Johnny Cash (2013) While growing up in Arkansas, did Johnny Cash really sing to calm his nerves when he heard the howl of panthers in the woods, as… 2013-10-29 Biography Nonfiction Little, Brown and Company
Book Review

Johnny Cash (2013)

CASH AND CARRY-ING ON A LEGACY Author Robert Hilburn demystifies the biographical tall tales of Johnny Cash
CASH AND CARRY-ING ON A LEGACY Author Robert Hilburn demystifies the biographical tall tales of Johnny Cash
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Oct 29, 2013; Writer: Robert Hilburn; Genres: Biography, Nonfiction; Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

While growing up in Arkansas, did Johnny Cash really sing to calm his nerves when he heard the howl of panthers in the woods, as he liked to claim? Probably not, says Robert Hilburn, who investigates the tale on the book's first page. (Bobcats? Maybe. Panthers? No!) This debunking sets the tone for an assiduously researched and entertaining book, Johnny Cash; Hilburn rightly believes his subject's life is so extraordinary that there's no need for fanciful embellishment from anyone, including Cash himself. B+

Originally posted Oct 30, 2013 Published in issue #1284 Nov 08, 2013 Order article reprints