A good piece of writing about what I always found as a strange pairing. I quite like Johnny Cash but I am mad about Dylan. They always seemed very different to me.
Throughout the 1950’s Johnny Cash represented every dynamic of popular American Music. From his rhythmic strumming; echoing the trains that charged across the nation, to the deep voice and thoughtful lyrics that spoke the heart of American ideals; Johnny Cash was American music. Similarly, Bob Dylan, arriving on the scene a generation behind Cash, directed light onto political and social issues, providing thought provoking lyrics to the conflicting melody that was a heated time of war for the United States. Bob Dylan was American music.
This solid foundation of similar musical representation is what led these two legendary musicians to a lifelong friendship. As Cash confided in Cash: The Autobiography, their alliance began when, “I’d put on [The] Freewheelin’ [Bob Dylan] backstage, then go out and do my show, then listen again as soon as I came off. After a while at that, I wrote Bob a letter…
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