Wasn't expecting a lot out of this book, but actually found it fascinating. It isn't page by page list of everything he's done in his life. It's more reflective and I think gave a very good picture of what his life has become. He tells about his family and relationships, how he now spends his time, how his values developed directly from his roots. It is thoughtful, well-written, and most interesting.
This is an excellent look into the life of a singer who was a national treasure. It is honest, heartbreaking, and uplifting. Any Johnny Cash fan MUST read this book!
I love Johnny Cash!! Of course, I am not from his generation, but was brought up in the country and have come to love him and his beliefs through his more recents projects including his posthumous movie. This book is an easy read and told from his POV about his life on the road and the characters he encountered along the way. A great read!
This was a very well written account of Johnny Cash's life. You could hear him speaking the book to you as I read it. I really enjoyed it, it was not preachy or egotistical, it was plainly written just as it should be expected.
When death starts beating the door down, you need to be reaching for your shotgun," writes the Man in Black, the American country icon who still performs tough-talking story-songs like "Folsom Prison Blues" and "A Boy Named Sue" on his tours. Unsurprisingly, the famously Christian Cash (he has often performed at Billy Graham crusades and has written a novel--The Man in White--based on the life of Saint Paul) reveals himself to be a man possessed of a heartfelt yet idiosyncratic spirituality, one that can accommodate both a belief in ghosts and a literal interpretation of the Bible. Cash is less interested here in recounting the details of his personal and public lives than he is with taking the reader to a handful of his favorite places, moving softly through the memories of a singer's regret-laden years on booze and pills, getting himself in the mood to reflect by describing the surroundings in which he writes. The result is a gentle, moving memoir that may frustrate some fans of Cash and of the Sun Records-era Memphis that saw his rise to fame, as the book only touches on Cash's relationships with those whose stardom eclipsed his own--Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and (later on) Bob Dylan. The reader senses Cash's formidable presence in every terse phrase, however, as a melancholy calm pervades the narrative. 200,000 first printing; Literary Guild selection; author tour.