The Iconic Pairing of Dylan and Cash

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.

Old time rock and roll

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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