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Throughout his career, Johnny Cash has been depicted -- and has depicted himself -- as a walking contradiction: social protestor and establishment patriot, drugged wildman and devout Christian crusader, rebel outlaw hillbilly thug and elder statesman. Leigh H. Edwards explores the allure of this paradoxical image and its cultural significance. She argues that Cash embodies irresolvable contradictions of American identity that reflect foundational issues in the American experience, such as the tensions between freedom and patriotism, individual rights and nationalism, the sacred and the profane. She illustrates how this model of ambivalence is a vital paradigm for American popular music, and for American identity in general. Making use of sources such as Cash's autobiographies, lyrics, music, liner notes, and interviews, Edwards pays equal attention to depictions of Cash by others, such as Vivian Cash's publication of his letters to her, documentaries and music journalism about him, Walk the Line, and fan club materials found in the archives at the Country Music Foundation in Nashville, to create a full portrait of Cash and his significance as a cultural icon.

Table of Contents

  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. Introduction: Cash as Contradiction
  2. pp. 1-24
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  1. 1. "What Is Truth?": Authenticity and Persona
  2. pp. 26-63
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  1. 2. “A Boy Named Sue”: American Manhood
  2. pp. 64-80
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  1. 3. Gender and “The Beast in Me”: Ramblers and Rockabillies Authenticity and Persona
  2. pp. 82-105
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  1. 4. Race and Identity Politics
  2. pp. 106-125
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  1. 5. Man in Black: Class and National Mythologies
  2. pp. 126-154
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  1. 6. The Gospel Road: Cash as Saint and Sinner
  2. pp. 156-182
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  1. Conclusion: “God’s Gonna Cut You Down”: Cultural Legacies
  2. pp. 184-189
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 191-214
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 215-225
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 227-241
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780253003171
Print ISBN
9780253352927
MARC Record
OCLC
456376592
Pages
256
Launched on MUSE
2012-02-08
Language
English
Open Access
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