Nine Choices: Johnny Cash and American Culture by Jonathan Silverman

By Jonathan Silverman

for far of his profession, Johnny money opened his exhibits with the tagline, “Hello, I’m Johnny Cash.” This advent appeared pointless, when you consider that everybody within the viewers knew who he was—the recognized musical artist whose profession spanned nearly 5 a long time, whose bothered existence off and on the level got broad exposure, and whose cragged face looked as if it would exhibit a intensity and depth now not present in the other artist, dwelling or dead.

For funds, as for lots of celebrities, renown was once the manufactured from either labor and success. frequently a visionary and consistently a tireless performer, he was once topic to a whirlwind of social, fiscal, and cultural countercurrents. 9 offerings explores the stress among Cash’s wish for mainstream luck, his own struggles with alcohol and medication, and an ever-changing cultural panorama that frequently circumscribed his options.

Drawing on interviews, archival examine, and textual research, Jonathan Silverman makes a speciality of Cash’s own and inventive offerings as a fashion of realizing his existence, his influence on American tradition, and the ways that that tradition in flip formed him. money made judgements approximately the place he may stay, what he may play, who may produce his albums, no matter if he may aid the Vietnam struggle, or even if he might turn his well-known “bird”—the iconic picture of money giving the finger that's now plastered on posters and T-shirts everywhere—in the context of cultural forces either obvious and opaque. He made different judgements in session with quite a few humans, lots of whom have been mainly considering the response of his audiences.

Less a traditional biography than a learn of the making of an id, 9 offerings explores how Johnny funds sought to outline who he was once, how he was once perceived, and what he signified via a chain of self-conscious activities. the end result, Silverman exhibits, was once a lifestyles that was once usually tumultuous yet by no means uninteresting.

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