- 出版社: W&N; Digital original (2013年10月31日)
- 平装: 688页
- 语种： 英语
- ISBN: 0297870661
- 条形码: 9780297870661
- 商品尺寸: 15.4 x 4 x 23.4 cm
- ASIN: 0297870661
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Johnny Cash: The Life (英语)
Johnny Cash was a man both extraordinary and ordinary. Every man could relate to him, no man could be him, and only one man could get inside his head: Robert Hilburn (Bono)
Robert Hilburn displays a deeply felt affinity with his subject, illuminating Johnny Cash as the moral compass of country music (Patti Smith)
A great story requires great storytelling, and that's exactly what it receives here. Ultimately, Robert Hilburn's biography uncannily resembles its subject: massive and stolid, but with a dangerous glint in its eye (Charles Shaar Murray Literary Review)
Johnny Cash and Robert Hilburn are two of the true blessings of my life. Both the best at what they do and each a gifted artist. It's a killer combination (Kris Kristofferson)
[T]he most authoritative and revealing portrait to date of the most chronicled figure in country-music history ... [a] finely wrought biography (Eddie Dean Wall Street Journal Europe)
Hilburn's biography has the sort of immense scope and tremendous insight that comes from years of interviewing such a truthful, troubling subject (Rob Fitzpatrick Sunday Times)
A warts-and-all biography follows Johnny Cash, a rebel and outsider, from one drama to the next. It's a must-read (Will Hodgkinson The Times)
Rock biographies can feel like they are ten-a-penny so it is a refreshing change to read a meaty no-holds barred, non-sycophantic record of legendary Man in Black Johnny Cash ... The wealth of detail on every page, in ever incident of Cash's life (1932-2002) is both impressive and a joy to read. Unlike so many biographies that are reported incidents jigsawed together, this is almost an eyewitness account with not always favourable opinions, perfecting its colour and gravitas (Nicole Carmichael Sunday Express)
How do you write an interesting biography of such a beloved figure? First, hire Robert Hilburn. He is a prodigious researcher, but keeps a steady hand on the tiller, and never allows his research to swamp his narrative. He knows his music and music history, but unlike far too many music critics, he avoids the temptation to show off (The Economist)
Hilburn has pulled off the rare feat of making the dispassionate truth more extraordinary than the myth (Andy Fyfe Mojo)
Robert Hilburn was a music critic and pop music editor for the Los Angeles Times for more than three decades, and has worked closely with pop music legends, including Elton John, Bono, Michael Jackson, John Lennon and Johnny Cash.
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I found the beginning and end of the book compelling reading. The end was particularly evocative, beautiful and sad. In between, I found myself skimming a fair amount, particularly quoted reviews of Johnny Cash albums and quoted song lyrics--which I didn't think advanced the life story much. I liked the details of how his classic songs were put together, but I wasn't too much interested in the details of the songs that were lesser known. I think if the author would have gotten rid of 20% of the manuscript, always asking himself if what he was writing significantly added to or was necessary to our knowledge and understanding of Johnny Cash's life, this would have been a excellent book versus very good.
I recommend this if you are a fan. You will get plenty of details.
The book is divided into five section and each section is divided into chapters. Section five is interesting because it focuses on the last years of Cash's life when he started recording with super producer Rick Rubin on the American Recordings collection. I suggest that if you do not already own this five disc collection you might want to purchase it because Rubin really gives great information to how songs were picked, how they were recorded and while listening to the different songs you are reading Cash's opinions of the music. It is a very interesting way to listen to the music.