Mudcat Café message #1724743 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #90789   Message #1724743
Posted By: M.Ted
22-Apr-06 - 01:08 PM
Thread Name: Johnny Cash - How come an icon?
Subject: RE: Johnny Cash - How come an icon?
Excellent comments, particularly from Richard Brandenburg and "Spaw(who, to the consternation of some, has become a Mudcat icon)--

An icon is an image--it isn't about singing or playing the guitar, or even writing--it is about the impression that a person creates, and the impact of that impression--

Johnny Cash projected dignity and moral authority , and he communicated it across social and cultural boundaries that nobody else could or can bridge.

Til Johnny Cash came along, country music artist were percieved as being either hicks and hayseeds with funny hats and exagerated drawls or Hollywood Cowboys--his persona was "The Complete Man", who struggled, who suffered, and who prevailed.

When you hear his name, you see him in your mind as "The Man in Black. That's why he's an icon--