In Johnny Cash, Song By Song, each episode sets the cultural landscape scene and unravels and reveals the contradictions of this complicated man through the lens of a song. Each song/story provides a calibrated insight into the unparalleled drama of a life fully lived and a career fully exploited; resilience, fortitude, love, compassion, rebellion and soul-searching. Cash spoke for the condemned and his redeemer, the downtrodden coal miner, the hopeless romantic, the junkie and the righteous man.
He bucked the system and created his signature persona – the Man in Black. The statement was loud and strong: Johnny Cash plays by his own rules.
“How well I have learned that there is no fence to sit on between heaven and hell. There is a deep, wide gulf, a chasm, and in that chasm is no place for any man.”
Do the songs reflect Cash’s resolve for justice, his human failings, his passion, his grit and his search for greater meaning? Why have they surpassed the industry standards, held up and stood the test of time? Was his conflict an inner struggle or a struggle with the industry or a bit of both?
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