The Johnny Cash Museum has already earned the title of one of the hottest new attractions in the city, with its recent topping of Forbes Magazine’s list of “Top 5 Must-See” destinations in Nashville, and now the museum is unveiling a brand new event space. Renowned journalist Robert Hilburn will christen the new space on Nov. 1 with a symposium on the life of the Man In Black, hosted by museum founder Bill Miller.
Hilburn’s new book on Cash’s life, Johnny Cash: The Life will be released by Little, Brown and Company on Oct. 29, and will cover the legend’s artistic career and turbulent personal life. Before launching into projects such as his latest book, Hilburn was the music critic for the L.A. Times from 1970-2005, and was the only music writer allowed into Folsom Prison to witness Cash’s legendary performance at the penitentiary.
“Of the many great rock pioneers in the 1950s,” Hilburn says, “Cash was the only one who approached his music as more than hits for the jukebox. He wanted his music to inspire and uplift people. In that goal, he was the crucial link between Woody Guthrie’s music of social idealism and commentary in the 1930s and 1940s and Bob Dylan’s music of revolution in the 1960s and beyond.”
Doors for the Q&A will open at 6 p.m., and admission is free.
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