Johnny Cash International: How and Why Fans Love the Man in Black

Michael Hinds (Author) Jonathan Silverman (Author)


Across all imaginable borders, Johnny Cash fans show the appeal of a thoroughly American performer who simultaneously inspires people worldwide. A young Norwegian shows off his Johnny Cash tattoo. A Canadian vlogger sings "I Walk the Line" to camel herders in Egypt's White Desert. A shopkeeper in Northern Ireland plays Cash as his constant soundtrack. A Dutchwoman co­ordinates the activities of Cash fans worldwide and is subsequently offered the privilege of sleeping in Johnny's bedroom. And on a more global scale, millions of people watch Cash's videos online, then express themselves through commentary and debate.

In Johnny Cash International, Hinds and Silverman examine digital and real-world fan communities and the individuals who comprise them, profiling their relationships to Cash and each other. Study­ing Johnny Cash's international fans and their love for the man reveals new insights about music, fandom, and the United States.

Product Details

$27.50  $24.75
University of Iowa Press
Publish Date
June 01, 2020
6.0 X 0.9 X 8.9 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

Michael Hinds is associate professor of English at Dublin City University. He is coeditor of Rebound: The American Poetry Book. He lives in Dublin, Ireland.

Jonathan Silverman is associate professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He is author of Nine Choices: Johnny Cash and American Culture. He lives in Arlington, Massachusetts.