The Man Called Cash - The Life, Love and Faith of an American Legend by Steve Turner Bloomsbury, $130 When Johnny Cash died on September 12, 2003, just four months after his wife, June Carter Cash, there were few who had heard his voice - described in one obituary as 'granite-strong but tender, expressive and numinous' with its 'peculiar authenticity' - and not been touched by it. In a career spanning six decades, he recorded more than 1,500 songs, from I Walk the Line in 1956 to A Boy Named Sue in the 1970s and his re-emergence as a darling of alternative rockers in the 1990s. He performed with Bob Dylan, Ray Charles and U2, among others. He was addicted to amphetamines and was a born-again Baptist. There's a degree of religiosity in Steve Turner's authorised biography, The Man Called Cash, which the pair had planned to write together before Cash died, and the Christianity is intrusive, but not so that it subsumes this lively account of an erratic life. Time Out said: 'If America as a nation could speak ... it would sound something like Johnny Cash.'