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The Man in Black

Thursday, September 12, 2013 Sophie Magdalena

"I hurt myself today, to see if I still feel.  I focus on the pain.. The only thing that's real." 

Today, is the 10th anniversary of the death of one of this world's greatest music legends; Johnny Cash.  His story is one America, and the world alike, has come to know quite well. Severely addicted to narcotics through most of the 1960's to help him endure the chaotic schedule that came with insurmountable levels of fame, there were days when Johnny Cash drowned himself in more than 100 pills paired with a case of beer.  Men have certainly died from far less...... 

I had the pleasure of sitting down with Jonathan Holiff earlier this week to talk about the debut of his first film and documentary, "My Father & The Man in Black," which released in the United States on September 6th.  Jonathan Holiff is the son of Saul Holiff, manager to Johnny Cash through the peak of Cash's career in the 60's and 70's.  The relationship between Johnny and Saul was one of speculation for many, many years after Saul suddenly quit without warning when Johnny was at the top.  

In an incredible recreation of his father's past, Jonathan gives us an inside look at audio never heard before from audio diaries kept by his father discovered months after his unexpected death in 2005.  In the Fall issue of Halfstack Magazine, I share with you the details of this captivating documentary and exclusive interview with Jonathan where he reveals intimate moments of what it was like growing up with a father who was largely absent from his life; and his journey to find the man he never knew in the shadows of a legend.  

Jonathan Holiff as a boy, Saul Holiff (left), & Johnny Cash (right)

I am so excited to share the full length article with everyone, which will go live next Tuesday on September 17th..... Less than a week away!  Given that our Fall issue is always our big music issue, this article is key in providing each of you a little piece of music history.  

-Sophia Sanchez
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**Image courtesy of The Saul Holiff Collection**

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