Johnny Cash: The Last Great American

Chris Rodley

Johnny Cash was one of America’s most famous country music stars. The popular singer’s life ended not long after completing the retrospective Unearthed, a CD set of his acoustic performances which helped resurrect Cash’s career in the last years of his life.

The documentary chronicles Cash’s life and features interviews from his daughter Rosanne Cash and son John Carter Cash, his life-long manager Lou Robin.

In the 60s, he created his famous ‘Man in Black’ persona and became a huge country star with hits like Folsom Prison Blues, Ring of Fire, I Walk the Line and A Boy Named Sue, while torn between drug dependency, hellraising, and a powerful spirituality. Cash had long since established himself as a man of the people with his prison concerts beginning with an incendiary performance at San Quentin in 1958.

After the singers tough times during the 1980s, Cash was able to reignite his career with a younger audience during the 1990s by recording music with rap-rock producer Rick Rubin.

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