Historian Michael Stewart Foley talks with the Green and Red Podcast about Johnny Cash, Vietnam and Nixon.
*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.
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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. Continue reading “Johnny Cash’s Politics, w/ historian Michael Stewart Foley”
Historian Michael Stewart Foley talks with the Green and Red Podcast about the legacy of Johnny Cash’s politics today.
In this episode, we talk about left politics in country music with Prof. Mark Allan Jackson. Country music has a huge popular following and has been closely associated with Republican and socially conservative political forces. Politicians like George Wallace, Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan have all appealed to country’s fans to build their political bases. But country music has also had a populist left appeal as well. From Nashville to Bakersfield, CA, country musicians have espoused progressive political positions as well in lyrics and activism.