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Johnny Cash remains one of the most recognizable artists in the world Starting in 1956 he released an album every year until his death in 2003 In addition to these albums there were also some posthumous releases in the years after his death From rockabilly to country folk to comedy gospel to classical the prolific Cash touched them all His hit singles crossed over from country to pop as he transcended genres and became a superstar around the globe Cash skyrocketed from the beginning flying through the '60s until he was one of the country's biggest stars by the end of the decade Following his own muse through the '70s Cash slowly faded commercially until he nearly disappeared in the '80s Instead of giving up he made an incredible late career run in the '90s that took him into the new millennium along the way collaborating with various contemporary rock and pop artists His offstage problems often overshadowed the music and his addiction often takes center stage in the story pushing the music off the page But Johnny Cash FA celebrates the musical genius of Cash and takes a look at every album Cash released the stories behind the hits and how he sustained a fantastic nearly 50 year career

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  1. says:

    A very fast read for Johnny Cash fans I appreciated the author's emphasis on the music of the Man in Black It was almost a biography through song which is fitting for a man who spent so much time in the studio There are some great snippets of Johnny Cash interviews over songs and sessions and the author offers some interesting insight into Cash's career through highs and lows Especially interesting is the author's detailing of Cash's comeback in the 1990s Banister observes how Cash didn't really make any radical change he just kept doing what he did best and that persistence may have been a key factor in his career revival Sun and Columbia are covered in great detail though I do wish the Mercury albums received a bit attention At least the obscure Columbia albums Johnny 99 for instance get great coverage All in all this books fits nicely alongside Cash's autobiographies and other bios and offers insight into his recording sessions and motivation for the records

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    Johnny Cash FA by C Eric Banister is a 2014 Backbeat books publication I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review by the publisher and Netgalley So what else can we say about Johnny Cash? There was a movie about his life many books have been written about “The Man in Black” and documentaries and so on Well to be honest if there is one thing I have learned by reading these FA books released by Backbeat books it's that these books dig deep and are for the hardcore tried and true fans the ones who have all the music have seen all the shows and movies and read all the books However if you are not a trivia master this book is the best place to start if you want to know about this artist Once let me stress this is not a dry biography There are biographical chapters but this book isn't laid out that way and does not follow a strict chronological order Naturally we have to have some background on Johnny's life and the author goes through this briefly The main focus is the on Johnny's musical career which had very humble beginnings We learn who influenced Johnny and he had very broad taste in music “The Tennessee Three” Johnny's first band if you will went through many changes and each member is given space in the book Some folks stuck with Cash throughout most of his career in on capacity or other The Sun Record years gives a brief background of Sun Records and Sam Phillips which many are uite familiar with More famously known for signing Elvis Sun Records actually boasted a very successful group of musicians that also included Jerry Lee Lewis Eventually Cash and his group signed with Phillips and releases “Hey Porter” “Cry Cry Cry” and the group was given an advance of 330 WowRadio airplay followed as did live performances including a spot on the “ Grand Ole Opry” With a little success going for them Cash asked about increase in revenue but Sun records was a small independent studio and couldn't really afford So Cash who has wanted to release a gospel album something Phillips refused to do signed on with Columbia Records However something that could only have happened back then occurred Sun still had a back list of Johnny's music and would release those singles at the same time Columbia was releasing their music for Cash The overkill didn't seem to have a positive rather than negative effect From the sixties onward Johnny reinvented himself several times over Many saw him as folk artist and many viewed him as a country artist He went through phases and stages a divorce a remarriage prison drugs recovery movies TV shows and finally in the nineties he stepped out away from his normal collaborations and recorded “ Hurt” by Nine Inch Nails an incredibly dark anti drug song Toward the end of his life Johnny's main focus was on his gospel rootsWhile the Phrase “ It's been a long strange trip” will put most of you in mind of the Grateful Dead this could aptly describe Johnny Cash's life and career From rockabilly to gospel to folk to country to almost everything else in between Cash covered it all even a comedy and a children's album His personal life was fraught with drama a fight for his life battle with drugs and a stint in jail He experienced huge heights of success and low periods when nothing seemed to work But few people had such a long career or reached such a legendary status Cash was admired and respected by people from all categories of music he inspired many artist and mentored others He forged life long alliances with those behind the scenes as well as other artist He took criticism on some of his political leanings but was praised for his patriotism His life and career was utterly fascinating and I think anyone will enjoy reading this book whether you are a die hard fan or not As always this book was very well researched and organized In my digital review copy there are color photos of album covers some of which are rare I do not know if the kindle or nook versions will have the same lay out or if the print version will differ But this book was very nicely presented and I truly enjoyed it 5 stars

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    Subtitled All That’s Left to Know About the Man in Black Johnny Cash FA is a virtual encyclopedia on the country music legend Filled with rare photos and factoids spanning the full career of Cash this book fills in the gaps between the various Cash biographies actually offering up material I had never read before and I have read about everything available on Johnny Cash Beginning in 1956 Cash released an album every year until his death in 2003 uite an accomplishment but that’s only the beginning While many of the biographies on Johnny dwell on his substance abuse problems in the past this book chooses instead to celebrate the music of the Man in Black There are notes on every album he released during his nearly 50 year career as well as a run down of all of his musical collaborations including those with his wife June Carter Cash Johnny Cash FA is a welcome addition to any musical library and especially to those of us with a vast interest in popular music history Michael Buffalo Smith KUDZOO Magazine wwwkudzoomagcom