*Citizen Cash: The Political Life of Johnny Cash* is a fantastic new book by Michael Stewart Foley, and we sat down and talked to him all about it. This is a must-listen, must-see episode.
Listen in: https://bit.ly/CashGandR
We talked about Cash’s upbringing in the depression and how the New Deal helped his family and led him to develop a “politics of empathy.” We discussed his views on race, and especially his “Blood, Sweat, and Tears” album.
We talked about his work on behalf of prisoners and Native Americans, his views on the Vietnam War, and the way he stood up to Richard Nixon at the White House. We also discussed his legacy in today’s politics.
Cash wasn’t only one of the most important entertainers of the 20th Century but a profound political figure as well.
You can buy *Citizen Cash* as your local indy bookstore, among other places, or order from the publisher at https://www.basicbooks.com/titles/michael-stewart-foley/citizen-cash/9781549112249/ .
Michael Stewart Foley is a writer, historian and professor of American Civilisation at Université Grenoble Alpes. His website is at https://michaelstewartfoley.com/.