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MUSIC PHOTOBIOGRAPHY BILL MILLER l . Cash: An American Man (Simon and Schuster) 0000 l O O < O - . . . I u u I I I w, : CW 111‘ . i l P r I/ 43 544 “JJ‘JJ 13 UP 1 ~ ,,. . 1] ~91”... . a" a‘ ‘o’. 13.8" ‘3", a J i r“ '1 “'31.: a ' "’“Wnon ° "4' an" V q a :3 ea @- ca v “4'18 .. 3 c - :3 The colourful life of the man in black (far right) g E At the age of 13, Bill Miller became entranced by the life and work of John , 0 R Cash after seeing him perform live in Colorado in 1973. At the end of a a rendition of ‘Orange Blossom Special’ Cash tossed one of the harmonicas a- he was using to Miller who was frozen, transfixed at the front of the stage. g It was from that moment on that his collection of momentos, memorabilia I 8 and artefacts begun. Some 30 years later, his archive has been collated, | Q photographed and made into this substantial tome. i c .Miller was more than just your average fanboy; he became close friends j . his a travel guide! With Cash over the years, to the extent that he was the godfather to the . “,8 a t h t, author’s son, Jordan. The scale of Cash’s fame put him on a parallel with , reflsure , un " _ the Beatles, Presley and Dylan in the US so it shouldn’t be surprising the ° It? a quuky hlsmry' . . Avallablc 8‘: . depth and breadth of collectibles on offer with his name, lyrics or fizzog WIth Clues; maps and hIStoncal has ,IfihK A R S emblazoned on them. 0 For Edinburgh’s residents and George Sum Everything from his own sketches of the Turin Shroud and posters from explorers alike Edinburgh I his religious epic movie The Gospel Road to truly surreal tat-like embossed penknives or thimbles are in here. Plus photographs, tickets, lyrics, John Wiley 811d 50!“ Ltd paintings of and by the man himself, and the last interview he ever did in ph‘mcf 9800 243407' Fax: 01243 843296 2003 - with MTV’s Kurt Loder. This is a brilliantly expansive book but it E“““‘- Ss'b""ks@W“CY-C"-uk. NOW on know sacrifices any real logic in favour of sensory overload. He may have been www'w‘leyeumw'c‘fm/go/lu'e y ' E; the man in black but Johnny Cash lived a life in glorious technicolor. www°l°°k‘“gup‘“ed‘"burgh'com w‘lcywmpc‘mm 3 (Mark Robertson)

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