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Post  misery guts on Thu Mar 07, 2013 1:54 pm

A giant of American music, in country and beyond. Hard to credit this year marks a decade since the death of both his talented wife June, in May, and the man himself, in September.

To start things off, here's one of his that she helped write:

Ring of Fire
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Post  misery guts on Sat Mar 09, 2013 7:22 am

Discovering Cash
An amusing 3/4 hr with various musos & journos running through the well-worn story of how a man from Dyess, Arkansas rose through battles with drugs, concerts in prisons, marriage to "country royalty", and his unexpected 90s renaissance. The general tone was refreshingly respectful, given the nature of the contributors.

Johnny Cash: Song by Song
6 half-hour shows, relating the overall story of his life through the way a particular song resonated with a phase of his life.

So the first, 'Walk The Line', established his credentials and his ethos. The second, 'Ring of Fire', reflected his tempestuous love match with June. The third, 'Jackson', focused on their marriage partnership. The fourth, 'A Boy Named Sue' was linked to his prison concerts and identification with the forgotten in society. The fifth, 'Sunday Morning Coming Down' compared to his battles with drink and drugs. The last, inevitably, was 'Hurt', which rounded off the story with his redemptive decade-long lap of honour.

Assorted talking heads paid homage along the way, as usual. The format I think worked well given the chosen songs. 'Hurt' still clearly makes a big impact even a decade on.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Dec 16, 2013 11:21 am

Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison
Not a straight concert, but a documentary about the country singer's other prison concerts, and the importance of this most famous one. The story also covered the sad tale of Glen Sherley, then an inmate, who wrote and sang himself. Cash sang one of his numbers, and campaigned for the man's release. Sadly, the outside world was not as kind, and Glen took his own life. This was a thoughtful tale, interspersed by many songs from the actual concert.

Johnny Cash: Live at Montreux
From July 5th, 1994, as his renaissance was really taking off. A polished and charming performance, and both his son John Carter Cash & wife June helped out, besides the usual crew  king
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Post  misery guts on Mon Dec 16, 2013 11:32 am

The Unauthorised Biography of Johnny Cash
From 2005, a long look back, though mainly covering his formative years through to the early 1960's, after which point it skipped over most of the details to close off the story of how he finally conquered his drug addictions, and married June Carter. Even his 1990's renaissance with Rick Rubin barely rated more than a couple of minutes. But in fairness, his early years were worth the telling.

Johnny Cash in San Quentin
Footage of a (or the) legendary jailhouse concert, mixed with clips of prisoners and guards reflecting on prison life. The music is great.

Johnny Cash: Half Mile A Day
Impressive hour & half long 2001 doc covering the familiar highs and lows of the JC story, with an impressive roster of talking heads to sing his praises: Merle Haggard, George Jones, Merle Kilgore, Judy Collins, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings to name but a few.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Jan 17, 2014 9:08 am

YES! He's got a new album coming out!
Out Among the Stars comes out in March and features 12 tracks by the American singer, recorded for Columbia Records in 1981 and 1984.

It includes duets with Cash's wife June Carter and friend Waylon Jennings.

The tracks have never been made public before.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Apr 07, 2014 8:08 am

'Out Among The Stars' entered the charts at #4, so there's still a market here even though the Rick Rubin series seems to have finally been exhausted.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Feb 02, 2015 9:33 am

Johnny Cash - The Man, His World, His Music
From 1969, an intriguing warts & all look at Johnny, at home, on tour, on stage, with his wife, with his family, listening to a newcomer backstage, in studio with Bob Dylan, and so on. The historical value both of Johnny Cash, and a documentary style you rarely if ever see these days, really raised the merit here.

Johnny Cash: Music In Review
Some people who had actually worked with him were used here, though "Cowboy" Dick Clement and WS "Fluke" Holland are always excellent contributors to these things. His latter-day renaissance was treated well, and rightly so. Rick Rubin really had an almost spiritual impact on his life.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Jun 01, 2016 8:15 am

Artists in Love: Johnny Cash & June Carter
Amiable entry in this series, re-telling the familiar story with help from their son John, biographer Mark Stielper and Bill Miller from the Johnny Cash Museum. They had differing childhoods, but were drawn to the world of music. They met at the Grand Ole Opry, but married other people. Once they hit it off in 1961, they conducted an affair in spite of his drug problems. When the gaffe was blown, they soon got divorces and after his career revived, they got married. As if often recounted, his career dipped in the 80s before its resurrection in the 90s. They both died in 2003, just 4 months apart, expecting to be reunited in Heaven.
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Post  misery guts on Thu Jun 23, 2016 6:48 am

The Highwaymen - Friends 'Til The End
A comparatively short account of how Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson and Johnny Cash came together to form a country supergroup which made a few albums and did a few tours before health caught up with them. Waylon's wife Jessi spoke up for him, but his son Shooter was AWOL. Kris spoke fondly of how Cash gave him his big chance, like an angel reaching down to raise him up (OK, that wasn't his metaphor). John Mellencamp and producer Don Was spoke warmly, as did Kris and Willie, of course. There was a lot of performance footage to pad things out, which turned out to come from...

Willie, Waylon, Cash & Kris - Highwaymen Live
From the Nassau Coliseum, Long Island, 1990, a couple of hours of the guys singing their own songs and other folks' ones. The crowd were happy, the guys were happy, everyone was happy. Can't ask for much more.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Aug 17, 2016 8:43 am

I Am Johnny Cash
A recent and fairly thorough recounting of the familiar story, covering his early years, successful years, wilderness and resurrection. I rarely usually notice that Roseanne was his daughter from his 1st marriage, whereas John is his son from his marriage to June. A few unfamiliar faces shared opinions, including Sheryl Crow and Kid Rock. Clive Davis unsurprisingly stuck his $0.02 in about Columbia Records. Archive of Pete Seeger was nice, as was some of the duet footage from his telly show - he really worked with all kinds of acts.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Apr 24, 2017 8:09 am

Cash
A blatant cash-in from Rolling Stone magazine published soon after his death, reprinting old RS chats with Cash and Rick Rubin, further articles about his ups & downs, and a lengthy potted biography, and discographic reviews. Good in-depth facts, and tributes from friends and performers.
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