Ring of Fire: The Johnny Cash Reader

There have been many Johnny Cashes — pill-popping rockabilly rebel, affable country superstar, Bible-quoting family man, prison-reform spokesman, alternative-rock icon — and this collection of articles from 1956 to 2001 tries to find the link that connects them. Some swing and miss wildly, like a 1969 New York Times assertion that ”few of the songs Cash has written are superlative.” Most of these writers acknowledge the unflinching honesty of his art, but it’s the articles that include Cash’s own recollections of his drug problems and the flood that threatened his family farm that carry the most weight. His humility and restless nature dominate every tale, proving that after 47 years in the spotlight, the Man in Black remains one of music’s most fascinating and elusive figures. B

Ring of Fire: The Johnny Cash Reader
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