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People don’t just listen to Johnny Cash--they believe in him.

Although part of his life has been told on film, there are many compelling layers to his story that have remained hidden until now. Robert Hilburn tells the unvarnished truth about a musical icon whose personal life was far more troubled and his artistry much more profound than even his most devoted fans have realized. As music critic for the Los Angeles Times, Hilburn knew Cash well throughout his life, he was the only music journalist at the legendary Folsom Prison concert in 1968, and he interviewed him extensively just before Cash’s death in 2003.

Drawing upon his personal experience with Cash and a trove of never-before seen material from the singer’s inner circle, Hilburn gives us a compelling, human portrait of one of the most iconic figures in modern popular culture, not only a towering figure in country music, but also a seminal influence in rock.

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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.”


  • “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.