"Driven by a deep love and obsession with language, poetry and melody, I had first wanted to be a writer, in a quiet room, setting depth charges of emotion in the outside world, where my readers would know me only by my language," writes Rosanne Cash in Composed, her new memoir. "Then I decided I wanted to be a songwriter, writing not for myself but for other voices. Then, despite myself, I began performing my own songs, which rattled me to the core." Upon the publication of Composed, Ms. Cash sits down for a conversation about her life in music.
Roseanne Cash joined "The Johnny Cash Show" at 18, further absorbing her father's influence and that of the show's touring partners, Carl Perkins and the Carter Family. She studied drama at Vanderbilt University and at the Lee Strasberg Institute in Los Angeles before focusing on music. Over the past 30 years she has released 12 albums, including Right or Wrong (1979), Seven Year Ache (1981), Rhythm and Romance (1985), Interiors (1990), Black Cadillac (2006) and The List (2009). She has recorded 11 number-one singles, blurring the genres of country, rock, roots and pop. She is author of Penelope Jane: A Fairytale (2000); Bodies of Water (2005), a collection of stories; and the memoir Composed (2010).
Her essays and fiction have appeared in various collections and publications, including The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Time, The Oxford American and New York Magazine.
A.M. Homes is a novelist, short story author and screenwriter. Best known for the novel The End of Alice and the collections The Safety of Objects and Things You Should Know.
Grammy-award winning singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash describes what it was like growing up as the daughter of Johnny Cash. "I realized he was on this Earth for a bigger mission than just to be somebody’s dad and that I was going to have to be magnanimous about it," says Cash.