Quote from the Man in Black

On WWOZ yesterday, the DJ Cousin Dimitri played a Johnny Cash set.

He played the live recording of following story:
Johnny Cash told the story about his involvement in the Vietnam War in front of an enthusiastic crowd at Madison Square Garden. He recounted a conversation he had with a reporter after Cash returned from visiting troops in Vietnam. “That makes you a hawk, doesn’t it?” Cash says the reporter asked. Cash told the audience that he answered, “‘No, no, that don’t make me a hawk.’ But I said if you watch the helicopters bring in the wounded boys, and then you go into the wards and sing for ’em and try and do your best to cheer ’em up, so they can get back home, it might make you a dove with claws.” He then launched into a cover of Ed McCurdy’s “Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream,” a song about ending war. — transcription from an abstract for the Journal for the Study of Radicalism

Brought tears to my eyes. Oh and I love that Johnny Cash is being analyzed in a academic journal of radicalism. Fabulous.


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