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Johnny Cash : the redemption of an American icon
Publication Information:
Washington, DC : Salem Books, an imprint of Regnery Publishing, 2019
Physical Description:
359 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Introduction -- Prologue -- The grapes of Cash -- Cottoning to Christ -- Meet me in Heaven -- Finding his voice -- High school confidential -- The man in blue -- A cherry pink and apple blossom white dream -- Cash rich and spiritually poor -- I walk the line -- Go west young man -- Say goodbye to Hollywood -- The black hole -- One man, two personalities -- El Paso times -- End of the line -- Free man freefall -- The cave -- Cleanup time -- Folsom -- Good times, bad times -- Country superstar -- Brother Billy and Tricky Dick -- A cog in the wheel -- Let's talk about Jesus -- The Gospel Road -- A C-plus Christian -- Fair to middling -- A contrast in kings -- Swimming in different directions -- Where's Waldo? -- Rock bottom and top of the pops -- Kicked to the curb -- Into the fire -- Then came Branson -- The wanderer comes home -- Resurrection -- Hip icon -- (Spiritual) house of Cash -- The man comes around -- Unspeakable faith -- Epilogue.
At the peak of his career, Cash had done it all--living the ultimate rags-to-riches story of growing up on a cotton farm in the Deep South to becoming a Nashville and Hollywood sensation, singing alongside heroes like Elvis Presley and performing for several American presidents. But through all of this, Cash was troubled. By the time he released the iconic Man in Black album in 1971, the middle-aged icon was broken down, hollow-eyed, and wrung out. In his search for peace, Cash became embroiled in controversy. He was arrested five times in seven years. His drug- and alcohol-induced escapades led to car accidents and a forest fire that devastated 508 acres. His time was divided between Jesus and jail, gospel tunes and the "Cocaine Blues." But by the end of his life, Cash was speaking openly about his "unshakeable faith." What caused the superstar to turn from his conflicting passions to embrace a life in Christ? This book dives deep into the singer's inner demons, triumphs, and gradual return to faith. Laurie interviews Cash's family, friends, and business associates to reveal how the singer's true success came through finding the only person whose star was bigger than his own.
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