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Thread #90789   Message #1725260
Posted By: Danks
23-Apr-06 - 09:41 AM
Thread Name: Johnny Cash - How come an icon?
Subject: RE: Johnny Cash - How come an icon?
As I have said previously, it's not Johnny's fault that he is an icon - although he worked hard at cultivating an image. Of course, the book/record business love icons - they sell lots! Yesterday, I was in HMV in Manchester, UK, and there was a huge area given over to Johnny's recordings. Today, I was in a Waterstones' bookshop and, again, there was a huge display given over to his biogs. A previous poster said anyone can become an icon; well, the trouble is, icons take up so much space! If a record store stocks 20 different Johnny Cash titles, they won't have space for other artists. And the bookstore that had the huge Johnny Cash display didn't have one book relating to British/Irish folkmusic. Ultimately, it was the media that decided that Johnny should me an icon. It's pretty clear to me that criticism of Johnny ( and the criticism related to his "icon" status), has been taken personally by many posters. It's as if any diminishing of Johnny also diminishes them.