Rosanne Cash - Wikipedia
All four daughters she had with Cash — Rosanne, Kathy, Cindy and Tara . She had looked on the Vivian-Johnny relationship with envy and. Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash with son in "The relationship between stepmother and children is complicated, but June eliminated. Rosanne Cash's "Composed" is a memoir of her own upbringing in The daughter of legendary country music singer Johnny Cash and his first wife, Vivian Liberto, Cash talks about her relationships with her father, her.
"Composed" By Rosanne Cash - ABC News
My mother's fourth pregnancy and delivery were difficult for her. She carried Tara for ten months and endured a hard sixteen-hour labor. After the birth of her fourth daughter, my mother, in tears, informed my father that she was finished with childbearing, even though she had initially said she wanted six children. My father agreed, although he harbored a secret desire for a son, which he finally got when I was fifteen and he was married to June, not my mother.
My most vivid memory of the three years we lived there was of the day a film crew showed up in our living room to tape a show called Here's Hollywood. My mother was extremely nervous, and we children were made to dress up in poufy dresses, white ankle socks, and black patent leather shoes, with our hair pulled tightly back into bows.
We had to sit absolutely still and silent on the sofa next to my parents while the camera was trained on us and the interviewer spoke to them.
Then we were sent outside while Mom and Dad were interviewed alone. The whole experience was profoundly unsettling to me. It may have been the first time that I registered — at age five — how it felt to be truly angry. I didn't like how my mother changed for the camera, showing only a social veneer that didn't represent her true self at all, and I didn't like it that my dad had even allowed them in our house.
I recognized the falsity, and silently rebelled against the intrusion. Thus began a lifelong wariness of journalists. But I loved the house. It had a pool and a big yard, and the room I shared with my sisters had Alice in Wonderland murals on the wall behind the twin beds.
We lived on the corner, with a school crossing in front of our house. Every morning and afternoon a crossing guard showed up in her car and waited for the school bus. As it arrived, she got out, slipped her plastic orange neon vest over her clothes, picked up her little stop sign, and positioned herself at the crosswalk to guide the children across the street.
This was the most fascinating ritual in the world to me, and the first few times I saw her I ran out to speak to her.Johnny Cash with daughters Carlene, Tara, Rosanne, Cindy, Kathy and Rosie - Silent Night
She was very kind to me, but after several days, when my mother saw me actually get into the crossing guard's car to talk to her, she forbade me to pay her any more visits. At age four, seriously disappointed and with great longing, I stationed myself in the picture window at the front of the house twice a day to observe her and the children from afar.
Part of the romance for me was the older children, for I badly wanted to go to school. Sensing my frustration, my mother eventually enrolled me in a nursery school down the street for two or three days a week. Although I enjoyed it, I discovered that it didn't provide enough to satisfy my curiosity.
I would ask my mother to read me every sign, every paper, every milk carton and package I saw. I insisted she tell me every word and what it meant, nearly driving her crazy in the process, and then I tried to memorize their spellings and meanings.
On learning that Europe was a place across the ocean, I asked her if "European" was a real word. It's a Hollywood movie - very complex lives reduced to two hours - so how can it possibly show the depths of truth? My father was a transcendent artist, one of a handful out of the whole century who could be called truly great. He left a body of work that is there for anybody to discover and it will exist for ever.
That is enough for me.
I don't feel any impulse to put myself in the service of making Johnny Cash more famous. If I say yes, then I sound like I'm bitter. If I say no, it's not entirely honest. My dad and June wanted it to happen, but it was torture for my mother. The idea that her worst fucking nightmare - she's a strict Catholic girl who had to get divorced - and now the film version is out there I thought it was very interesting and ironic that she died a few months before it came out.
Her new record is her first public expression of what it was like to lose a father known to the wider world as an icon. When Johnny Cash and his second wife, June Carter Cash, died within a few months of each other in the autumn ofhis eldest daughter declined to share in the tributes: Black Cadillac is not a traditional tribute record; it ranges far wider.
It considers her parents' lives before she was born, and stretches to the afterlife.
In between, we may glimpse some turbulence. Her childhood was 'fraught with anxiety,' she says. I knew there was something wrong but I didn't know what it was; there was just this background tension and anxiety to all of those years.
Rosanne Cash - She Remembers Everything | RNZ
His music was the place to connect with his healthiest self. I didn't like the fact that you had to travel, that it appeared that you had to take drugs and your relationships were in shambles. Being a performing musician? She describes herself as bookish and slightly withdrawn, happiest at her local library. She became a teenager in the first summer of love and she began taking drugs. He had tremendous respect for a person, no matter their age, and he had faith that you were going to sort your problems out.
Me and my stepsister used his car and we were drunk and he found out about it. The next day, he was so quiet, and the tension was building with every hour, and we were terrified that he was going to blow.
Then he finally took us out for an ice-cream, and he said, "I'm going to give you a choice. You can either go out on the road with me and sing and earn lots of money and see the world, or you can stay home and take drugs. My stepsister died six weeks after my dad. She never really got off drugs. She watched her dad from the wings for three years. She hoped she could make a career writing for other people rather than performing herself.
- EXCERPT: Rosanne Cash's 'Composed'
- Rosanne Cash - She Remembers Everything
She says she is shy and has a strong sense of privacy. But then she made a demo singing her own songs and got a recording contract when she was After that, she says, she knew it was for the rest of her life.
Inevitably, there was a problem being Johnny Cash's daughter. I had a brief moment when I thought I might use my grandmother's maiden name - Rivers.
Then I realised that that's not who I am and it didn't feel very honest. She lived for nine years in Nashville, where she believes she was never embraced, and left for New York 15 years ago when her first marriage fell apart.
By then, she had three children. I wonder whether she ever asked her father for career advice. That's one regret I have - that I didn't go to him for more.