Rosanne Cash, musician and daughter of the legendary Johnny Cash,  will talk about her new memoir, Composed, on Saturday, Aug. 14, at 7 p.m. at Agnes Scott College’s Presser Hall. She’ll also be performing several songs on a custom-made Martin D-41 guitar donated by Yuengling Beer Company, America’s oldest brewery and one of the sponsors of the event. The guitar will be auctioned following the event, with proceeds going to literacy efforts by the Decatur Book Festival, also a sponsor.

“I never wanted to be a country music star,” Cash told Publishers Weekly in a recent interview. “I wanted to be a writer from 9-years old – then I wanted to be a songwriter from age 18.” Starting out working behind the scenes and then performing on tour with her father and stepmother, June Carter Cash, she put an ocean between herself and the man in black at just 20 years old, setting off to work for CBS Records in London.

Cash recounts that time in the book and goes on to describe the recording of her first album in Germany with Rodney Crowell, who soon became her husband. The book also covers Cash’s work on the critically lauded 1990 album Interiors, whose release was followed a year later by Cash’s move from Nashville to New York, then by her divorce from Crowell and, in 1995, her marriage to the musician and producer John Leventhal. Through medical struggles that kept her from performing for long stretches and periods of grief after the deaths of her father, stepmother and then her mother, Cash persisted, and now in Composed, she reflects on her life away from the bright lights like never before.

The event is presented by A Cappella Books, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival and Yuengling Beer Company. Tickets, which are $30 apiece and include a copy of Composed, may be purchased in advance online at www.acappellabooks.com. Presser Hall is located on the campus of Agnes Scott College at 141 E. College Avenue in Decatur.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.