It's Johnny Cash's birthday!

Johnny Cash was born on February 26, 1932. That's today – except, 86 years in the past.

When Cash died back in 2003, I was pretty shaken up. I grew up listening to his music. Once I had my own home, his music was in constant rotation, along with bands like The Clash, The Pogues, and James.

Most of the people I know remember him from his latter day works, like his cover of "Hurt," or for Joaquin Phoenix's portrayal of him in Walk the Line. When I think of Johnny, it's for the fact that he never missed a chance to call bullshit on power or to highlight the plight of the less fortunate in the music that he wrote. "Man in Black" is a fine example of that.

Cash was no saint, but he tried hard to be a better person than he really was. I suppose, being something of an occasional turd myself, I still look to him in that regard. Read the rest

Johnny Cash's smart-alecky to-do list

The late-great Johnny Cash had a playful sense of humor, as evidenced by this to-do list.

According to a 2012 New York Times article, the note, which was hand written by the legendary Man in Black, was sold at auction in 2010 for $6,250.

Julien's Auction reports the list appears on page 64 of the 2005 book, Cash: An American Man.


photo by Jim Marshall (the story of Cash flipping the bird is here) Read the rest