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Johnny Cash: I See a Darkness

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Staff Pick

Reinhard Kleist gives us a dark and nuanced portrait of the Man in Black, with stunning black-and-white artwork that perfectly complements the retelling of Johnny Cash's life. Interspersed among the narrative are short selections of illustrated song lyrics that add yet another dimension to the story.
Recommended by Mary Jo, Powells.com

Reinhard Kleist has created a compelling biography of Johnny Cash's life. Melding surreal dream sequences with factual events reveals the inspiration behind many of Cash's classics. Better than I Walk the Line and Cash: An Autobiography. Kleist's graphic novel has raised the bar for everyone else in the field of biography.
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The first and only illustrated biography of "The Man in Black", Johnny Cash, the most famous country singer of all time
 
Cash was a 17-time Grammy winner who sold more than 90 million albums in his lifetime and became an icon of American music in the 20th century. Graphic novelist Reinhard Kleist depicts Johnny Cashs eventful life from his early sessions with Elvis Presley (1956), through the concert in Folsom Prison (1968), his spectacular comeback in the 1990s, and the final years before his death on September 12, 2003.

Already a bestseller and award-winner in Europe, Johnny Cash: I See a Darkness vividly portrays the unpredictable life of a loner, patriot, outlaw, and music rebel, making this unique biography a compelling read for multiple generations of graphic novel and music fans.

Review:

"Kleist taps into the mythic quality of the Man in Black's rise from impoverished farming in Depression-era Arkansas to his early success in the 1950s, pulling no punches depicting Cash's drug dependency and the gradual erosion of his first marriage thanks to constant touring and run-ins with the law. He takes readers through Cash's evolution as an artist whose work and social consciousness reflected the changing and volatile times in his troubled country. There are few figures in the history of 20th-century American music whose impact and appeal bore the resonance of Cash's, and this stark and stunning graphic novel — winner of several awards in Europe — is a marvel of visual storytelling that does great honor to both his distinctively American epic of triumph and tragedy and to the universality of the songs he sang. A solid winner from cover to cover, this effort is highly recommended for just about anyone intrigued by an American icon." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Already a bestselling work in Europe, "Johnny Cash: I See a Darkness" vividly portrays the unpredictable life of a loner, patriot, outlaw, and music rebel, making this unique biography a compelling read for multiple generations of graphic novel and music fans.

About the Author

Reinhard Kleist is a multi-award-winning graphic novel author and artist. His previous books include Havanna, Lovecraft, and Amerika. He lives in Berlin.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780810984639
Author:
Kleist, Reinhard
Publisher:
ABRAMS
Subject:
General
Subject:
Composers & Musicians - General
Subject:
Nonfiction
Subject:
Graphic Novels
Subject:
Country musicians -- United States.
Subject:
Graphic Novels-Nonfiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20091031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 8 up to 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
220 black-and-white illustrations
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
240 x 170 x 1 in 1.51 lb
Age Level:
from 13 up to 99

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Product details 224 pages ABRAMS - English 9780810984639 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Reinhard Kleist gives us a dark and nuanced portrait of the Man in Black, with stunning black-and-white artwork that perfectly complements the retelling of Johnny Cash's life. Interspersed among the narrative are short selections of illustrated song lyrics that add yet another dimension to the story.

"Staff Pick" by ,

Reinhard Kleist has created a compelling biography of Johnny Cash's life. Melding surreal dream sequences with factual events reveals the inspiration behind many of Cash's classics. Better than I Walk the Line and Cash: An Autobiography. Kleist's graphic novel has raised the bar for everyone else in the field of biography.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Kleist taps into the mythic quality of the Man in Black's rise from impoverished farming in Depression-era Arkansas to his early success in the 1950s, pulling no punches depicting Cash's drug dependency and the gradual erosion of his first marriage thanks to constant touring and run-ins with the law. He takes readers through Cash's evolution as an artist whose work and social consciousness reflected the changing and volatile times in his troubled country. There are few figures in the history of 20th-century American music whose impact and appeal bore the resonance of Cash's, and this stark and stunning graphic novel — winner of several awards in Europe — is a marvel of visual storytelling that does great honor to both his distinctively American epic of triumph and tragedy and to the universality of the songs he sang. A solid winner from cover to cover, this effort is highly recommended for just about anyone intrigued by an American icon." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Already a bestselling work in Europe, "Johnny Cash: I See a Darkness" vividly portrays the unpredictable life of a loner, patriot, outlaw, and music rebel, making this unique biography a compelling read for multiple generations of graphic novel and music fans.
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