John R. « Johnny » Cash (February 26, 1932 – September 12, 2003), born J. R. Cash, was an American singer-songwriter, actor, and author, who has been called one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. Although he is primarily remembered as a country music artist, his songs and sound spanned many other genres including rockabilly and rock and roll—especially early in his career—as well as blues, folk, and gospel. Late in his career, Cash covered songs by several rock artists, among them the industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails and the synthpop band Depeche Mode…
Much of Cash’s music, especially that of his later career, echoed themes of sorrow, moral tribulation and redemption. His signature songs include « I Walk the Line », « Folsom Prison Blues », « Ring of Fire », « Get Rhythm » and « Man in Black ». He also recorded humorous numbers, such as « One Piece at a Time » and « A Boy Named Sue »; a duet with his future wife, June Carter, called « Jackson »; as well as railroad songs including « Hey, Porter » and « Rock Island Line ».
Cash, a devout but troubled Christian, has been characterized « as a lens through which to view American contradictions and challenges. » A Biblical scholar, he penned a Christian novel entitled Man In White, and he made a spoken word recording of the entire New King James Version of the New Testament. Even so, Cash declared that he was « the biggest sinner of them all », and viewed himself overall as a complicated and contradictory man. Accordingly, Cash is said to have « contained multitudes », and has been deemed « the philosopher-prince of American country music ». (Wikipedia)
Johnny Cash’s cover of « Hurt » was released on his 2003 album, American IV: The Man Comes Around. Rick Rubin, producer of Cash’s American series and a friend of Reznor, suggested the song to Cash. The line « crown of shit » was changed to « crown of thorns », like Reznor’s censored-for-radio version, not only removing profanity from the lyrics, but also more directly referencing Christ. The cover was released on a single with the B-side « Personal Jesus », a cover of the Depeche Mode single. In September 2010, the song achieved to re-enter the German Singles Chart at No. 96, more than 7 years after the song’s original release.
Personal Jesus (reprise de Depeche mode)
Live prison of St Quentin: He turned the water into the wine:
Cash felt great compassion for prisoners. He began performing concerts at various prisons starting in the late 1950s.His first ever prison concert was held on January 1, 1958 at San Quentin State Prison. These performances led to a pair of highly successful live albums, Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison (1968) and Johnny Cash at San Quentin (1969).
The mercy Seat: