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Johnny Cash was Not a Republican

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A GIRL NAMED JOHNNY CASH
COME IN STRANGER
COUNTY LINE
DADDY SANG BASS
DELIA'S GONE
DON'T TAKE YOUR GUNS TO TOWN
FORTY SHADES OF GREEN
ONE PIECE AT A TIME
THE BALLAD OF IRA HAYES


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Subject: Johnny Cash was Not a Republican
From: GUEST,Guest: Lisa Null
Date: 25 Aug 04 - 12:10 AM

Apparently the American Gas Association. an association of utility multinationals, is hosting a celebration of Cash for the Tennessee GOP delegates at Sotheby's auction house at 1334 York Avenue in Manhattan. As one who revere's Cash's fine songs about fellow Americans more exploited than exploiting, i cannot believe Cash would be comfortable siding with the fat cats during this convention. Others who agree that Cash was a champion of working people have developed a website at www.defendjohnnycash.org and are planning a gathering at 4:00pm (dressed in black if you'd like) on Tuesday, August 31st, also at Sotheby's at 1334 York Avenue.

The call to action reads: "Bring your black clothing, pompadour, guitars (real or cardboard), hair grease, singing voice, megaphones, jail-stripes, skeleton costumes, signs, art, posters, CD players, boom-boxes, musical instruments, Johnny posters and records, and, of course, your favorite political Cash lyrics as big as you can print 'em!"

For more info, read the Nation article by peter Rothberg, http://www.thenation.com/actnow/index.mhtml?pid=1705.


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Subject: RE: Johnny Cash was Not a Republican
From: GUEST,P&M
Date: 25 Aug 04 - 09:00 AM

i cannot believe Cash would be comfortable siding with the fat cats

I loved Johnny Cash and his music, and I don't begrudge him any of the success that he had in life, but it seems to me that anyone who leaves an estate worth more than $100 million, after many decades of living in a huge, walled-in estate patrolled by armed security guards, was, compared to 99.99% of us, himself a fat cat.

BTW, are you the same Lisa Null who founded Green Linnet, a record company that got very fat by not paying royalties to dozens of artists?


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Subject: RE: Johnny Cash was Not a Republican
From: GUEST
Date: 25 Aug 04 - 09:10 AM

In 1970, at the height of the Vietnam War, Johnny Cash was at the White House, performing for Richard Nixon.

In 1981, he and June Carter appeared on a TV special saluting Ronald Reagan.

So what makes you think he wasn't a Republucan?


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Subject: RE: Johnny Cash was Not a Republican
From: Nerd
Date: 25 Aug 04 - 12:01 PM

Probably is the same Lisa Null, but in her defense she had nothing to do with Green Linnet by the time it allegedly stiffed its artists, and had not for many years. I don't think anyone even ALLEGES any misdeeds on Lisa's part.


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Subject: RE: Johnny Cash was Not a Republican
From: Once Famous
Date: 25 Aug 04 - 12:05 PM

really, what difference does it make if he was or wasn't a Republican or how much money he made for his talents.

The guy had major impact on American music.


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Subject: RE: Johnny Cash was Not a Republican
From: Cluin
Date: 25 Aug 04 - 04:26 PM

"Johnny Cash was a music legend and American icon whose career spanned decades and genres. His resonant voice and human compassion reached the hearts and souls of generations, and he will be missed." -- President George Bush


Well, there's one thing we agree on.


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Subject: RE: Johnny Cash was Not a Republican
From: Dewey
Date: 25 Aug 04 - 05:32 PM

I think Johnny Cash was like most of America is today: A Populist At Heart, A Defender of American Idealism, A Patriot, and a devoted Christian.

Dewey


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Subject: RE: Johnny Cash was Not a Republican
From: pdq
Date: 25 Aug 04 - 06:11 PM

All of the above plus a Cherokee Indian, a Korean War era vetran and a Republican.


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Subject: RE: Johnny Cash was Not a Republican
From: GUEST,Kathleen in VA
Date: 25 Aug 04 - 06:40 PM

Now here's a twist. When we were in Ireland, we were told that Johnny Cash was from a traveler family.
Anybody know anything about that?

I'm also signing on for not caring what political party he is identified with. I think Johnny Cash sang for people not political agendas.


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Subject: RE: Johnny Cash was Not a Republican
From: pdq
Date: 25 Aug 04 - 06:55 PM

K in VA - Did they also tell you they would paint your whole house for $200?


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Subject: RE: Johnny Cash was Not a Republican
From: kendall
Date: 25 Aug 04 - 08:55 PM

Is there a point here? Roy Acuff was also a republican but I still liked his music.


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Subject: RE: Johnny Cash was Not a Republican
From: GUEST
Date: 25 Aug 04 - 11:14 PM

Johnny Cash disclaimed any indian heritage!

except in his heart for them...


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Subject: RE: Johnny Cash was Not a Republican
From: GUEST,GROK
Date: 26 Aug 04 - 03:57 AM

Johnny Cash dealt with speed abuse in the 1960s. One side affect of amphetamine intake is that people write tremendous, catchy melodies. (I do not advise musicians take it, because despite the brilliant melody lines that result, speed eats brain cells at a fantastic rate, and causes paranoia, and has a few other really bad side effects, convulsions being one of them. Death is another. He also drank, lots.

When he got it all together with his wife, he also got it together with Jesus. Cash became a 'born-again' individual. He had been an 'outlaw', but part of that was the result of his drug-taking habits and his alcohol abuse. He eventually found a relative peace within himself and quit his low-down ways.

His politics? Beats me. People are not always clear, especially performers. Phil Ochs for example supported both Eugene McCarthy AND Bobbie Kennedy in 1967-8. He wanted an end-the-war candidate to get in. Does that make Phil a Democrat? No, because he also supported the Yippes (Youth International Party) and their candidate who was a pig. So I wouldn't make too much of the Republicans choosing Cash as their own. It should however tell people that the Reps are in desperate straights. Johnny Cash--God bless him--is dead. The Reps are calling on the dead to support them; maybe they worry they won't have enough of the living to pull it off in November.

No disrespect meant or intended toward Mr Cash. I can't say the same about the Republicans.

GROK


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Subject: RE: Johnny Cash was Not a Republican
From: Nerd
Date: 26 Aug 04 - 01:29 PM

There is a Cash family who are Irish travellers. I believe there was a piper of that family named Johnny Cash. So the person may have been mistaken about which Johnny Cash was a traveller!


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Subject: RE: Johnny Cash was Not a Republican
From: Once Famous
Date: 26 Aug 04 - 02:46 PM

Amazing how anyone can get Johnny Cash confused with anybody else.


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Subject: RE: Johnny Cash was Not a Republican
From: Cluin
Date: 26 Aug 04 - 03:07 PM

There was only one John R. Cash.


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Subject: Lyr Add: DELIA'S GONE (from Johnny Cash)
From: Cluin
Date: 26 Aug 04 - 03:26 PM

By the way, none of the versions of Delia's Gone in the DT or found on Mudcat by following the links provided above are the one done by John R.


Deliah's Gone (Johnny Cash version)

Delia, oh Delia
Delia all my life
If I hadden-a shot poor Delia
I'd-a had her for my wife
Delia's gone, one more round, Delia's gone

I went up to Memphis
And I met Delia there
Found her in her parlor
And I tied her to her chair
Delia's gone, one more round, Delia's gone

She was low-down and triflin'
And she was cold and mean
Kind of evil make me want to
Grab my sub-mo-chine
Delia's gone, one more round, Delia's gone

First time I shot her
I shot her in the side
Hard to watch her suffer
But with the second shot she died
Delia's gone, one more round, Delia's gone

But Jailer, oh Jailer
Jailer, I can't sleep
'Cause all around my bedside
I hear the patter of Delia's feet
Delia's gone, one more round, Delia's gone

So if your woman's devilish
You can let her run
Or you can bring her down and do her like
Delia got done
Delia's gone, one more round, Delia's gone
Delia's gone, one more round, Delia's gone


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Subject: RE: Johnny Cash was Not a Republican
From: GUEST,Blackcatter
Date: 26 Aug 04 - 03:32 PM

What I think is funny is a celebration of Johnny cash at Sothebys in New York City. That's as close to irony as the above statement gets!

The event should be held on Riker's Island to remmber all the concerts he gave at Prisons.


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Subject: RE: Johnny Cash was Not a Republican
From: GUEST,gene
Date: 27 Aug 04 - 02:26 PM

johnny cash bio...

http://www.theiceberg.com/artist.html?artist_id=181


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Subject: RE: Johnny Cash was Not a Republican
From: pdq
Date: 27 Aug 04 - 07:17 PM

Biography

b. 26 February 1932, Kingsland, Arkansas, USA. Cash has traced his ancestry to seventeenth-century Scotland and has admitted that he fabricated the much-publicized story that he was a quarter Cherokee. Cash's father, Ray, worked on sawmills and the railway; in 1936, the family was one of 600 chosen by the Federal Government to reclaim land by the Mississippi River, known as the Dyess Colony Scheme. Much of it was swampland, and in 1937, they were evacuated when the river overflowed. Cash recalled the circumstances in his 1959 country hit "Five Foot High And Risin'". Other songs inspired by his youth are "Pickin' Time", "Christmas As I Knew It" and "Cisco Clifton's Filling Station". Carl Perkins wrote "Daddy Sang Bass" about Cash's family and the "little brother" is Jack Cash, who was killed when he fell across an electric saw. Cash was posted to Germany as a radio-operator in the US Army. Many think the scar on his cheek is a knife wound but it is the result of a cyst being removed by a drunken doctor, while his hearing was permanently damaged by a German girl playfully sticking a pencil down his left ear. After his discharge, he settled in San Antonio with his bride, Vivian Liberto. One of their four children, Rosanne Cash, also became a country singer.

Cash auditioned as a gospel singer with Sam Phillips of Sun Records in Memphis, who told him to return with something more commercial. Cash developed his "boom chicka boom" sound with two friends: Luther Perkins (lead guitar) and Marshall Grant (bass). Their first record, "Hey Porter"/"Cry! Cry! Cry!", credited to Johnny Cash And The Tennessee Two, was released in June 1955, but Cash was irritated that Phillips had called him "Johnny", as it sounded too young. "Cry! Cry! Cry!" made number 14 on the US country charts and was followed by "Folsom Prison Blues', which Cash wrote after seeing a film called Inside The Walls Of Folsom Prison. They played shows with Carl Perkins (no relation to Luther Perkins). Perkins" drummer, W.S. Holland, joined Cash in 1958 to make it the Tennessee Three. Cash encouraged Perkins to complete the writing of "Blue Suede Shoes", while he finished "I Walk The Line' at Perkins" insistence: "I got the idea from a Dale Carnegie course. It taught you to keep your eyes open for something good. I made a love song out of it. It was meant to be a slow, mournful ballad but Sam had us pick up the tempo until I didn't like it at all." "I Walk The Line" reached number 17 on the US pop charts and was the title song for a 1970 film starring Gregory Peck.

Among his other excellent Sun records are "Home Of The Blues", which was the name of a Memphis record shop, "Big River", "Luther Played The Boogie", "Give My Love To Rose" and "There You Go", which topped the US country charts for five weeks. Producer Jack Clement added piano and vocal chorus. They achieved further pop hits with the high school tale "Ballad Of A Teenage Queen" (number 14), "Guess Things Happen That Way" (number 11) and "The Ways Of A Woman In Love" (number 24). While at Sun Records, Cash wrote "You're My Baby" and "Rock 'N' Roll Ruby" which were recorded by Roy Orbison and Warren Smith, respectively. Despite having his photograph taken with Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins, he did not take part in the "million dollar session" but went shopping instead.

At a disc jockeys' convention in Nashville in November 1957, Sun launched their first ever album release, Johnny Cash With His Hot And Blue Guitar, but Phillips was reluctant to record further LPs with Cash. This, and an unwillingness to increase his royalties, led to Cash joining Columbia Records in 1958. His cautionary tale about a gunfighter not listening to his mother, "Don't Take Your Guns To Town", sold half a million copies and prompted a response from Charlie Rich, "The Ballad Of Billy Joe", which was also recorded by Jerry Lee Lewis. Its b-side, "I Still Miss Someone", is one of Cash's best compositions, and has been revived by Flatt And Scruggs, Crystal Gayle and Emmylou Harris. Cash started to take drugs to help make it through his schedule of 300 shows a year; however, his artistic integrity suffered and he regards The Sound Of Johnny Cash as his worst album. Nevertheless, he started on an inspiring series of concept albums about the working man (Blood, Sweat And Tears), cowboys (Ballads Of The True West) and the American Indian (Bitter Tears). The concepts are fascinating, the songs excellent, but the albums are bogged down with narration and self-righteousness, making Cash sound like a history teacher. His sympathy for a maligned American Indian, "The Ballad Of Ira Hayes", led to threats from the Ku Klux Klan. Cash says, "I didn't really care what condition I was in and it showed up on my recordings, but Bitter Tears was so important to me that I managed to get enough sleep to do it right."

For all his worthy causes, the drugged-up country star was a troublemaker himself, although, despite press reports, he only ever spent three days in prison. His biggest misdemeanour was starting a forest fire for which he was fined $85,000. He wrecked hotel rooms and toyed with guns. He and his drinking buddy, country singer Carl Smith, rampaged through Smith's house and ruined his wife's Cadillac. Smith's marriage to June Carter of the Carter Family was nearing its end but at that stage, few could have predicted Carter's next marriage. In 1963, Mexican brass was added to the ominous "Ring Of Fire", written by Carter and Merle Kilgore, which again was a pop hit. Without Cash's support, Bob Dylan would have been dropped by Columbia, and Cash had his first British hit in 1965 with Dylan's "It Ain't Me Babe". Their offbeat duet, "Girl From The North Country", was included on Dylan's Nashville Skyline, and the rest of their sessions have been widely bootlegged. Dylan also gave Cash an unreleased song, "Wanted Man". Cash said, "I don't dance, tell jokes or wear my pants too tight, but I do know about a thousand songs.' With this in mind, he has turned his roadshow into a history of country music. In the 60s it featured Carl Perkins (who also played guitar for Cash after Luther Perkins" death in a fire), the Statler Brothers and the Carter Family. The highlight of Cash's act was "Orange Blossom Special" played with two harmonicas. One night Cash proposed to June Carter on stage; she accepted and they were married in March 1968. Their successful duets include "Jackson" and "If I Were A Carpenter".

In 1968 Columbia finally agreed to record one of Cash's prison concerts, and the invigorating album Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison is one of the most atmospheric of all live albums. It remains, arguably, Cash's best album and a contender for the best country record of all time. Cash explains: "Prisoners are the greatest audience that an entertainer can perform for. We bring them a ray of sunshine and they're not ashamed to show their appreciation." He included "Graystone Chapel", written by an inmate, Glen Sherley, which he had been given by the Prison Chaplain. Sherley subsequently recorded an album with Cash's support, but he died in 1978. The Folsom Prison concert was followed by one at San Quentin, which was filmed for a television documentary. Shortly before that concert, Shel Silverstein gave Cash a poem, "A Boy Named Sue". Carl Perkins put chords to it and, without any rehearsals, the humorous song was recorded, giving Cash his only Top 10 on the US pop charts and a number 4 success in the UK. Cash's popularity led to him hosting his own television series from 1969-71, but, despite notable guests such as Bob Dylan, the show was hampered by feeble jokes and middle-of-the-road arrangements. Far better was the documentary Johnny Cash - The Man, His World, His Music. Cash's catchphrase, "Hello, I'm Johnny Cash", became so well known that both Elvis Presley and the Kinks' Ray Davies sometimes opened with that remark.

Cash championed Kris Kristofferson, wrote the liner notes for his first album, Kristofferson, and recorded several of his songs. "To Beat The Devil" celebrated Cash overcoming drugs after many years, while "The Loving Gift" was about the birth of Cash's son John Carter Cash, who has since joined his stage show. Cash has often found strength and comfort in religion and he has recorded many spiritual albums. One of his most stirring performances is "Were You There (When They Crucified My Lord)?" with the Carter Family. He made a documentary film and double album The Gospel Road with Kristofferson, Larry Gatlin and the Statler Brothers, but, as he remarked, "My record company would rather I'd be in prison than in church." He justified himself commercially when "A Thing Called Love", written by Jerry Reed, made with the Evangel Temple Choir, became one of his biggest-selling UK records, reaching number 4 in 1972.

Cash is an imposing figure with his huge muscular frame, black hair, craggy face and deep bass voice. Unlike other country singers, he shuns lavish colours and in his song "Man In Black", he explains that he wears black because of the injustice in the world. In truth, he started wearing black when he first appeared on the Grand Ole Opry because he felt that rhinestone suits detracted from the music. With little trouble, Cash could have been a major Hollywood star, particularly in westerns, and he acquitted himself well when the occasion arose. He made his debut in Five Minutes To Live in 1960 and his best role was opposite Kirk Douglas in the 1972 film A Gunfight, which was financed by Apache money, although religious principles prevented a scene with a naked actress. He was featured alongside Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson in a light-hearted remake of Stagecoach and starred in a television movie adaptation of his pool-hall song The Baron. Cash also gave a moving portrayal of a coalminer overcoming illiteracy in another television movie, The Pride Of Jesse Hallam. He recorded the theme for the US television series The Rebel - Johnny Yuma and, among the previously unissued tracks released by Bear Family Records, is his submission for a James Bond theme, "Thunderball".

By opening his own recording studios, House Of Cash, in 1972, he became even more prolific. His family joined him on the quirky The Junkie And The Juicehead Minus Me and his son-in-law J.W. Routh wrote several songs and performed with him on The Rambler. He has always followed writers and the inclusion of Nick Lowe, former husband of Carlene Carter, and Rodney Crowell, husband of Rosanne Cash, into his family increased his awareness. His recordings include the Rolling Stones' "No Expectations", John Prine's "Unwed Fathers", Guy Clark's "The Last Gunfighter Ballad" and a touching portrayal of Bruce Springsteen's "Highway Patrolman". He showed his humour with "Gone Girl", "One Piece At A Time" and "Chicken In Black". He said, "I record a song because I love it and let it become a part of me." Cash moved to Mercury Records in 1986 and found success immediately with the whimsical "The Night Hank Williams Came To Town". He made an all-star album, Water From The Wells Of Home, with Emmylou Harris, the Everly Brothers, Paul McCartney and many others. His 60s composition "Tennessee Flat-Top Box" became a US country number 1 for daughter Rosanne in 1988. In the same year, various UK modern folk artists recorded an album of his songs "Til Things Are Brighter, with proceeds going to an AIDS charity. Cash particularly enjoyed Sally Timms" waltz-time treatment of "Cry! Cry! Cry!". During his late-80s revival, Cash was hampered by pneumonia, heart surgery and a recurrence of drug problems. He returned to the stage, however, either touring with the Carter Family or as part of the Highwaymen with Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings and Nelson, and remained passionate about his beliefs: "A lot of people think of country singers as right-wing, redneck bigots," he says, "but I don't think I'm like that."

In all, Cash has made over 70 albums of original material, plus countless guest appearances. His music reflects his love of America (a recent compilation was called Patriot), his compassion, his love of life, and, what is often lacking in country music, a sense of humour. His limited range is staggeringly impressive on particular songs, especially narrative ones. Like Bo Diddley's "shave and a haircut" rhythm, he has developed his music around his "boom chicka boom", and instilled enough variety to stave off boredom.

In a genre now dominated by new country, Cash found it difficult to obtain record contracts in the new decade, but this worked to his advantage with the low-key American Recordings, produced by Rick Rubin in 1994. Featuring just his craggy voice and simple guitar, it reaffirmed his talent for storytelling. Among the many excellent songs included Nick Lowe's "The Beast In Me" and Loudon Wainwright's "The Man Who Couldn't Cry". An appearance at the Glastonbury Festival in 1994 also introduced him to a new audience, this time indie and new wave rockers. In the USA during 1994 Cash became a media star and was featured on the cover on many magazines (not just music ones). It was an astonishing rebirth of interest. Unchained continued his renaissance, with effortless cover versions of Don Gibson's "Sea Of Heartbreak" and the Dean Martin classic "Memories Are Made Of This". His continuing popularity assured, Cash states he heeded the advice he was given during his one and only singing lesson, "Never change your voice." More worryingly, Cash announced he was suffering from Parkinson's disease at a Flint, Michigan concert on 25 October 1997, and was hospitalized with double pneumonia soon afterwards. Later he claimed that he had Shy-Drager syndrome, although this was subsequently stated to be a wrong diagnosis. Cash actually suffers from autonomic neuropathy, a group of symptoms affecting the central nervous system. Nevertheless, he was able to return to the studio to record the third instalment in Rubin's American Recordings series, Solitary Man.

Cash's gigantic contribution to country music's history is inestimable and, as he says, "They can get all the synthesizers they want, but nothing will ever take the place of the human heart.' He is a member of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, the Country Music Hall Of Fame, and the Songwriters" Hall Of Fame.


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Subject: RE: Johnny Cash was Not a Republican
From: michaelr
Date: 27 Aug 04 - 08:41 PM

Steve Earle, of whose early career Cash was a supporter, said on "Democracy Now!" today that he is appalled at the Republicans co-opting Johnny. He said, "John is turning in his grave".

Cheers,
Michael


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Subject: RE: Johnny Cash was Not a Republican
From: mack/misophist
Date: 27 Aug 04 - 11:29 PM

Let us not forget that many registered republicans are moderates who have somehow turned a blind eye to what their party has become. Mr Cash might easily have been one of them. It's hard for a man worth millions of dollars to be a liberal. The lure of profit is so great.


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Subject: RE: Johnny Cash was Not a Republican
From: GUEST,sadams at bitstream.net
Date: 27 Aug 04 - 11:53 PM

You know, there used to be such a thing as a liberal Republican. My father was one. He believed in hard work, personal responsibility, and paying off your debt. A lot of JC's work is about those same things, in one way or another.

Of course, I'm from Minnesota, where the Democrats are the DFL (Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party) and the Republicans used to be called Independent Republicans. That's right, they weren't officially part of the GOP.

The strange creatures that represent the GOP today had no place in my father's heart or politics, and I doubt they have much to do with Mr. Cash, however much they might like to claim him.

Sam


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Subject: RE: Johnny Cash was Not a Republican
From: GUEST,Olof
Date: 05 Jan 05 - 04:24 PM

What left-wing-extremists like Steve Earle says about Johnny Cash is of no notion. And i live in sweden.


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Subject: RE: Johnny Cash was Not a Republican
From: michaelr
Date: 05 Jan 05 - 04:37 PM

What sweden guest Olof says about Steve Earle is of no notion.


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Subject: RE: Johnny Cash was Not a Republican
From: Wesley S
Date: 05 Jan 05 - 05:56 PM

Gosh Olof - you consider Steve Earle left wing ?


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Subject: RE: Johnny Cash was Not a Republican
From: GUEST,Sidewinder
Date: 05 Jan 05 - 07:13 PM

Just reading pdqs' posting really tells it like it was; anything else here is irrelevant and for once I am very impressed -terrific mini-biog pdq keep up the good work.


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Subject: RE: Johnny Cash was Not a Republican
From: GUEST,Auggie
Date: 05 Jan 05 - 07:31 PM

Actually, Mr. Cash was adamant in his autobiography that he had never been in prison. County or city jail, yes. Prison, no.


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Subject: RE: Johnny Cash was Not a Republican
From: Tom Hamilton frae Saltcoats Scotland
Date: 29 Dec 06 - 04:43 AM

Johnny Cash's family came from FIFE in Scotland, his daughter Rosanne was in fife looking her family tree. So he's from a Scottish family that moved to america in the 17th c.

good music


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Subject: RE: Johnny Cash was Not a Republican
From: GUEST,sorefingers
Date: 29 Dec 06 - 08:21 PM

Hmm now that's interesting. I seem to recall years ago in the Ozark Mtns hearing reports that Johnny C's folks were Arkansans. Sure enough I do know a few people with the name Cash who have connections to that State, but these folks tell me that their origins were in Ireland, and precisely in Co. Wexford Ireland. That may explain why Johnny never did settle the matter, but he did record a song about Ireland "The 40 Shades Of Green". Perhaps today the Orange tyrants over there in Scotland would have re-arranged that to be "The 40 Shades Of Orange".


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Subject: RE: Johnny Cash was Not a Republican
From: maple_leaf_boy
Date: 04 Jun 09 - 08:49 PM

He did in his 1997 autobiography. He traced his family tree to Queen
Ada, the sister of Malcolm the fourth, descendant of King Duff, The
first King Of Scotland. I have it. It's a really good read. Very
honest and detailed, and it's somewhat in like a diary form, because he
mentions where he is and what he's doing while he's writing it.


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Subject: RE: Johnny Cash was Not a Republican
From: Neil D
Date: 05 Jun 09 - 01:53 AM

He had Pete Seeger on his TV show, and publicly defended him, when no one else would. (Other than The Smothers Brothers of course)


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Subject: RE: Johnny Cash was Not a Republican
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 05 Jun 09 - 10:15 AM

But with the second shot she died

If two rounds killed her, why did he need one MORE round?


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Subject: RE: Johnny Cash was Not a Republican
From: bankley
Date: 05 Jun 09 - 12:26 PM

"The Man in Black ain't coming back, Who's gonna Walk the Line? "


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Subject: RE: Johnny Cash was Not a Republican
From: maple_leaf_boy
Date: 05 Jun 09 - 08:24 PM

He was also on Hootenany, a show that Bob Dylan and Joan Baez boycotted,
because it was blacklisted.
I'm pretty sure that he was a moderate. A little Republican on some
issues, a little Democratic on others. In the end, he was always
trying to join two conflicting groups by finding a common ground. That
was one of his best character traits. He was a moderator, but
and usually helped out the underdog.


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Subject: RE: Johnny Cash was Not a Republican
From: kendall
Date: 06 Jun 09 - 06:40 AM

The Kennedys have no problem being rich and being Democrats.Why would Johnnie Cash have a problem?


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Subject: RE: Johnny Cash was Not a Republican
From: Bobert
Date: 06 Jun 09 - 07:49 AM

I seriously doubt if Johnny was either a Repub or a Dem... More a apolitical independent as far as I could read into his politics...

But if you accept the notion that a man can be judged by the company he keeps that in his later years he sho nuff hung out with alot of purdy progressive minded people...

B~


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Subject: RE: Johnny Cash was Not a Republican
From: GUEST,Jesse
Date: 19 Jul 09 - 02:30 PM

Johnny Cash was a registered democrat, but that doesn't mean he always supported them. His family moved to Dyes, Arkansas during the Great Depression from which FDR made the New Deal, which gave farmers some land to make a living.


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Subject: RE: Johnny Cash was Not a Republican
From: Rog Peek
Date: 19 Jul 09 - 03:15 PM

I read somewhere that Johnny Cash would not take any payment for his appearance on Pete Seeger's show. Says more about him than any reference to his politics.

Rog


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Subject: RE: Johnny Cash was Not a Republican
From: MARINER
Date: 19 Jul 09 - 04:11 PM

As regards Johnny's traveller connections, he was said to bear a physical resemblance to John Cash the piper, who was a traveller and came from County Wexford.As someone suggests above, so did Johnny's ancestors .


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Subject: RE: Johnny Cash was Not a Republican
From: GUEST,TJ in San Diego
Date: 20 Jul 09 - 01:29 PM

Personally, I don't give a mouldy fig what the man's political affiliations were. That is why we, in the U.S., so treasure the secret ballot. What we believe is nobody's business unless we choose to make it public. I can't imagine how many great performances, musical or theatrical, I might have foregone had I been put off merely by the political stances, real or alleged, of the performers.

As an aside, I am increasingly appalled at the excesses of both the far right and the far left, the absolute venality and disingenuousness of politicians and the unwillingness of people to compromise in the interest of what is best for the most. The author, Shelby Foote, once opined that compromise was the "great genius" of our political system and the thing that allowed us to not only survive the Civil War, for example, but to prosper.

Johnny Cash's music will be played long after any memory of his political direction, if any, fades away. He may not have been native American, as one alleges, but knowing how and where he grew up, he might well have asked the critics to "Walk a mile in my mocassins."


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Subject: RE: Johnny Cash was Not a Republican
From: GUEST,Bluesman James
Date: 20 Jul 09 - 05:17 PM

I pulled this from wikipedia: Perhaps it raises more questions than it answers:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Cash
When invited to perform at the White House for the first time in 1972, President Richard Nixon's office requested that he play "Okie from Muskogee" (a satirical Merle Haggard song about people who despised youthful drug users and war protesters) and "Welfare Cadillac" (a Guy Drake song that derides the integrity of welfare recipients). Cash declined to play either song and instead played a series of more left-leaning, politically charged songs, including "The Ballad of Ira Hayes" (about a brave Native-American World War II veteran who was mistreated upon his return to Arizona), and his own compositions, "What is Truth?" and "Man in Black". Cash claimed that the reasons for denying Nixon's song choices were not knowing them and having fairly short notice to rehearse them, rather than any political reason.[9]

[edit] Highwaymen


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Subject: RE: Johnny Cash was Not a Republican
From: GUEST,TJ in San Diego
Date: 20 Jul 09 - 07:10 PM

Funny; maybe it's just me, but I don't necessarily think of those three songs as "left-leaning" so much as thought-provoking attempts to help people empathize more with their fellow humans, recognize hypocrisy and address real need.

Much as some folks use and shape Biblical quotes to buttress personal points of view, some also use song and story, often out of context, in that same way. It does a disservice to both singer and listener.


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Subject: RE: Johnny Cash was Not a Republican
From: Elijah Browning
Date: 21 Jul 09 - 10:08 AM

Reading all these posts, I'd say they all could reflect the truth. Johnny Cash epitomized what a true U.S. American is. And as soon as you think you know what a true American is, you're wrong.


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Subject: RE: Johnny Cash was Not a Republican
From: goatfell
Date: 21 Jul 09 - 02:48 PM

johnny cash's family came form FIFE in Scotland in the 17th cent and moved to America


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