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Johnny Cash's son: Bob Dylan freaked out when he met my dad

By Mick Murray
Rolling Stone

A lost Johnny Cash album that the Man in Black recorded in the early Eighties, Out Among the Stars, came out this month, and it included the song "She Used to Love Me A Lot" and his take on tracks like Hank Snow's "I'm Movin' On" and Ed Bruce's "After All." A few days after the record finally hit stores, its compiler, Johnny's son John Carter Cash, sat down for a Reddit AMA, answering questions on everything from old records to his old man's eating habits, concluding with this cuddly photo of his dad. Here are five things we learned.

Also from Rolling Stone: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Johnny Cash

1. Johnny and Rick Rubin used take communion together over the phone.
As a metal fan whose dad once took him backstage at an Ozzy Osbourne concert, John Carter Cash knew Rick Rubin from his work on the Cult's Electric. "Rick gave my father the opportunity to follow his heart and make the records he always wanted to make," he wrote. The producer and the elder Cash became such good friends that, toward the end of Johnny's life, they would share communion over the phone. "They worked well together, but any producer will tell you, you really don't 'produce' Johnny Cash."

2. Bob Dylan jumped on Johnny Cash's bed the first time they met.
According to the account the singer gave to his son, Cash met Dylan in a New York City hotel room in the early Sixties. Although they had exchanged letters, upon finally meeting one another, "Dylan rushed into his room, jumped on the bed and began bouncing up and down chanting, 'I met Johnny Cash, I met Johnny Cash.'" Although they fell out of touch as time went by, they remained friends.

3. Out Among the Stars was shelved – literally.
"Physically, literally, this record was put on the back shelf," the younger Cash wrote. According to his account, in 1984, Columbia "was losing interest in" and "didn't know how to promote" his father's new work, and so tapes ended up in a vault in his office, where they remained until two years go.

4. That vault doesn't exist anymore.
All the tapes have been removed, providing the source for the potential "four or five" albums of unreleased material, and the vault is now empty. John's favorite discovery within it? A "wonderful record of my father singing and playing guitar by himself" that was released on Bootleg Volume 1: Personal File.

5. Johnny Cash loved deep-fried chicken skin.
And crunchy peanut butter and fried catfish, but those two are a bit less grotesque.

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Rolling Stone’s List of the 100 Greatest Artists: Johnny Cash
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The 10 Best Bob Dylan Bootlegs

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Apr 11, 2014 8:40AM
Apr 1, 2014 2:00PM
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Deep fried chicken skin, crunchy peanut butter, and fried catfish grotesque?  Not to an old school Southerner. 

Apr 1, 2014 1:36PM
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I like Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan. The big news is just above /\   Bieber got Booed! Whoa-ho!!!
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So what was Bobbie doing on Jphnny's bed anyway? Showing off his fingernail polish techniques? Stephen Colbert strikes back at tweet controversy admitting that he is carrying a mixed DNA child from Jimmy Kimmel and Guillermo, having been impregnated in a Red Chinese lab under funding from Oprah.
Apr 1, 2014 10:48AM
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He was a beautiful, flawed person.  I shed my tears for Mr. Cash because he was so much like me.
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