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Thread #90789   Message #1725397
Posted By: Danks
23-Apr-06 - 01:15 PM
Thread Name: Johnny Cash - How come an icon?
Subject: RE: Johnny Cash - How come an icon?
I suppose I'm trying to strip away all "image" and all the "add-ons", and see what remains musically. If all we had of Hank Willaims were his recordings, would he still be a giant? If we had no biographical info on Hank, would his recording legacy still be at the core of country music? When we admire an artist its amazing how much we - the listener- bring to the table. Back in the mid-70s I was very, very heavily into Bruce Springsteen; however, by the time that I saw him in concert ( Birmingham, UK 1981), I experienced a sense of detatchment. I thought alot about this, and I eventually realized that the Bruce Springsteen I related to was a kid in Asbury Park, hanging around with his mates and forming bands; the kid that Springsteen described in his monologues in his early live bootlegs. Once that image had been replaced by a 30 year old superstar, the music wasn't enough. All the Johnny Cash "add ons" don't do it for me. It's the music, and the music alone. And, that - for me - doesn't justify all attention he receives.