Mudcat Café message #2251973 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #108263   Message #2251973
Posted By: Joe Offer
02-Feb-08 - 07:37 PM
Thread Name: Burl Ives and Johnny Cash -- A Wow
Subject: RE: Burl Ives and Johnny Cash -- A Wow
Don, I really appreciated what you had to say about Burl Ives. Too often, people pigeonhole public figures as "scumbags," and then discount them as totally worthless. Burl Ives made a great contribution to folk music. Yes, he did what it took to make a good living as a performer; and no, he wasn't heroic in the face of congressional hearings - but not everyone is born to be a hero and is able to sacrifice life and livelihood in the name of principle.
As you say, he was flawed - but most of us are.