cashI love the LIFE Unseen series from the editors of LIFE Magazine. The folks at LIFE have been curating their vast catalog of images and releasing great books displaying never-before-seen pictures of the 20th Century’s greatest figures. A great example is LIFE Unseen: Johnny Cash: An Illustrated Biography with Rare and Never-Before-Seen Photographs, which manages to present the great artist in a way that seems new and fresh while honoring his legacy.

About LIFE Unseen: Johnny Cash from the editors of LIFE magazine: LIFE partners with Sony Music Entertainment and its vast archive of photography to launch a new series of special books: LIFE Unseen surprising looks at some of our most legendary stars. We kick off the series with Johnny Cash, who passed away 10 years ago, but it seems like he has never left us. There have been iconic American performers whose lives seemed even larger than their stage personas. Then there was Johnny Cash, unique and-yes-transcendent. He is seen as a country singer, but he is also in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Gospel Hall of Fame. Coming out of Arkansas, rebellious and an early adherent of rockabilly (he was part of Sun Studios’ Million Dollar Quartet, along with Elvis, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis), he found his audience. Cash was also a TV star and he formed supergroups with other top recording artists. Movies were made about the Man in Black, and he would have been calcified as a ‘legend’ had he not been so genuine.”

As a huge fan of Mr. Cash, I loved flipping through the pages of LIFE Unseen: Johnny Cash to see images of the Man in Black in his prime and reading bits about his life from the people who knew him best. LIFE Unseen: Johnny Cash is the best kind of biography – a visual oral history.

LIFE Unseen: Johnny Cash from the editors of LIFE magazine is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers.