Johnny Cash by Michael Streissguth
The Biography

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To millions, he was the rebellious Man in Black, the unabashed patriot, the redeemed Christian-the king of country music. But Johnny Cash (1932-2003) was also an uncertain country boy whose dreams were born in the cotton fields of Arkansas and who struggled his entire life with a guilt-ridden childhood, addictions, and self-doubt. Johnny Cash: The Biography explores many often overlooked aspects of the legend’s life and career, uncovering the origins of his songwriting and trademark boom-chicka-boom rhythm and delving into the details of his personal life, including his drug dependency, which dogged him long after many thought he’d beaten it. Scrupulously researched, passionately told, Johnny Cash: The Biography is the unforgettable portrait of an enduring American icon.

About Michael Streissguth

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Michael Streissguth is a professor in the department of Communication and Film Studies at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY. He is the author of several books including Johnny Cash: The Biography (Da Capo, 2006). He has produced two documentary films: Record Paradise (2012) and Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison (2008).
Published September 4, 2007 by Da Capo Press. 370 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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A biography of Johnny Cash doesn’t shy away from his dark side.

Oct 15 2006 | Read Full Review of Johnny Cash: The Biography

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This may not be the definitive biography of the legendary Man In Black, but it is the best I have read to date.

Nov 02 2007 | Read Full Review of Johnny Cash: The Biography

Entertainment Weekly

Is it possible to demythologize Johnny Cash — separating fact from the fibs and legends in previous books and biopics — while letting the Man in Black remain slightly larger than life?

Sep 13 2006 | Read Full Review of Johnny Cash: The Biography

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