Johnny Cash

The Life In Lyrics

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By Johnny Cash

Contributions by John Carter Cash

With Mark Stielper

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The life of the Man in Black revealed by his lyrics and by rare photographs and ephemera, in a lavishly illustrated edition authorized by the Cash estate
Johnny Cash is one of the most beloved and influential country-music stars of all time, having composed more than six hundred songs and sold more than ninety million records. He received twenty-nine gold, platinum, and multiplatinum awards for his recordings and has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Country Music Hall of Fame, and the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
This is the first time Cash’s fifty years of songwriting have been collected anywhere; this book includes the lyrics to 125 songs and the stories behind them. Perhaps more than any other American artist, he spoke to the soul of the nation as well as to the triumphs and challenges of his own life. These pages explore Cash’s range as a poet and storyteller, taking readers from his early life and first successes through periods of personal challenge, activism, and faith. The result is a profound understanding of Johnny Cash as a man and an artist, as well as the American story he helped shape. 

An essential collectible that sheds new light on Cash’s life and work, this book includes rare visual material in addition to remembrances from Cash’s son, John Carter Cash, “family historian” Mark Stielper. Released for the twentieth anniversary of the legendary musician’s passing, it will be a landmark in music publishing


  • "A lavishly illustrated biography of the iconic country singer.… Readers will finish the book with a deeper understanding of his art.… Invaluable insight into one of the major figures in American music."—Kirkus Starred Review

On Sale
Nov 14, 2023
Page Count
384 pages

Johnny Cash

About the Author

Johnny Cash (1932-2003) was an American singer and songwriter who is one of the best-selling musical artists of all time. He sold more than 90 million records worldwide and composed more than 600 songs.  He received 29 gold, platinum, and multi-platinum awards for his recordings and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Country Music Hall of Fame, and the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  Cash was also a successful actor, writer, and activist. His lifelong support for SOS Children’s Villages, a nonprofit supporting and advocating for children in need, led to the creation of the Johnny Cash Memorial Fund to carry on that legacy after his death.

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