Composed: A Memoir (Paperback)
July 2010 Indie Next List
“Composed is a very personal account of Cash's musical career, her role as a mother, daughter and wife, and her battle with cancer and brain surgery. She eloquently foregrounds her musical career journey as she tenderly evokes the losses of those closest to her and reflects on the moments when she truly connected--as a daughter--to her iconic parents. Rosanne Cash is a theatrical triple threat: a lyrical singer; a choreographer of words; and a skilled thespian who relies on tears or wit at just the right moment.”
— Sarah Bagby, Watermark Books, Wichita, KS
"One of the best accounts of an American life you'll likely ever read." -Julia Keller, Chicago Tribune As moving, disarming, and elusive as one of her classic songs, Composed is Rosanne Cash's testament to the power of art, tradition, and love to transform a life. For more than three decades she has been one of the most compelling figures in popular music, having moved gracefully from Nashville stardom to critical recognition 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.
About the Author
ROSANNE CASH has recorded fourteen albums charting twenty-one Top 40 country singles, 11 of which made it to # 1, and two gold records. She has received ten Grammy nominations--winning in 1985--and was nominated this year for "Sea of Heartbreak," a duet with Bruce Springsteen on her current CD, The List. Cash achieved the highest chart position of her career with the debut of The List. The album, which Vanity Fair called "superb," debuted in the Top 5 on the Country Chart, and entered The Billboard 200 at No. 22. Cash is the author of Bodies of Water and the children's book Penelope Jane: A Fairy's Tale. Her essays and fiction have been published in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and New York magazine. She lives in New York City with her husband and children.