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Tells the story without frills or frippery
on 23 April 2006
Well we all know what unauthorised means - couldn't afford to buy the expensive clips or pay for music rights so we'll bung a pile of public domain rubbish on a disc full of talking heads. However, this one is considerably better than most.
As we all know, Johnny Cash ended up an American music icon, especially after the Rick Rubin produced material in the decade prior to his death. Hence why he is one of the few people inducted into both the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
However, he was also a man of many contradictions and this DVD doesn't shy away from his black side, with the two main interviewees, drummer W.C. (Fluke) Holland and brother Tommy Cash content to relate tales which show both sides to the legend. Naturally, there aren't any full songs, but the story is told well, and it does exactly what it says on the tin.
The DVD also contains several bonus features including: tours of Johnny and June’s home in Hendersonville, Tennessee, and of Johnny’s private recording studio, which while not essential are reasonable enough.
With interest in Cash at an all time high after the one dimensional "Walk The Line", this is a good way into the rest of his life, for those new to the story.