Rosanne Cash: When Past And Present Collide

[caption id="attachment_221129" align="alignnone" width="768"] Photos by Michael Lavine[/caption] Like most people in their 20s, Rosanne Cash in 1976 was casting about for what to do with the rest of her life. She didn’t want to go into the family business, which was country music. Her father was Johnny Cash; her stepmother was June Carter, and her stepgrandmother was Maybelle Carter of the Carter Family, but Rosanne didn’t want to spend her life on the kind of tour bus that had so often taken her father away from his family. She wanted to be something very different: a literary author. At the end of that summer, she returned from an internship with CBS Records in London and enrolled at Nashville’s Vanderbilt University. She wrote a lot of poetry and short stories, as she had in her California high school, but she couldn’t seem to get the hang of it. So after a year of college she moved to L.A. to study acting at the Lee Strasburg Theatre Institute. That didn’t take either, and she realized that maybe the family business and literature weren’t so incompatible after all. Maybe writing country songs required the same craftsmanship and provided the same psychological rewards…

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