Johnny Cash

The Life
By Robert Hilburn (Electronic Book, 2013)
The national bestseller celebrated as "the ultimate Johnny Cash biography....Rock writer great Robert Hilburn goes deep." -- Rolling Stone

In this, the definitive biography of an American legend, Robert Hilburn conveys the unvarnished truth about a musical superstar. Johnny Cash's extraordinary career stretched from his days at Sun Records with Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis to the remarkable creative last hurrah, at age 69, that resulted in the brave, moving "Hurt" video.

As music critic for the Los Angeles Times, Hilburn knew Cash throughout his life: he was the only music journalist at the legendary Folsom Prison concert in 1968, and he interviewed both Cash and his wife June Carter just months before their deaths. Drawing upon a trove of never-before-seen material from the singer's inner circle, Hilburn creates an utterly compelling, deeply human portrait of a towering figure in country music, a seminal influence in rock, and an icon of American popular culture. Hilburn's reporting shows the astonishing highs and deep lows that marked the journey of a man of great faith and humbling addiction who throughout his life strove to use his music to lift people's spirits.
  • Little, Brown and Company
    • Format: Electronic Book

    • Price: $14.99 US/$14.99 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9780316248693

    • On Sale Date: 10/29/2013

    • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

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The national bestseller celebrated as "the ultimate Johnny Cash biography....Rock writer great Robert Hilburn goes deep." -- Rolling Stone

In this, the definitive biography of an American legend, Robert Hilburn conveys the unvarnished truth about a musical superstar. Johnny Cash's extraordinary career stretched from his days at Sun Records with Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis to the remarkable creative last hurrah, at age 69, that resulted in the brave, moving "Hurt" video.

As music critic for the Los Angeles Times, Hilburn knew Cash throughout his life: he was the only music journalist at the legendary Folsom Prison concert in 1968, and he interviewed both Cash and his wife June Carter just months before their deaths. Drawing upon a trove of never-before-seen material from the singer's inner circle, Hilburn creates an utterly compelling, deeply human portrait of a towering figure in country music, a seminal influence in rock, and an icon of American popular culture. Hilburn's reporting shows the astonishing highs and deep lows that marked the journey of a man of great faith and humbling addiction who throughout his life strove to use his music to lift people's spirits.

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.
  • Praise for CORN FLAKES WITH JOHN LENNON

    "So many great memories came flooding back to me when I read 'Corn Flakes.'  A must read for genuine music lovers."

  • "Hilburn's amazing resilience and commitment for music shines through his decades of reportage and reviews of music."

  • "I've always felt that Robert Hilburn made the utmost effort in capturing how artists ticked.  I felt he always cut to the real chase without chasing so to speak."

Product Details

Johnny Cash
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Price: $14.99 US/$14.99 CAN
  • Pages: 688
  • ISBN-13: 9780316248693
  • On Sale Date: 10/29/2013
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