Johnny Cash stands among the giants of 20th century American life. But his story remains tangled in mystery and myth.

This documentary, created with the full cooperation of the Cash estate and rich in recently discovered archival materials, brings Cash the man out from behind the legend. Taking the remarkable Folsom Prison recording as a central motif and featuring interviews with family and celebrated collaborators, the film explores the artistic victories, the personal tragedies, the struggles with addiction, and the spiritual pursuits that colored Johnny Cash’s life.

He was a link between America’s musical past and its careening future, a singer- songwriter before we had a name for such a thing. Experiencing some of his most creative years at the end of his life, Cash wrote and recorded until his final days. This is his story. At last.


In only the best senses of the comparison, documentarian Thom Zimny is becoming the Ken Burns of American roots music.
[This film] is bound to make both longtime fans and the newly converted all the more grateful for the gift that was, and continues to be, Johnny Cash.