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Stephen Richard Eng: Tennesse Wild West: Song and Cinema 2

Stephen Richard Eng: Tennesse Wild West: Song and Cinema 2

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Part two in media influence on the Old West Image
Part two in media influence on the Old West Image

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plaintandtrainsong,withWesternbrutality("IshotamaninReno,justtowatchhimdie").His1958,"Don'tTakeYourGunstoTown;'isamournfuldirgewithaninterestingrhythmchange,aboutacowboywhospurnshismama'sadvicewithfatalconsequences.InreallifeCa~~andhisbandmembers,perhapstoocarelessly,tooktheirgunstowhatevertownstheyplayed,dischargingtheminmotelsandincars.Once,onHollywoodBoulevard,JohnnyandfiddlerGordonTerrytiedupandgaggedsingerWarrenSmith.Thentheydroveuptoabank,JohnnyarmedwithashotgunandColt.45...butablasepedestrianwalkedupandsimplyask~dhowtogettoHollywoodBndVine.Johnnypracticedwithhissingle-actionColt.45tillhecouldcock,draw,andfireinlessthan~ilialf-second...
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alphabet.IndianswouldcometoCash'sdefensein1967,whenhewassuedfor$125,127bytheU.S.Government.Twoyearsearlier~sparksfromhiscamper'sexhausthaddestroyed508acresofCaliforniaforestland.Califor-nia'sTribalLandRightsAssociationthreatenedtoclaimalltheForestServicelandinsouthernCalifornia,iftheofficialsdidn'teaseuponJohnnyCash!Theycitedan1887settlementact,butofcoursethegovernmentgavetheIndianpositionitscustomaryrespect..John-nyfinallyagreedtoaslightlyreducedfigureandpaidit.Alsoin1965,aroughperiodforJohnnypersonally,the"ManinBlack"recordedthedouble-albumBalladsoftheTrueWestforColumbia
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