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 realised. 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.
'A brilliant story of an even more brilliant songwriter' Keith Richards 'Hilburn displays a deeply felt affinity with his subject' Patti Smith 'The definitive book on the roller-coaster life of Cash' Rick Rubin In JOHNNY CASH: THE LIFE, Robert Hilburn conveys the untarnished truth about a musical icon. Drawing upon his personal experience with Cash and a trove of never-before-seen material from the singer's inner circle, Hilburn creates an utterly compelling, deeply human portrait of one of the most influential figures in modern popular culture. 'Johnny Cash ...Every man could relate to him, no man could be him, and only one man could get inside his head - Robert Hilburn' Bono 'A great story requires great storytelling, and that's exactly what it receives here' Charles Shaar Murray, LITERARY REVIEW
Robert Hilburn, hudební kritik Los Angeles Times poznal Johnnyho Cashe opravdu z blízka. Byl jediným novinářem na legendárním koncertě ve věznici Folsom Prison a byl posledním, kdo dělal s Cashem a jeho ženou June Carterovou rozhovor zhruba měsíc před jejich smrtí. Je tedy více než zasvěceným průvodcem životem Johhnyho Cashe od těžkého dětství přes hudební úspěchy a osobní problémy až po nelehké stáří. Charles. R. Cross (autor knihy Těžší než nebe: Biografie Kurta Cobaina): "Trýznivý příběh závislosti, hudebního génia a pevné víry, který jde daleko hlouběji než jakýkoli životopisný film."
'There's no tougher a mind, no more tender a voice than Paul Simon, and there's no better man than Robert Hilburn to decipher the hardwiring of this hyperintellect...great songs can never be fully explained, but the great man on his way to find those songs surely can.' -BonoThrough such hits as "The Sound of Silence," "Bridge Over Troubled Water," "Still Crazy After All These Years," and "Graceland," Paul Simon has spoken to us in songs for a half-century about alienation, doubt, survival, and faith in ways that have established him as one of the most honoured and beloved songwriters in American pop music history. Yet Simon has refused to talk to potential biographers and urged those close to him to also remain silent. But Simon not only agreed to talk to biographer Robert Hilburn for what has amounted to more than sixty hours, he also encouraged his family and friends to sit down for in-depth interviews.Paul Simon is a revealing account of the challenges and sacrifices of artistry at the highest level. He has also lived a roller-coaster life of extreme ups and downs. We not only learn Paul's unrelenting drive to achieve artistry, but also the subsequent struggles to protect that artistry against distractions - fame, wealth, marriage, divorce, drugs, complacency, public rejection, self-doubt - that have frequently derailed pop stars and each of which he encountered. From dominating the charts with Art Garfunkel and a successful reinvention as a solo artist, to his multiple marriages and highly publicized second divorce from Carrie Fisher, this book covers all aspects of this American icon.'When it comes to writing songs, no one does it better than Paul Simon. Robert Hilburn's is a wise and winning account of our most nimble, nuanced, and numinous poet-musician.' -Paul Muldoon'A tantalizing look into the mind and writing process of the man who is arguably the finest craftsman of the American popular song since the Gershwin brothers, this book will delight any Paul Simon fan or student of popular culture.' -Linda Ronstadt