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Author: Robert Hilburn Narrator: Charles Pittard Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2013 ISBN: 9781478925095
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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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Between his love of music, his experience as one of the nation’s leading music critics, and his long personal friendship with the subject, there is no one on earth more qualified to write this definitive book on the roller-coaster life of Johnny Cash than Robert Hilburn. Between the amount of research and the degree of detail he’s put into this book, even Johnny would have learned something about himself if he were here to read it. Highly recommended!”

    Rick Rubin

  • “Robert Hilburn displays a deeply felt affinity with his subject, illuminating Johnny Cash as the moral compass of country music.”

    Patti Smith

  • “Johnny Cash was a man both extraordinary and ordinary. Every man could relate to him, no man could be him, and only one man could get inside his head like Robert Hilburn.”

    Bono

  • “Hilburn has written a brilliant story of an even more brilliant songwriter, warts and all.”

    Keith Richards

  • A 2014 ALA Notable Book for Adult Nonfiction
  • A Los Angeles Times bestseller
  • A 2013 NPR Best Book
  • NPR’s Great Reads, 2013
  • A 2013 Publishers Weekly Best Book for Nonfiction
  • Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books, Best in Entertainment 2013
  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week, October 2013
  • A New York Times bestseller

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About the Author

Robert Hilburn is a pop music critic and author. He was a critic and music editor for the Los Angeles Times for more than three decades and has reported extensively on pop music legends, including Elton John, Bono, Michael Jackson, John Lennon, and Johnny Cash.

About the Narrator

Charles Pittard is a director and actor who is known for his role in the film Sweet Bird of You. He also cowrote Nothing Men which received the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival production grant award for best screenplay.