A Heartbeat and a Guitar: Johnny Cash and the Making of Bitter Tears

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Nation Books, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 297 pages
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"A Heartbeat and a Guitar" tells of the collaboration of two distinct yet connected musicians--iconoclast Johnny Cash and pioneering folk artist Peter La Farge--and the album they created, "Bitter Tears: Ballads of the American Indian." It also tells of the unique personal, political, and cultural struggles that informed this album, one that has influenced the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan.

D'Ambrosio has interviewed dozens of Cash's and La Farge's friends, family, and collaborators, including surviving members of his band, his producers, and Pete Seeger and Kris Kristofferson, creating a dramatic picture of both an era of radical protest and the making of one of the most controversial and enduring works of political pop art of the 1960s.

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Music writer (Let Fury Have the Hour: The Punk Politics of Joe Strummer) and filmmaker (No Free Lunch) D'Ambrosio uses Johnny Cash's 1964 album, Bitter Tears, to explore the turbulent mid-1960s. He ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Antonino D'Ambrosio is the author of Let Fury Have the Hour: The Punk Politics of Joe Strummer; the film version directed by D'Ambrosio will be released in 2010. His most recent film is No Free Lunch, starring comedian Lewis Black. His writing appears in The Progressive, The Believer, The Nation, among many others. D'Ambrosio is the founder/executive director of La Lutta NMC. D'Ambrosio is currently the artist-in-residence at the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe, NM where he launched the multimedia film project La Terra Promessa.

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