International Cash Day: Cash ’68 by David Lasky

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In 1968, Johnny Cash experienced one of the most tumultuous years of his life: a divorce, an engagement, a Grammy Award, and the recording and release of At Folsom Prison, possibly his most iconic album in an already rich discography. For KEXP’s International Cash Day, we asked Seattle-based comics artist David Lasky to capture a year in Cash’s life in his beautiful and thoughtful illustrative style. Lasky is the Eisner-Award winning artist behind the graphic novel The Carter Family: Don’t Forget This Song (Abrams Books), a collaboration with writer Frank M. Young.

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5 Comments

  1. Sarianna
    Posted February 26, 2016 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

    Kudos to the artist… this is informative and well done, thank you.

  2. Randy Bowles
    Posted February 26, 2016 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    I love David Lasky’s work! Thank you for publishing this.

  3. XN
    Posted February 27, 2016 at 10:20 am | Permalink

    Epic! Another stellar contribution to American music history from the amazing Dave Lasky. Makes me wanna drop Cash’s Folsom Live onto the turntable and just take it all in.

    And, hey, a weird coincidence: Nickajack Cave? “I lost my innocence with Johnny Cash” — Nick Cave

  4. Posted February 27, 2016 at 10:55 am | Permalink

    My main sources:

    Johnny Cash: The Life
    by Robert Hilburn

    The Man Called Cash: The Life, Love, and Faith of an American Legend
    by Steve Turner

    Both are great Cash biographies. His memoir, “Cash, The Autobiography” (with Patrick Carr) is also a worthwhile read.

  5. Peter Jameson
    Posted May 13, 2017 at 11:52 am | Permalink

    David Lasky is awesome — for more of this great stuff, buy his graphic biography, written with Frank Young, about June’s roots, “The Carter family, Don’t Forget This Song”.

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