Rock of Pages: A Heartbeat And A Guitar
In Antonino D’Ambrosio‘s book, A Heartbeat And A Guitar: Johnny Cash and the Making of Bitter Tears, the author weaves three stories together to create one grand tale. Taking Johnny Cash‘s interest in Native peoples, the story of singer-songwriter Peter La Farge, and (perhaps most importantly) the battle for Native rights, D’Ambrosio combines three histories to place Bitter Tears in a greater context.
It’s a good thing, too, as the three stories presented here wouldn’t make much of a book. The biographical data on La Farge is necessary to place him within the folk movement of the ’60s, as well as assert his importance in the songwriting process of Bitter Tears, but there’s a lot of information present that really has little to nothing to do with the making of the album.