Nobody who heard the rich timbre of Johnny Cash’s baritone voice could delete it from the soundtrack of the brain; nobody who paid attention to his arresting lyrics could deny their rhythmic poetry. When he died a decade ago, Cash was one of the most influential singers in the country, embraced by audiences across musical genres despite his country roots.
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“Johnny Cash: The Life”
By Robert Hilburn
Little, Brown, 688 pages, $32