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"House of Cash" is an unprecedented look at the life and inspirations of the Man in Black, by none other than his namesake son. Gathering together previously unpublished photographs, lyrics, art, notes, and recollections from the Cash family archives, Cash paints a portrait of his father's inner life, and the values he imparted to his son and family.


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"House of Cash" is an unprecedented look at the life and inspirations of the Man in Black, by none other than his namesake son. Gathering together previously unpublished photographs, lyrics, art, notes, and recollections from the Cash family archives, Cash paints a portrait of his father's inner life, and the values he imparted to his son and family.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Lucy

    The pictures and reproductions of notes written by Johnny Cash and poems and lyrics and other documents are lovely. The text rather frustratingly whitewashed a life that held a lot of hardship and was so clearly distilled by a son who is only famous because his father was Johnny Cash, a fact we would be unlikely to forget as he centered a lot of the narrative around himself. No doubt this is what John Carter Cash intended, but I was hoping for more of the legacies Johnny Cash left to the world, The pictures and reproductions of notes written by Johnny Cash and poems and lyrics and other documents are lovely. The text rather frustratingly whitewashed a life that held a lot of hardship and was so clearly distilled by a son who is only famous because his father was Johnny Cash, a fact we would be unlikely to forget as he centered a lot of the narrative around himself. No doubt this is what John Carter Cash intended, but I was hoping for more of the legacies Johnny Cash left to the world, rather than the semi-cogent legacies he more or less left to his son--the raging sentimentality not endearing him to me but rather encouraging me to skip the text and just look at the pictures. The dangers of biography, I suppose, especially of writing a biography of a family member.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    I really loved this. It was written by Johnny Cash's son and, while John Carter clearly loved his father, he seems to have seen him pretty clearly, too. He didn't pretend that Johnny Cash didn't have his stuggles in life. Plus, this book is just COOL. Lots of scans and inserts of Cash's writing (actually, this is kind of bad, too: I couldn't always read his handwriting!) and tons of photosl

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kaimyn

    I got this today but my grandma won't let me read it until Christmas so I've been holding it and stroking the pages the entire ride home

  4. 4 out of 5

    Bren

    A beautiful and stirring portrait of the Cash family. Deeply personal, obviously a labor of love. Should not be missed by any fan of Johnny and June Carter Cash. Five stars.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Doc Pastor

    Siempre es bueno acercarse a la figura de Johnny Cash, y en este caso es a través de los ojos de su propio hijo. Una forma distinta de adentrarse en el mundo del Hombre de Negro.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I really liked this book. It provided a beautiful insight into a wonderful man.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Juliaestrella

    While not providing too much new info, the book gave a few anecdotes showing Cash as Dad. For that, I was grateful.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    Three things I learned from reading this book: 1. I've learned that Kris Kristofferson recalling Johnny Cash's faith in him will do me in. Lots of tears. 2. I cannot read Johnny Cash song lyrics without having the songs stuck in my head for days. 3. I never doubted that Johnny Cash was flawed - I've heard his music after all! - but I had never stopped to think he may have had a soft side, a faith-based side, a supportive side, a humorous side. Great book FULL of photos, lyrics, and neat pages in Three things I learned from reading this book: 1. I've learned that Kris Kristofferson recalling Johnny Cash's faith in him will do me in. Lots of tears. 2. I cannot read Johnny Cash song lyrics without having the songs stuck in my head for days. 3. I never doubted that Johnny Cash was flawed - I've heard his music after all! - but I had never stopped to think he may have had a soft side, a faith-based side, a supportive side, a humorous side. Great book FULL of photos, lyrics, and neat pages in his writing that flip up, fold out, etc. There are even recipe cards!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Gale

    I have never seen a book like this before, with actual facsimiles of exact documents like personal letters in Cash's life in his handwriting, award certificates, birth, marriage & death certificates, contracts, awards, business documents. It made the book's value so much more. I was fascinated just looking at all of those. Johnny Cash is a lot more than just a country singer. He is very sentimental, emotional, strong-willed, large in stature, romantic, highly religious man who always chose to we I have never seen a book like this before, with actual facsimiles of exact documents like personal letters in Cash's life in his handwriting, award certificates, birth, marriage & death certificates, contracts, awards, business documents. It made the book's value so much more. I was fascinated just looking at all of those. Johnny Cash is a lot more than just a country singer. He is very sentimental, emotional, strong-willed, large in stature, romantic, highly religious man who always chose to wear black. He is persistent when he wants something...he won't give up such as when he decided the first time he saw June Carter. Then, he told her he would marry her some day. He was married to Roseanne Cash at that time. He related to people in prisons, having had some very hard times himself so he often sang there and wrote lyrics about prisons, trains and hard, poor times. He lost his best friend at 15, his brother. He could not handle the fame, drank heavily, smoked, and finally became a drug-addict, losing his friends and family and certainly his attractiveness to June. Many of his original songs in their original note-form in his own handwriting are in this material. Many love letters to June, hundreds of personal family photographs both in color and blackened white are on every page. His son, the person who organized and wrote narration for this photo-biography, did a magnificent job telling what his dad meant to him and how he saw his dad over the years. It was an excellent presentation, interesting, factual and fun as well as easy to read. I was amused most by the many, many times Johnny Cash made clear that "I do not want anyone to make a movie of my life." He thought he had lived way too much for anyone to get "his life" right. But, he did say if someone did make a movie anyway, he would definitely go see it.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Glenn

    There are no shortage of books written about Johnny Cash. What makes this one stand out is its author – his son, John Carter. As you can expect, there are stories here of a more intimate nature than usual. John Carter is a product of his father’s second marriage to June Carter. He talks about early memories as a child, life lessons that his father imparted. He speaks about how his father’s drug addiction became a major concern in the 1960’s. On the lighter side, many of his dad’s domestic intere There are no shortage of books written about Johnny Cash. What makes this one stand out is its author – his son, John Carter. As you can expect, there are stories here of a more intimate nature than usual. John Carter is a product of his father’s second marriage to June Carter. He talks about early memories as a child, life lessons that his father imparted. He speaks about how his father’s drug addiction became a major concern in the 1960’s. On the lighter side, many of his dad’s domestic interests are talked about – art appreciation, cooking, photography, and fishing – including a fishing adventure that could have ended badly. There is a nice section of photos included – mostly of the family, and also a section of reflections from some of the family and friends. John Carter has also written a memoir about his mother ‘Anchored in love : an intimate portrait of June Carter Cash’ also recommended.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Brent

    As others have said, this is a great book. It's an easy read and offers lots of first-hand accounts that only the sone of John R. Cash and June Carter Cash could share. There is a strong emphasis on how Johnny Cash's faith in God helped him get through his many struggles -- it always centered him. John Carter Cash doesn't try to gloss over his father's low-periods, but also talks about the utmost respect and love he has of his father. The facsimile documents are fantastic and look strikingly rea As others have said, this is a great book. It's an easy read and offers lots of first-hand accounts that only the sone of John R. Cash and June Carter Cash could share. There is a strong emphasis on how Johnny Cash's faith in God helped him get through his many struggles -- it always centered him. John Carter Cash doesn't try to gloss over his father's low-periods, but also talks about the utmost respect and love he has of his father. The facsimile documents are fantastic and look strikingly real. Very cool.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Thea Baker

    I love this book for exactly what it is! An account of Johnny Cash's life through his son. I love the copies of the notes and letters and all. Very original. I don't care what other reviews have said about the writing. It doesn't have to be great. And as far as being "whitewashed", I'm sure my account of my fathers life would seem as much also.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Justin

    Nice to get a few insights from his son. I especially enjoyed the material regarding the American Recordings.This probably won't be anything special if you aren't a Johnny Cash fan or if you haven't already read either his biography or autobiography

  14. 4 out of 5

    Edmund Davis-Quinn

    Very cool to learn more about Johnny Cash's life. Sounds like he had a very rich family life. And strong spiritual life. Great to see all the pictures over time and a lot of the writing. Very nice coffee table book, although glad I just checked it out rather than paying the full cost.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Liz Austin

    This is a must read/own for any Cash fan! Yes it tends to white-wash Cash's life just a bit, but it is told through the eyes of his son. It is just another step to truly understanding Johnny Cash the man and the legend.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Alexander Vorwald

    Read before and after went to Nashville, TN. The man did 6 decades of music and was a living legend. Also struggled with "who he is" and had his own issues with drugs.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Erbower Bower

    very good, quick read. there was a really good, lengthy chapter on the American Recordings which was a definite highlight.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    I cried through different parts of this book. What a beautiful tribute to an amazing artist and human being.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Diane Mueller

    I always enjoyed Johnny Cash and his music. It was interesting to read about him from his son's point of view. The book was full of fun tidbits.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Vi

    very original, like a museum in a book.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kristy

    This is a must read for any Johnny Cash fan.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    Great for any Cash fan!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sarah-Louise Kelly

    i found the writing to be a little lacklustre but the book itself is incredible, an absolute must for any fan and definitely a keepsake for me.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Joseph

    A good exposure to the more familial, spiritual, and romantic sides of the Man in Black. Interesting letters and photos are included.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Cavanagh

    I couldnt put it down. Very cool inside look into Cash the family man.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Paige Gregory

    Love this book! The pictures in this book are amazing!!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Karina Garza

    Found this book lovely and interesting. From writing about his drug addiction to his faith in God, Carter honored his father with the entire book.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Bobby Ray

  29. 4 out of 5

    Donny

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jared Yaple

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