"The army stationed me down South when I was younger, and I couldn’t even use the same bathroom as white people. But things have changed so much. The younger generation isn’t nearly as racist. I’ve been sitting here for fifty years. So much has changed. This neighborhood used to be all black. A white person couldn’t even walk down this street. All the races kept to themselves. Now you’ve got Indians talking to Pakistanis, blacks talking to whites, everybody is here and learning from each other’s cultures. I’ve been sitting here for 50 years. Things are getting better."
Johnny Cash at Shea Stadium, 1967
Top: Tommy Davis, Bud Harrelson, and Johnny Cash
Second: June Carter and Johnny Cash
Third: Cash with Marshall Grant and Luther Perkins
Bottom: Johnny Cash and an unidentified Mets fan
Top photo: Sony Music library via Legacy Recordings/fb, h/t Baseball Reliquary
Other photos by Bill Levy via Johnny Cash Info Center
Same snaps from the last few weeks.
"My mother died rather suddenly when I was eighteen. One thing that I didn’t expect was the amount of resentment I would feel. I know it’s not fair of me to put that sort of thing on other people. But when I see someone walking down the street with their mother, I feel jealous. I know their relationship is going to have its ups and downs, and it’s going to evolve, and it will have this trajectory to it that I’ll never have, and it just seems unfair. Of course I know it’s absurd to talk about fairness in the universe."
"Why is that absurd?"
"Because there’s no such thing as karma. I mean, when you’re a good person, people can sense it and they’ll reciprocate that goodness. But the universe isn’t keeping some balance by guaranteeing you a reward."
"I know this isn’t going to be a popular opinion, but I’m gay, and I don’t think there’s nearly as much discrimination as people claim. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve experienced discrimination. But it hasn’t been a huge factor in my life. I feel like a lot of people bring discrimination on themselves by getting in people’s faces too much. They like to say: ‘Accept me or else!’ They go around demanding respect as a member of a group, instead of earning respect as an individual. And that sort of behavior invites discrimination. I’ve never demanded respect because I was gay, and I haven’t experienced much discrimination when people find out that I am."
9 February 1964 - It was 50 years ago today…
…that The Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan show for the first time, one of the most significant cultural moments of the 20th Century. After many previous attempts to break into the American music market, “I Want To Hold Your Hand” had made number one in America, causing 73 million viewers to tune in to see the Ed Sullivan performance. The band preformed “All My Loving”, “Til There Was You”, “She Loves You”, “I Saw Her Standing There”, and, of course, “I Want To Hold Your Hand”.