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Story of Johnny Cash & His Manager Revealed in My Father and the Man In Black

Johnny Cash (1932 – 2003) walks inside the gates of Folsom Prison, preparing to perform his fourth concert for inmates there, California, 1964. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Johnny Cash’s personal and professional life has been well-documented, particularly his relationship with wife June Carter. But before there was Johnny and June, there was Johnny Cash and his longtime manager, Saul Holiff. Their story is told in My Father and the Man In Black, directed by Saul’s son, Jonathan Holiff.

The film coincides with the 10-year anniversary of Johnny’s death and uncovers previously unreleased letters and audio conversations between Johnny and Saul. Director Jonathan, estranged from his father for 20 years, discovered hundreds of letters and audio diaries between his father and Johnny following Saul’s suicide.

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Among the discoveries are phone calls between Saul and Johnny during Johnny’s pill-filled years in the 1960s, triumphs at Folsom and San Quentin, Johnny’s wedding to June Carter and Johnny’s conversion in the early 1970s to born-again Christian. The film gives fans a unique behind-the-scenes look at the music business, the dark side of success and the friendship between Johnny and Saul, which would eventually dissolve.

The film opens in New York City and Los Angeles on September 6.

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