Antonino D’Ambrosio – “The Bitter Tears of Johnny Cash” (2009)

September 15, 2010 at 10:44 am (Johnny Cash, Music, Reviews & Articles)

A Nov. 9, 2009 article from Salon about Johnny Cash’s feud with the music industry over the album Bitter Tears…

The untold story of Johnny Cash, protest singer and Native American activist, and his feud with the music industry.

In July 1972, musician Johnny Cash sat opposite President Richard Nixon in the White House’s Blue Room. As a horde of media huddled a few feet away, the country music superstar had come to discuss prison reform with the self-anointed leader of America’s “silent majority.” “Johnny, would you be willing to play a few songs for us,” Nixon asked Cash. “I like Merle Haggard’s ‘Okie From Muskogee’ and Guy Drake’s ‘Welfare Cadillac.'” The architect of the GOP’s Southern strategy was asking for two famous expressions of white working-class resentment. Read the rest of this entry »

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