Eyes Of A Fan
To Johnny Cash
At The White House
Visits The White House
Folsom Prison to the White House, few entertainers have run the gamut like
Johnny Cash. This American icon and country music legend is the subject of
a retrospective exhibition in honor of his 70th birthday.
his nearly fifty years in the music industry Cash has performed for five
U.S. Presidents, traveled to Vietnam to entertain the troops, and recorded
over 100 albums including his historic live concert recordings at Folsom
and San Quentin prisons.
Beginning Saturday, Oct. 8 at 10:00 AM PST
, the Richard Nixon Presidential Library, the featured Exhibit will be
"Johnny Cash: A 70th Birthday Retrospective." The exhibit will
chronicle Johnny's career from the very beginning through present. An
extensive collection of memorabilia, including stage used costumes,
guitars, gold records, handwritten lyrics, concert poster and much more
will be on display. Johnny himself has sent his Kennedy Center Honors
Medallion and his National Medal of Arts for display. The Library is
located in Yorba Linda , CA . For full details, visit www.nixonlibrary.org and click on Johnny's photo
once there. This is something Johnny Cash fans CAN'T miss!!
the President met Elvis, he met Johnny Cash.
visited the White House at the President's invitation, but Mr. Cash did so
both as a performer, at a concert for the Nixons and their guests in April
1970, and an advocate of prison reform during an Oval Office meeting in
July 1972. Mr. Cash, an Air Force veteran, also went to South Vietnam to
perform for our troops.
Nixon had a special affinity for the American heartland, and Mr. Cash's is
quintessential heartland music - indeed one of the driving forces behind
the roots revival in popular music during the 1990s. The two come together
again this Saturday, when the Nixon Library unveils its latest special
exhibition, "Johnny Cash: A 70th Birthday Tribute."
It features videotaped performances ranging from the 1950s to the 1990s,
guitars, clothing, handwritten lyrics, and rarely seen personal items
running the gamut from Mr. Cash's early days in Kingsland, Arkansas to the
driving force behind the exhibit is a neighbor of the Nixon Library in
Corona, California, Bill Miller, who became both a Nixon and Cash fan in
1968, a pivotal year for politics and music alike.
was eight when he first started campaigning door-to-door for RN in his
hometown of Eagle Mountain, California. As a result of the protests
against the Vietnam War, he said, RN was his man.
for the Man in Black, the defining moment for Bill Miller was when a
classmate brought "Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison" to school one
day. As Mr. Miller remembers it, "I'll never forget the feeling I had
when in his booming baritone he proclaimed, `Hello, I'm Johnny Cash' to
the deafening cheers of the inmates."
Miller started collecting Cash albums and memorabilia and yearned to hear
him perform. But the success of "A Boy Named Sue" and a weekly
television show meant that Mr. Cash was playing bigger markets than Eagle
in the early 1970s he and his father got tickets to a Denver show. Their
seats were far from the stage, but they worked their way down front for a
snapshot. The song was "Orange Blossom Special," in which Mr.
Cash played two harmonicas. When he was done, he looked right at Bill
Miller and tossed him one.
in a hallway after the show, Mr. Miller met June Carter Cash and then
Johnny. In the years that followed Mr. Miller went on to success in
business and politics, including three terms as a council member. But to
Mr. Cash and his entourage, he would always be Little Billy Miller. Mr.
Cash warmly acknowledges the friendship in his 1997 autobiography.
bond between this legendary performer - himself a collector of Americana
autographs - and his #1 fan helped Bill Miller build an extraordinary
collection. We guarantee that guitar aficionados will swoon at the sight
of the Guild that Mr. Cash used during virtually every stage performance
and studio session for a decade. There are unconfirmed reports that a top
Nixon Library official actually played three chords on this historic
instrument during one of Mr. Miller's visits and when curator Olivia Anastasia is,
who assembled the show together with designer Erik Christman and
curatorial aide Eleanor Schott, was out of the room.
Miller approached the Library in early 2002 and asked if we would be
willing to mount an exhibit based on his collection. "When you
consider that President Nixon had a huge influence on my decision to enter
politics and that he was a huge Johnny Cash fan and admirer," he
said, "there's no better place as far as I'm concerned."
that moment of inspiration, the Nixon Library
its visitors are proud to
Johnny Cash in saying thanks to Little Billy Miller
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Highlights of this exhibit include
personal memorabilia, guitars, costumes, awards, and photos.
Ran From October 19th thru December 31st
Johnny Cash Exhibit 2002, Was Shown By His Wonderful
Friend, Bill Miller
Bill Miller With Johnny
Bill Miller, Administrator Of The Official Johnny Cash Web-Site
Revised: September 03, 2007
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