Rock Reads: The Resurrection of Johnny Cash: Hurt, Redemption, and American Recordings by Graeme Thomson

Reviewed by Kevin Wierzbicki

.
By now the legacy of Johnny Cash is well-known as the late Man in Black has taken his rightful place in music history as one of the most significant American artists ever. Things could have ended very differently for Cash; after an early-'70s zenith brought about by two hit albums and a popular television show, the singer fell into a decades-long slide into obscurity that he only pulled out of once he started working with producer Rick Rubin. The early chapters of this book, in order to facilitate the remainder, necessarily document Cash's fall from grace. But the bulk of the book, while very blunt in laying out the fact that this was no easy task, is uplifting. Cash's agreeing to work with Rubin sets a whole positive universe in motion, introducing Cash's work to a younger audience, re-connecting him to older fans and arguably producing the best work of his life. Thomson does lots of interpretation here; facts and figures that could be only droll are boosted to interesting thanks to Thomson's insight, and throughout he inserts commentary from Cash family members and insiders like Nick Lowe, Rodney Crowell, Roseanne Cash and John Carter Cash in just the right places in just the right doses. There is not much commentary from Rubin here but that's not really surprising. As the book makes clear, Rubin only facilitated Cash's comeback; what kept Cash from becoming a mere footnote in history was the fact that Rubin allowed Cash to be himself, to quit trying to please everyone and instead spill a lifetime's worth of pent-up emotion into his music. Thomson has put together a good read for all fans of Johnny Cash but those who hopped on the bandwagon late (or some would say, just in time) during the Rick Rubin American Recordings era will find The Resurrection of Johnny Cash an especially warm read.


tell a friend about this article

.



advertisement

advertisement

News Reports
Day in Rock:
AC/DC's Angus Young And Guns N' Roses Do Surprise Jam- Foo Fighters Glastonbury Performance Streaming Online- Queen and Adam Lambert Rock Classic Song On Jimmy Kimmel- more

Van Halen Icon Wants Reunion But Not The Drama- Tedeschi Trucks Band Star Suffers Massive Heart Attack- Black Sabbath Announce Limited Edition Box Set- Foo Fighters- more

Guns N' Roses To Play Rare Intimate One Off Show- Blink-182 and Linkin Park Stars Collaborate At Special Event- Chris Cornell Featured On Forthcoming Johnny Cash Album- more

Day in Pop:
Deadmau5 Slams The Chainsmokers In Social Media Rant- DJ Khaled Had To Have Rihanna For 'Wild Thoughts'- Drake and Migos' Offset Fuel Metro Boomin's 'No Complaints'- more

Dierks Bentley's 3-Year-Old Son Injured On Tour- Bruno Mars Shares Prince Tribute Rehearsal Footage- Dr. Luke And Kesha's Mother Address Defamation Case Dismissal- more

Foo Fighters' New Album Features 'Biggest Pop Star In The World- Miley Cyrus Kicks Off Summer With Bikini Photo- Liam Payne's The Tonight Show Performance Goes Online- more

advertisement


Reviews

Root 66: Anthony Rosano and the Conqueroos

Road Trip Missouri: Get Your Sips on Route 66

Rock Reads: 45 RPM (Recollections Per Minute) The Morrell Archives Volume 3

The Fatal Pursuit - Sinful

Root 66: Evan Michaels - Ain't No Stopping This

TBT Van Halen

Root 66: Jeffrey Halford and the Healers - Lo-fi Dreams

MesAlfie - Hey, Super

On The Record: Five Alarm Funk - Sweat

Remembering Gregg Allman - TBT 2007 Live Review

MorleyView: Kelley Ryan

Saint Motel - Arrival

Edge of Free's Self-Titled Debut

Little Steven - Soulfire

BJ Wilbanks - Self-Titled

TBT - Black Sabbath Rock Lollapalooza 2012

Wild Iris - Wild Iris

Bang! The Bert Berns Story

Remembering Chris Cornell

Lane Change - Rise

Carly Van Skaik - Carly Van Shaik EP

On The Record: The Bill Evans Trio - On a Monday Evening more

Rock News Stories
AC/DC's Angus Young And Guns N' Roses Do Surprise Jam

Foo Fighters Glastonbury Performance Streaming Online

Queen and Adam Lambert Rock Classic Song On Jimmy Kimmel

Metallica Streaming Live 'Battery' Video

Alter Bridge Release 'Cradle To The Grave' Video

Liam Gallagher Announces Solo Album and Tour

Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie Kick Off Tour

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals Announce Tour

Joe Bonamassa Releases 'The Valley Runs Low' Unplugged Video

Toadies Announce New Album And Tour

Like Moths to Flames To Play Debut Album At Upcoming Shows

The Afghan Whigs Announce North American Tour

Blink-182 To Headline Music Midtown Festival

Kid Rock Announces His Third Annual Fish Fry

Armored Saint's Storytellers Episode Of Mars Attacks Podcast Released

KingBathmat Preview New Album 'Dark Days'

more

B-Side Stories
Deadmau5 Slams The Chainsmokers In Social Media Rant

DJ Khaled Had To Have Rihanna For 'Wild Thoughts'

Drake and Migos' Offset Fuel Metro Boomin's 'No Complaints'

Britney Spears Receives 'Toxic' Video Tribute From Flight Attendants

Adam Lambert Performs New Single Live

Kenny Chesney Calls On Students To Create His Next Video

Carrie Underwood and Ice-T Lead Hollywood Walk of Fame Additions

The-Dream Releases 'Summer Body' With Fabolous

Fifth Harmony Star Reveals The Real 'Fifth Member' of Group

Singled Out: Sam Rochford's So Easy

more



Follow Us:

Contact Us - Privacy - antiMusic Email - Why we are antiMusic

Copyright© 1998 - 2016 Iconoclast Entertainment Group All rights reserved.

Please click here for legal restrictions and terms of use applicable to this site. Use of this site signifies your agreement to the terms of use.