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Thread #90789   Message #1723752
Posted By: WFDU - Ron Olesko
21-Apr-06 - 09:52 AM
Thread Name: Johnny Cash - How come an icon?
Subject: RE: Johnny Cash - How come an icon?
Danks, you are certainly entitled to your opinion of Cash but I and many others would disagree. Your statement that Haggard is a better songwriter/performer/musician is subjective at best. I think Cash developed a unique style and his music showed his skill at storytelling and bringing folk idioms into country and rockabilly.

His current "icon" status is attribituable to his passing, the movie, and several re-issues.   I'm not sure how old you are, but Cash was an icon when I was growing up in the 1960's. His recording of songs from artists like Peter LaFarge helped introduce some good songwriters to a larger audience. He dealt with issues that others in "country" would not touch. His friendship with Dylan was based on an early show of support that Cash, who was the 800 pound gorilla at Columbia Records at the time, gave to Dylan and it helped cement Dylans contract with the label. His TV series gave the finger to network censors and prevailing tastes at the time - bringing artists like Dylan, Ramblin Jack Elliot and others to the screen in primetime.

It was only during the late 70's and 80's that his career took a dive, and his recordings suffered. In the 90's he resurrected himself with a great series of recordings that showed a remarkable understanding and acceptance for contemporary song.

He will always be an icon to me and many others.