Revisiting Johnny Cash’s classic Indian rights recording
You’re forgiven if you’ve never heard or even heard of Johnny Cash’s brilliant 1964 concept album, Bitter Tears: Ballads of the American Indian. It wasn’t one of his best sellers, though one of its key tracks, “The Ballad of Ira Hayes”, would become a fair-sized hit. Without knowing the album’s history, the more cynical among us might believe that it was released a decade later, as some kind of a cash-in on halfhearted environmentalism and a popular sense of civil rights. You might even think that it was a grasp at capturing a younger audience, one that was convinced that all of us have Native American blood coursing through our veins.
Artsy Zip Guns. According to the blog I found these on, artist Tom Sachs realized that zip guns could be made cheaply and easily, then sold to New York gun “buybacks” for $300 each. Being an artist, of course, he couldn’t resist giving them some flair. You can find more photos here.
For those of you wondering, it IS legal to build a firearm at home, as long as they follow the NFA rules (no Short Barrel Rifles, machine guns, etc.) and they are not for sale or profit. So IF Mr. Sachs actually sold them, he was breaking that second rule, although most “buybacks” stress the “no questions asked” rule.