Editors Note:


EDITOR'S NOTE: Fresh off a three year managerial stint, your friendly neighborhood lenslinger is back on the street and under heavy deadline. As the numbing effects of his self-imposed containment wear off, vexing reflections and pithy epistles are sure to follow...

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Respect for The Man

With Walk The Line new to theaters this weekend, the once young and troubled Man In Black is all over the blogosphere. This pleases me greatly, as no other purveyor of popular Americana is more worthy of our clamor than the late, great Johnny Cash. At least that's how I see it. But then again I've always been a fan of blue-collar troubadors, especially those who've yet to quell all their demons. Headed for an early grave, young Johnny was a thunderbolt of promise and pills when he met an awkward daughter of musical royalty. June Carter didn't tame her man, but she did teach him how to live a much longer life than even he knew he was due. That he lived to be grandfather of such gravel and grit that music lovers as young as my eight year old hold his name in reverence, is testimony of this strong woman's power. Don't believe me? Listen to 'Jackson' sometime.

Which reminds me, anybody seen my Best of Johnny Cash CD? The last time I heard it was in Live 1; Whitey and I were speeding toward a late-day live shot and needed The Man to soothe us. Since then it's vanished, but I have no doubt that sacred disc is spinning for somebody, somewhere. As for the movie, I only hope that 'Walk The Line, fresh on the heels off 'Ray', will spur a long line of 20th century musical biopics. Maybe then, Mr. Rodriguez will stop making kids' movies and work on the long-delayed SRV film. Either that, Robert, or sell the rights...

5 comments:

David Boyd said...

Who plays SRV?

Lex said...

Mr. Sun! relays the story of how Cash, one take from the end of his musical career, reached down and found something that saved that career and, with it, his life (in all likelihood). I'll leave it to him to explain why it's such a good story, but it is.

Lenslinger said...

Thanks, Lex.

David,

As far as I know, the movie is in pre-development limbo. Rodriguez bought the rights to one version of Stevie's story years ago, but has done nothing with it. Casting would be a major issue as Stevie wasn't exactly an average lookin' cat. Perhaps they could CG or body-double the inevitable fretboard calisthenics, but ya still gotta have someone who can swing an axe. As for who today could be SRV, I don't know...a younger Billy Bob Thornton?

David Boyd said...

Got it. Benicio Del Toro.

David Boyd said...

Got it again. Michael Madsen.