“For my entire life I have been trying to give voice to the rhythms and words that underscore, propel and inform me,” writes Rosanne Cash in the introduction to her new memoir, Composed (available 8/10). With this reflective peek into a celebrated life, we think the singer-songwriter has succeeded.
The firstborn daughter of Johnny Cash (she was born just as his career took off with “Cry, Cry, Cry”) and his first wife, Vivian, Cash chronicles her extraordinary childhood, which involved dealing with her father’s absence (and mother’s disappointment), his drug problems and the fallout of his wild success. But since the age of 9, Rosanne knew she wanted to be a writer and musician in her own right, and Composed also tells the story of her journey (with plenty of tragic hurdles along the way) to success (14 albums, 10 Grammy nominations) and how she’s managed to move beyond Johnny Cash’s legacy. As with her many songwriting hits, Cash here demonstrates that she understands the importance of telling a good story, and telling it beautifully.
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