Tuesday, December 17, 2013

MUSIC - New Biography on Johnny Cash and New Album

"How Johnny Cash spoke to the heart of America" PBS Newshour 12/16/2013


GWEN IFILL (Newshour):  Finally tonight: the Man in Black.  It's been 10 years since the legendary singer songwriter died at age 71.

Last week, his estate announced a new album would be released in March.  The never-before-heard songs were recorded in 1986.  The audiotapes of the original recording sessions recently were discovered in the family archives.

We get a look now at Johnny Cash the man.

Jeffrey Brown has our book conversation.

JEFFREY BROWN (Newshour):  From the Sun recording studios in Memphis to California's Folsom Prison, to the famous last video he recorded before he died, Johnny Cash crossed musical boundaries and influenced and moved several generations of singers, songwriters and fans, even while he struggled with his own addictions and pains.

All of this can be found in "Johnny Cash: The Life," a new biography by Robert Hilburn, who served as chief music critic for The Los Angeles Times for more than 30 years.

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