'Johnny Cash: American Rebel' Documentary Coming to CMT This Fall

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Johnny Cash photographed circa 1965.

On the 12th anniversary of Johnny Cash's death (Sept. 12), fans can get a better look into the life of the Man in Black thanks to CMT. The network will be releasing an original documentary about the late musician, Johnny Cash: American Rebel, which combines never-before-seen interviews with Cash's friends and family, archival concert footage, and personal mementos from his life.

A release from CMT describes the film as a celebration of "the life and artistry of the late Man in Black as captured through the unique perspective of his greatest songs," including "Folsom Prison Blues," "Ring of Fire" and "Hurt." The documentary will display how each song "illustrates a chapter in his life" while simultaneously showing the progression of America from the 1950s until Cash's death in 2003.

As shown in a trailer for the film, several big names in country music share insights on Cash and the life he led, including Willie NelsonEric ChurchSheryl Crow, Clive Davis, Merle Haggard, Kid Rock, and Kris Kristofferson. According to the release, the documentary also marks the first time Cash's children John Carter Cash and Rosanne Cash, as well as June Carter's daughter Carlene Carter, appear together in a film about him.

Johnny Cash: American Rebel premieres on Saturday, Sept. 12 at 9p.m. ET on CMT. Watch the trailer below.


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