Since his first recordings in 1955, Johnny Cash has been an icon in the music world. In his newly discovered poems and song lyrics, we see the world through his eyes. The poetry reveals his depth of understanding, both of the world around him and within - his frailties and his strengths alike. He pens verses in his hallmark voice, reflecting upon love, pain, freedom, fame and mortality.Illustrated with facsimile reproductions of Cash's own handwritten pages, Forever Words is a remarkable new addition to the canon of one of America's heroes. His music is a part of our collective history, but here he demonstrates the depth of his talent as a writer.Edited and introduced by Paul Muldoon, with a foreword by John Carter Cash, this is a book sure to delight and surprise fans the world over.
The greatest of the greats then and now . . . If we want to know what it means to be mortal, we need look no further than the Man in Black -- BOB DYLAN Unmistakably personal . . . Strikingly evocative * * New York Times * * A rich collection . . . Fresh and genuine * * Rolling Stone * * His influence spread over many generations. I loved him as a singer and writer -- MICK JAGGER I lost my innocence with Johnny Cash -- NICK CAVE He's always there, the tallest figure in the circle of integrity, the deepest voice when night comes down, and the bravest take on sanity in the midst of wild confusion -- LEONARD COHEN