him best with the insights of some of America's finest music journalists. A moving foreword by daughter Rosanne reveals Cash as a loving, devoted dad who taught his kids to waterski and made homemade ice cream for them on summer evenings. From the Cash family archive we have Valentine's notes to his daughters from the road and many never before seen photographs. A visit with Johnny and June's only son, John Carter Cash, at the family's rustic cabin studio in Tennessee, provides an intimate look at his parent's drive to create new music until the very end of their lives. Moving personal tributes from Bob Dylan, Bono, Merle Haggard, Al Gore, Emmylou Harris, Tom Petty, Sheryl Crow, and Steve Earle show the scope of the people who Cash considered his friends. Mikal Gilmore's "The Man in Black" is a lengthy and thoughtful examination of the full scope of Cash's life and work. Robert Hilburn's 1973 interview "Nothing Can Take the Place of the Human Heart" was conducted in a Las Vegas hotel suite and shows Cash at the peak of his game. David Fricke's interview with producer Rick Rubin offers moving insight into the a remarkable, ten-year relationship between him and Cash that produced some of the finest albums of his career. Greg Kot's exhaustive annotated discography examines all of his classics and unearths hidden treasures among the hundreds of albums Cash recorded. Excerpts from Cash's autobiography let the man speak to his life in his own words. And editor Jason Fine's "A Day in the Life" is a visit with Cash at home less than a year before his death.

Johnny Cash left this world on September 12, 2003, but he left behind songs that charts the highs and lows of the human experience, and that speak to Americans young and old. Cash is the essential tribute to the Man in Black from Rolling Stone, a magazine that has long chronicled the life, career, and influence of this great American man.

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Published May 11, 2004 by Crown Archetype. 224 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Chambliss convinces Julie to bring Stump to the church to be cured by the laying on of hands.

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He also highlights the pioneering work of Philadelphia’s Juvenile Law Center, a nonprofit that played a significant role in ensuring that justice finally prevailed: Ciavarella was convicted on 12 counts of racketeering and money laundering, and he was sentenced to 28 years in prison.

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“My house was being battered,” he wrote, “ravens constantly croaking ill omens at our door.” Enlarge This Image The singer and songwriter Rosanne Cash — her father was Johnny Cash — heard similar croaks from the time she was born.

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Publishers Weekly

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Gleason's 1969 column on "Johnny Cash at San Quentin" to a thoughtful and revealing new interview with Rick Rubin, the rap/metal producer behind Cash's mostly acoustic albums in the 1990s.

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Bookmarks Magazine

In addition to her twelve albums of music, Rosanne Cash has written a book of short stories, a children's book, and various essays.

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Thomas Briggs' personal memoir, Cash on Delivery, gives a rare and valuable glimpse into American involvement in the little publicized secret war in southern Laos, Military Region III.

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ForeWord Reviews

(In the not-distant past, education majors at the University of Scranton were told that if they hoped to get a teaching job in the region, they better include $5,000 cash with their applications.) Ecenbarger skillfully sorts out the too-clever money-laundering scheme and identifies the culprits...

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Columbia Journalism Review

We maintain a strict separation between them.” He added, “In 25 years, I’ve never had a political agency call up here and say, ‘We’re not going to do business with you’ as a result of anything our news organization has done.” Dennis, the news director, could not recall any KUSA reports that ...

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Columbia Journalism Review

Earlier this week, Politico’s John VandeHei and Mike Allen wrote a smart story about what they described as the “Hell No” caucus—the group of hardline conservatives in Congress willing to defy Republican leadership rather than compromise with Barack Obama on taxes and spending.

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