A Memoir

Book - 2010
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FOR OVER THREE DECADES ROSANNE CASH has been one of the most compelling figures in popular music, having moved gracefully from Nashville stardom to acclaim as a singer-songwriter and author of essays and short stories. Her remarkable body of work has often been noted for its emotional acuity, its rich and resonant imagery, and its unsparing honesty. Those qualities have enabled her to establish a unique intimacy with her audiences, and it is those qualities that inform her long-awaited memoir.

Composed is the story of an artist finding her voice-both figuratively and literally-in the context of her family legacy, of the commercial imperatives of the music business, and of a desire to preserve some measure of privacy in a life that has been too often subjected to public scrutiny. Beginning with a childhood spent on an almost surreal, snake-infested Southern California hilltop, Cash traces her fraught relationship with her father, country legend Johnny cash, whose frequent absences and struggles with drugs left her mother, Vivian, disappointed and bitter. She shares her memories of a comical stint at a job in London, a hapless twenty-year-old desperate to find her own style, and of cutting her own first record on a German label. She recalls gradually working her way to chart-topping success, her marriage to Rodney Crowell-a union that made them country music's premier couple-and the composition and recording of the landmark album Interiors . After leaving Nashville and Crowell for New York, she confronts the loss of her parents, charting the course of her mourning through music, and finds fulfilment in motherhood and in her husband and musical collaborator, John Leventhal.

As moving, disarming, and elusive as one of her classic songs, Composed is Rosanne Cash's luminous testament to the power of art, tradition, and love to transform a life.

Publisher: New York : Viking, 2010.
ISBN: 9780670021963
Characteristics: 245 p. ;,24 cm.


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Oct 31, 2013

This is a memoir, mostly about growing up as the daughter of a very famous star and becoming her own person. There are a lot of deaths in this book and at times it verges on the New Age. The writing is a little self-conscious but what comes through is that Rosanne is a very nice person with nothing negative to say about others. Recommended.

Aug 15, 2011

A touching account of her memories of her dad, her mom and siblings as well as both parents' second marriages. Rosanne proves herself an excellent writer with a gift for lighting up a sentence. She gives an interesting take on the music business as well as on her own struggle to find a voice and independence.

Sep 30, 2010

A personal look into a talented artist's life. A great read for any music fan.

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