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The eldest child of Johnny Cash and his first wife, Vivian Liberto, Rosanne Cash was born in Memphis, Tennessee on May 24, 1955. After her parents separated she and her three sisters grew up in California.

At 18 she joined The Johnny Cash Show, further absorbing his influence along with that of his legendary touring show partners Carl Perkins and the Carter Family. The Carter Family's June Carter later became Rosanne's stepmother when she married Cash in 1968.

Rosanne went on to study drama at Nashville's Vanderbilt University and at the Lee Strasberg Institute in Los Angeles before focusing on her music. In the 30 years since she has released 12 albums including Right or Wrong, Seven Year Ache,Somewhere in the Stars, Rhythm and Romance, King's Record Shop, Interiors, The Wheel, 10 Song Demo, Rules of Travel, Black Cadillac, and most recently, The List. She has also recorded 11 No. 1 singles, blurring the genres of country, rock, roots and pop. In 1985 she won the Grammy Award for Best Country Vocal Performance, Female, for her hit "I Don't Know Why You Don't Want Me," and has received nine other nominations.

Her highly personal yet universally appealing writing style is also manifest in her parallel prose career. Rosanne published a collection of short stories, Bodies of Water, in 1995, and a children's book, Penelope Jane: A Fairy's Tale, in 2000. Composed, her long-awaited memoir, was published in 2010. Additionally, her essays and fiction have appeared in various collections and publications, including The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Time Magazine, The Oxford American and New York Magazine.

The mother of five children, Rosanne lives in New York City with her husband, producer and guitarist John Leventhal, and her youngest child.

For more:  Rosanne's Wikipedia entry




October 12, 2009

My dad had many of his stage jackets made by master tailor Manuel.

Dad had a lot of black-on-black long coats.  I have three Manuel jackets— one simple black one with tiny red roses, and a couple which are a bit more flamboyant— maroon with sparkles and cream with purple roses.

  • Photo 1: Me and Dad, who is wearing the Manuel black-on-black coat, circa 1979
  • Photo 2: Me, in the Manuel jacket with red roses, circa 2008
  • Photo 3: Here is my daughter Chlesea circa 2009 wearing her first Manuel jacket, which he gave to her as a gift when she was in the store with me one day this past September.  Manuel is in his seventies now, and has made stage jackets for three generations of my family.
September 2, 2009

This is my daughter, Hannah. She’s not a daughter I gave birth to, but one I inherited when I was married to her father, Rodney Crowell. It doesn’t matter— I love her as if I DID give birth to her. She is a beautiful woman, and a fine mother of two baby girls. Many years ago I gave her the jacket she is wearing. This jacket has a long history. My dad took me to New York City when I was 16 years old, and he took me to a bespoke leather shop in Greenwich Village called The Stitching Horse. They measured you, and you picked your leather or suede from rolls of fabric, and you worked on the design with them, and they made you a jacket. This jacket is long, made of green suede, with leather piping as trim. I wore this for many, many years, but at some point my bones were not as narrow, the hips were a little wider, and I passed it on to Hannah. It looks better on her than it did on me.

P.S. she’s wearing a necklace that belonged to my mother!