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Although Johnny Cash's music most often falls into the country music genre, he has sang with numerous other famous stars from Jerry Lee Lewis to Tom Petty. Cash's style changed and developed over the years, and never seemed to fit into a set mold. While his music is often grouped with other country stars such as Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and Merle Haggard, he also sang with Elvis and Bob Dylan. Check out the music player for some tunes from artists that are similar to Cash.

Purpose of this guide

The purpose of this research guide is to assist users of the Music Library and Sound Recordings Archives collection to find materials on the musician Johnny Cash. The guide will showcase records, websites, cd's, print, non-print, and video available in the music library that offer insight into self-proclaimed "Man in Black". The guide will hopefully aid scolars, students, faculty, and fans in finding the materials they need. 

Hello, I'm Johnny Cash.

Often known as the "Man in Black", Johnny Cash was a music legend. He recorded music from the mid-1950's until his death in 2003. His music was hard to define. Was it rock, country, or gospel? Was he a musician, a rebel, a TV icon, or a christian? Throughout his life, Cash was all of these things and more. Johnny Cash lived a life of contradictions but one thing is for sure, Cash wrote music for the common man, the poor man, the prisoner, and those people who couldn't speak out for themselves.  During his lifetime, he was inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as well as the Country Music Hall of Fame. Since his death in 2003, Cash's music has lived on through posthumous albums. The last of these recordings is Ain't No Grave, was released in early 2010.

Search Strategies

To search for book and other material about Johnny Cash use the Subject field and type in "Cash, Johnny." To look for materials by Johnny Cash use the Author field and type "Cash, Johnny."

Type as much or as little of the subject as you want. For example:
  • children's rights
  • motion pictures
  • United States History Civil War, 1861-1865

The subject search uses a specific, controlled vocabulary for describing Library material. If you do not find what you are looking for in the subject index, try a keyword search or ask a Librarian for assistance

Other Common subject include "country-musicians-United States", "country music", and "Highwaymen (country music group.)"

Looking for a specific cd or song? Type the title in the "title" field. Not sure what recording you are looking for? Browse all music by typing "Cash, Johnny" in the author field.

Also, narrow your search by just the Music Library or type of material wanted. For example, specify whether the material wanted is a sound recording or print source by using the sound recording or material type box.


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This guide was created by Erin Roby a MLIS student from Kent State. The guide was completed as part of her practicum hours.