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Johnny Cash's voluminous recordings rank as some of the best in country music history. Hundreds of his songs, including 'I Walk The Line', 'Five Feet High and Rising', 'Don't Take Your Guns to Town' and 'Folsom Prison Blues' are among the bedrock of the country music canon. Cash's songs tell stories - in his unmistakable tragicomic voice - that most writers can't tell in 500 pages: stories of hope, despair, vengeance, lust, God greed, violence, repentance and love. Up to the days directly preceding his death in September 2003, Cash continued to write and release acclaimed albums. His latter-day recordings garnered two Grammys and an MTV Video Music Award, while his final studio album, American IV, went gold in the US - confirming the allegiance of his fans, particularly young ones. His collaborations with producer Rick Rubin and American Records built bridges between generations and transcended musical styles. On these albums, Cash worked with contemporary rock singers including Nick Cave and Joe Strummer, and covered songs by acts as diverse as Nine Inch Nails, Soundgarden, Beck and Depeche Mode. With the 'American Recordings' series, Cash found thousands of young, loyal listeners who otherwise wouldn't consider themselves fans of country music. Johnny Cash: The Songs is an unprecedented collection of lyrics penned by 'The Man in Black' throughout a career which spanned six decades. It confirms Cash's legendary status as an icon in music and excellently demonstrates why he is now regarded by many as one of the world's great poets.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781840189933
ISBN-10: 1840189932
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 153mm x 32mm)
Pages: 384
Imprint: Mainstream Publishing
Publisher: Mainstream Publishing
Publish Date: 2-Jun-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Don Cusic

Journalist, songwriter, performer and professor Don Cusic is one of the foremost writers on country music. He is the author and editor of many books, including Eddy Arnold: I'll Hold You in My Heart, The Sound of Light: A History of Gospel and Christian Music, Willie Nelson: Lyrics 1957-1994, Merle Haggard: Poet of the Common Man and Hank Williams: The Complete Lyrics. He lives in Nashville.

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