by Sukey HowardDecember, 2005
Just As I Am
Johnny Cash is an American legend, an American icon His voice was America's voice, just as America's voice was his. Though he took on mythical proportions, the flesh and blood Cash was a complex and compelling figure who never hid his shortcomings. And though The Man Called Cash is an authorized biography, author Steve Turner reveals the real man, forged by his failings and his faith. For more than four decades, this sharecropper's son shaped country music and set a standard of integrity for all popular music. He lived with pain physical and emotional, he struggled with drugs and alcohol, but rose above it all, turning his rough, gritty life into music that spoke to everyone, using his musical force to give support to those in need, becoming an inspiration to prisoners and presidents. Narrator Rex Linn has just enough country in his voice to catch the Cash spirit.