After the suicide of Johnny Cash's former manager, Saul Holiff, his estranged son, Jonathon, returns home. There, Jonathon learns from his mother that his father's personal records exist in storage. As Jonathon searches through them, he discovers much about his father's life of deferred dreams in London, Ontario until he became the manager of Johnny Cash. From there, Jonathon learns of his father's hectic life managing the erratic country star with his personal demons and moods and how the material success came with a profound cost of its own for Saul. In doing so, Jonathon gets a new perspective of a father who had his problems that he never fully conquered himself. Written by
Kenneth Chisholm (email@example.com)
Before there was Johnny and June, there was Johnny and Saul
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[On Johnny Cash - the person
He's not what he appears to be. In many cases, he's more than he appears to be and, in some cases, possibly less... and the fact that his marriage lasted so long. They had a lovely son together, who has done well. I would have to say overall it's a very happy story, you know, like a guy who prevailed against incredible odds and did extraordinarily well as have the people around him. I mean, I didn't come out of this suffering either. Everyone who knew him might have...
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