Johnny Cash and June Carter are two important figures in music history. Not only were they great performers on their own, but they also met, fell in love, and provided us with amazing music that they created together: Music such as the well known hit, Ring of Fire that was co-written by June Carter and Merle Kilgore, and performed by Johnny Cash. The lyrics were said to have been inspired by June's experience of being in love with Johnny in the early days...
In the NY Times Magazine online, they recently shared some photos from the family's private collection.
“Neither of my parents ever threw anything away,” says John Carter Cash, the only son of Johnny Cash and June Carter. So, by his parents’ death in 2003, the family vault brimmed with photos and scattered ephemera. John Carter spent years cataloging everything, and the result is “House of Cash” (Insight Editions, $40), a deeply personal, often surprising scrapbook of his home life. (Now 41, he appears as a boy in many of the photos from the book.) In addition to the pictures, many taken by the Man in Black himself, the book includes Johnny Cash’s handwritten poems; one, from 1982, is hopelessly titled “Don’t Make a Movie About Me.”
"I spent the first twenty-seven years of my life on tour with my parents, taking to the stage with them during almost every show," said John Carter Cash. Photographs courtesy Cash Productions
"Dad literally carried me around the world with him through the early years of my life," said John Carter Cash.
"My father¹s best friend as a boy was his brother Jack, two years his senior, who died at the age of fourteen," said John Carter Cash.
A poem for June. "Dad never ceased to remind my mother of his love for her," said John Carter Cash.
"To my father, art had no restrictions. He was a true 'American Primitive.' He greatly enjoyed sketching and photography, carrying a camera with him whenever he could," said John Carter Cash.
"My father and mother at home with each other in the House on the Lake," said John Carter Cash.
Here's the couple singing "Jackson" together. Those of you who saw the movie Walk The Line might remember Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon doing a pretty good rendition, but I prefer the original. I love the banter between the two of them. The film (Walk the Line) did a good job of showing that too.