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Robert Hilburn balances vice and virtue in 'Johnny Cash: The Life'
There are few figures in the whole of pop music that as conveniently summarize American Identity — how we grapple with virtue and vice, how we labor to be both devoted and free — as Johnny Cash. Biographer Robert Hilburn is deeply aware of his subject's heavy symbolism: how his shortcomings became assets, how his struggles defined him.
By Amanda Petrusich
October 25, 2013