Synopses & Reviews
Johnny Cash is bigger than life, surrounded by myths and legends, a notoriously hard-drinking, hard-drugging man who sings searing songs of death, loss, God, and work. Since his debut in 1955, he has come to embody country music as well as the spirit of defiance and rebellion that drives rock, and has garnered an immense audience along the way, selling more than fifty million albums and winning ten Grammy awards. He is universally acknowledged as one of the musical giants of the century. In Ring of Fire, some of our best music writers consider Cash decade by decade in a collection of thirty-two classic articles and essays. They follow him from his birth in 1932 to his meteoric rise to fame in the late '60s and early '70s, through his two-decade slump and his musical resurgence in the 1990s.
"[Cash's] humility and restless nature dominate every tale, proving that after forty-seven years in the spotlight, the Man in Black remains one of music's most fascinating and elusive figures."Entertainment Weekly
"It's high time for a comprehensive anthology of essays and interviews about [Johnny Cash]. Ring of Fire is a good one."Austin Chronicle
"A fascinating read."Seattle Times Post-Intelligencer
A collection of classic writings on the Man in Black, Johnny Cash, by a list of music writers. They consider Cash decade by decade, from his birth in 1932, through his meteoric rise to fame in the 1960s and early 1970s, through his two-decade slump and his resurgence in the 1990s.
A collection of classic writings on the Man in Black, Johnny Cash, by a stellar list of music writers, including Ralph Gleason, Robert Johnson, Nick Tosches, Alanna Nash, Jon Pareles, and Ben Ratliff
About the Author
Michael Streissguth is the author of Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison, editor of Ring of Fire, and an associate professor of English at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York.