Why We Still Need Johnny Cash
Johnny Cash's crackling baritone has graced American ears through time of war, revolution, social uprising, and prison overcrowding. With his non-jugemental stories of fallen men acknowledging thier wrong, Cash still reigns as the teller of the American condition, decades after his first album.
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by Nicholas Patterson
Johnny Cash is a wanted man again. Wanted by old fans, wanted by alt-country enthusiasts, wanted by alterna-rockers, punks, hardcore kids, and critics. A young hardcore girl in Boston has a tattoo of a bust of Johnny Cash on her arm with the quote, "I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die." Movies such as "Jackie Brown" and "Gone in 60 Seconds" feature Cash tracks on their soundtracks. Kids across the country are squeezing Johnny Cash albums onto their shelves between Snoop Dogg and Limp Bizkit CDs.