Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Johnny Cash's Home Burns Down
A fire swept through Johnny Cash's home, now owned by Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees (he was remodeling it). Among the strange comments: a member of the Oak Ridge Boys suggested this was God's way of making sure the home was no one's but Johnny's. (Really, you might think God wouldn't want to injure a fireman just to accomplish that, but maybe it was the Old Testament God.) And another neighbor talked about the house's history, insisting that the Fulsom Prison record and San Quentin records came from that house. What could he possibly mean? Those were live albums recorded on location at those prisons. He didn't introduce new songs and if he mixed the albums at that home (which I'm almost certain wasn't the case), it would still be pushing it to suggest those albums came from his home. Lots of history there, but live albums recorded in prison are not among the notable events at Johnny Cash's home.