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October 12, 2013 | By Robert Hilburn
Johnny Cash's life in the 1960s is mostly remembered as a time of glorious achievement - from the landmark prison albums at Folsom and San Quentin to the launch of the ABC-TV series featuring such guests as Bob Dylan and the Doors that led to his becoming a giant figure in popular culture, a symbol to millions, no less, of the best of American social values. But Cash also experienced excruciatingly dark times in the decade, fueled by drugs and guilt over the breakup of his marriage.
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April 9, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
It wasn't as if Carlene Carter was short on source material to draw on for her new album, “Carter Girl,” the first of her 37-year recording career in which she fully embraces her place in country music hiistory as the daughter of June Carter (Cash) and the granddaughter of Mother Maybelle Carter of the original Carter Family. “I made a list of every Carter Family song I knew that they had sung or I had sung when I was with them,” she said of her periodic drop-ins as a member of the Carter Sisters touring unit that included her mother and two aunts, Helen and Anita Carter.
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May 28, 2005 | Valerie J. Nelson, Times Staff Writer
Vivian Liberto Distin, the first wife of Johnny Cash and the woman he pledged to remain faithful to in the song "I Walk the Line," died Tuesday at Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura. She was 71. Distin died of complications from surgery for lung cancer, said Danny Kahn, manager of singer Rosanne Cash, the oldest of the couple's four daughters. The pair met at a roller-skating rink in San Antonio three weeks before the Air Force sent Cash to Germany in 1950.
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March 25, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
When asked for the story behind this week's posthumous release of Johnny Cash's "Out Among the Stars," a "lost" album recorded in the early '80s with fabled Nashville producer Billy Sherrill, his son, John Carter Cash, quickly reels off a laundry list of reasons. "It seemed to be a cohesive body of work," Cash, 44, said from the family's headquarters in Hendersonville, Tenn. A few years ago he came across the never-released recordings while organizing the bounty of archival materials left behind by his father and his mother, June Carter Cash, after their deaths in 2003.
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June 14, 2012
A Tribute to the Music of Johnny Cash When: Sat., 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Where: Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura Cost: $10 for parking; $20-$150 Info: http://www.roadshowrevival.com
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January 2, 2014 | By David Ng
Fans of Johnny Cash -- and the jukebox musical based on his life -- will get a chance to hear from an expert who knew the late singer well and spent decades researching his career. Former Los Angeles Times pop-music critic and editor Robert Hilburn will discuss the life of Cash before performances of the upcoming musical "Ring of Fire" at The Laguna Playhouse on Jan. 18. Hilburn will speak at 1 p.m., prior to the 2 p.m. matinee performance, and at 6:30 p.m., prior to the 7:30 p.m. evening performance.
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April 20, 2013 | By Kari Howard
I'm at Coachella this weekend, where maybe I'll try to do the story-song combo in reverse order: hear a song, and try to think of a story that fits it. My mind is already full of possibilities. For the Stone Roses' "I Wanna Be Adored" (probably my all-time favorite song title), just about anything involving a Hollywood actor would work, no? I'll keep you posted on Twitter. In these roundups of the week gone by, I'm offering the first paragraphs of each Column One--maybe they'll buy your eye and you can settle in for a good weekend read.
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May 21, 2004 | From Bloomberg News
Music legend Johnny Cash's guitars, trademark black leather jackets and Ford F-150 black pickup truck will be sold by Sotheby's Holdings Inc. in New York on Sept. 14 and 15. The singer-songwriter died last September at age 71. Sotheby's also will sell the possessions of June Carter Cash, Johnny's wife and musical collaborator, who died in May 2003 at age 73. Included among the couples' belongings are handwritten lyrics.
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September 9, 2004 | From Reuters
Johnny Cash's guitars, his black leather boots and a tin cup from Folsom Prison are among the memorabilia from the late country music star that will be auctioned at Sotheby's next week. The collection, including everything from lavish personal items to seven Grammy Awards and black jackets from Cash's stage performances, will be sold at a three-day auction starting next Tuesday. The items represent about one-third of the Cash estate and are expected to bring more than $1.
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October 12, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
A brief question-and-answer session between staff writer Randy Lewis and former Los Angeles Times pop music critic Robert Hilburn about his new book, "Johnny Cash - The Life. " Question: What's your memory of hearing Johnny Cash for the first time? Hilburn: I was driving to school at Reseda High School - I was a junior, and it was early 1956. I had a '49 Ford. I was listening to the country station, and 'Folsom Prison Blues' comes on … It didn't sound like the stuff I was hearing on the pop stations.
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March 8, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Veteran New Orleans pianist, songwriter and producer Dr. John will be the honoree at a star-studded tribute concert during the city's 2014 Jazz & Heritage Festival , with friends and admirers paying tribute on May 3. Mavis Staples, Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas, Lucinda Williams, Gregg Allman and at least a dozen others will take part in the concert, dubbed “The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: A Celebration of Mac and His Music,” to...
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March 1, 2014 | By Kevin Bronson
Not two hours after he performed his passion project in an 88-seat theater on a recent Sunday night, Ross Golan made the rounds at a Grammy after-party hosted by Daft Punk, smiling as Jay Z and Beyoncé glided by and making nice with Madonna and Skrillex and Pharrell Williams. Inhabiting either world would have been inconceivable five years ago to Golan, whose first rock band had failed, whose second was flailing and whose days were spent toiling in his condo. Which was in foreclosure.
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January 28, 2014 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Pete Seeger, folk singer, activist, song archivist and one of the most important American musical voices of the 20th century, has died at age 94, his grandson Kitama Cahill-Jackson told the Associated Press. The singer, who lost his wife, Toshi, last year, was responsible for such classics of American song as "We Shall Overcome," "Where Have All the Flowers Gone" and "Turn, Turn, Turn. "  VIDEO: 'Turn, Turn, Turn' As Claudia Luther noted in the Times' obituary , Seeger influenced generations: "At some point, Pete Seeger decided he'd be a walking, singing reminder of all of America's history," Bruce Springsteen said at the all-star Madison Square Garden concert marking Seeger's 90th birthday in 2009.
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January 13, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Within the space of two years, Rosanne Cash lost her mother (Vivian Liberto), her father (Johnny Cash) and stepmother (June Carter), deaths she wrestled with on her two previous albums: 2009's "The List" and 2006's "Black Cadillac. " She takes the longer view in "The River & the Thread," her sterling new album informed by her nearly 10 years as an adult orphan in the world. In deeply personal and insightful songs, Cash assesses who she is and where she came from as well as what has been bequeathed to her by her parents and by geography on the road to figuring out what truly is her own. The album's title stems from a line in the opening track, "A Feather's Not a Bird," in which she evenhandedly recognizes the forces that shape a person, with the understanding that it's up to each person how those elements direct their lives.
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January 2, 2014 | By David Ng
Fans of Johnny Cash -- and the jukebox musical based on his life -- will get a chance to hear from an expert who knew the late singer well and spent decades researching his career. Former Los Angeles Times pop-music critic and editor Robert Hilburn will discuss the life of Cash before performances of the upcoming musical "Ring of Fire" at The Laguna Playhouse on Jan. 18. Hilburn will speak at 1 p.m., prior to the 2 p.m. matinee performance, and at 6:30 p.m., prior to the 7:30 p.m. evening performance.
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December 12, 2013 | By Hugh Hart
Elvis. Aretha. The Beatles. These are the titans. Jerome Felder, Spooner Oldham and Freda Kelly? They're the supporting players. Following on last year's Oscar-winning Sixto Rodriguez documentary, "Searching for Sugarman," a fresh set of nonfiction films this year focused on low-profile talents whose stories are every bit as fascinating as their more famous compatriots. Leading the charge this year: Oscar shortlisted documentary "20 Feet From Stardom. " Financed by the late record executive Gil Friesen, "Stardom" offers a bittersweet group portrait of half a dozen background singers who helped define landmark recordings by Ray Charles, Ike and Tina Turner, Rolling Stones, Sting and Stevie Wonder but failed to carve out comparable solo careers for themselves.  FULL COVERAGE: Oscars 2014 At the outset, director Morgan Neville faced a daunting challenge.
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June 14, 2012 | By Katherine Tulich, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Being the only all-female Johnny Cash tribute band in the world is bound to raise a few eyebrows, or perhaps in this case a few black cowboy hats. "We have people coming up to us all the time asking how can girls sing that low," laughs Suzi Fray, lead singer and guitarist for the Johnnys, a trio who are on their first trip to the U.S. from their home base of Nelson, New Zealand. The Johnnys will be one of the featured artists Saturday at Ventura's fourth A Tribute to the Music of Johnny Cash, a festival dedicated to the Man in Black showcasing 12 local and overseas tribute bands on two stages as well as rockabilly pioneer Wanda Jackson and country star Carlene Carter.
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December 10, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
A long-ago shelved album that Johnny Cash recorded in the early 1980s while still at Columbia Records will be released on March 25 after being rediscovered by his son, John Carter Cash. The only child of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash came across the tapes while organizing their archives in Hendersonville, Tenn. The album includes a dozen songs, including duets with Cash and his wife and with longtime friend Waylon Jennings. The record is titled “Out Among the Stars.” "When my parents passed away, it became necessary to go through this material," John Carter Cash said in a statement.
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December 10, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
A long-ago shelved album that Johnny Cash recorded in the early 1980s while still at Columbia Records will be released on March 25 after being rediscovered by his son, John Carter Cash. The only child of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash came across the tapes while organizing their archives in Hendersonville, Tenn. The album includes a dozen songs, including duets with Cash and his wife and with longtime friend Waylon Jennings. The record is titled “Out Among the Stars.” "When my parents passed away, it became necessary to go through this material," John Carter Cash said in a statement.
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October 30, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Complementary stories about widely admired country singer and songwriter Roger Miller provided a highlight of Tuesday's Writers Bloc session in Santa Monica featuring Johnny Cash biographer and longtime L.A. Times pop music critic Robert Hilburn with his guest for the evening, Kris Kristofferson. Hilburn, whose new book “Johnny Cash: The Life” was published Tuesday, told an audience of about 300 that he first met Kristofferson in 1970. It was shortly before he'd been hired full time by the newspaper, when he was pursuing an interview with Miller, who was in Los Angeles at the time.
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