A unique documentary about the legendary Johnny Cash is set to premiere on the 12th anniversary of his passing.
Cash died on Sept. 12, 2003, and Johnny Cash: American Rebel will make its debut on Sept. 12, 2015 on CMT. The film chronicles the musical and social impact of the Man in Black by using 12 of his most important songs as its soundtrack, outlining his messages against war, injustice, racism and prejudice.
Those songs include “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Jackson,” “San Quentin,” “Man in Black,” “Sunday Morning Coming Down,” “Ring of Fire,” “Hurt” and more. According to a press release, “Each song illustrates a chapter in his life, as well the story of an ever-changing America from the 1950s to modern day, as told through interviews, archival concert footage, photographs and personal artifacts from the Cash family.”
The documentary marks the first time Cash’s children, John Carter Cash and Rosanne Cash, have appeared along with June Carter’s daughter Carlene Carter in a film about Johnny Cash. The documentary also features interviews with Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Rodney Crowell, Clive Davis, Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, John Mellencamp, Kid Rock, Rick Rubin, Willie Nelson and more.
The film promises to reveal new layers to the musical icon.
“The way he related to an audience and who he was on stage, was his best self,” Rosanne Cash says. “He had an intimate relationship with his audience and he worked out a lot of his problems under the spotlight.”
“There were so many different facets to him, such an undefinable depth to his character,” John Carter Cash adds. “You could see it in his eyes and it brought on mystery, and it brought on a need for, perhaps, understanding him in a deeper way and this is part of the appeal of who the man was.”
Johnny Cash: American Rebel premieres Saturday, Sept. 12 at 9PM ET/PT. Check out a trailer for the film at CMT.com.
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