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' along with chaotic scenes involving members of the singer's entourage 'running up and down the hallway without clothes'.
In another memo from March 1965, Holiff details how Cash missed an entire 10 day tour and how he tries desperately to locate him.'The title of the book the Man Who Carried Cash has a double meaning - on one side was that Saul walked round with a briefcase full of tens of thousands of dollars and he used to pay the talent at the end of the night out of that in wads of cash,' Chadwick explains.'But there were also times when he carried Johnny figuratively and literally - like when he carried him to the stage by his elbows after he passed out.'One pretty interesting memo of Saul's is form March 1965 where they are about to embark on a 10-day tour and guitarist Luther Perkins calls him at midnight and says, 'Johnny has laryngitis and won't make the tour'.'Then it goes through all the days that follow and what he has to go through, so someone saying Johnny has passed out in their office, then he disappears and reappears somewhere else, then someone saw him at Columbia records and eventually June Carter calls him from the hospital and says Johnny's condition is 'as described' - whatever that means.'The book is not just a tell-all of every salacious thing that happened - it's also looking at what it's like to have a client like that when you are a manager and seeing it from the manager's point of view.
Johnny Cash missed a 10-day tour at the height of his drug addiction as Holiff desperately tried to locate him (Cash pictured with producer Don Law and Columbia Records president Goddard Lieberson, 1961)'At one point he was taking 100 pills a day washed down with a case of beer.'At that time speed was really common because musicians had to travel huge distances to go to shows.'Johnny says how he felt like promoters just take a dart and throw it at a map and say go here go here.'His drug problem started that way and just escalated from here.'Saul had his own substance abuse issues too - mainly with alcohol.
They were both dealing with their own private issues that were very similar, they both had overbearing fathers who criticized them and told them they would amount to nothing.
In 1966, the far-right racist publication Thunderbolt, which claimed to carry 'The White Man's Viewpoint', reprinted a photo of Johnny and his first wife Vivian Liberto with the incorrect assumption that she was black.
It prompted the Ku Klux Klan to go on the attack against Cash The article goes on to claim: 'The best kept secret since the Atomic Bombs been the fact that singer Johnny Cash has a Negress for a wife and they have four mongrelized children …
money from the sale of [Cash's] records goes to scum like Johnny Cash to keep them supplied with dope and negro women.'Chadwick said: 'Even though Johnny's marriage was on the rocks by the time he was arrested for struggling drugs in El Paso he ended up going home to Vivian to make a good public appearance.'That's why she was at his court date months later where her picture was taken by an Associated Press photographer and was put in the newspapers.'Then this far right wing white supremacist newspaper the Thunderbolt picked it up and thought Vivian was black and published the picture along with a really shocking article.
As far as I know the copy found in Saul's locker is the only copy in existence.'The KKK, who read that newspaper then went on the attack and it ended up being this two year hate campaign by the KKK against Johnny and Saul - it was pretty extraordinary.'There were bomb threats, thousands of flyers, protest at their shows, death threats against Johnny.
Vivian was just left there devastated.'Then there's one time when Vivian files for divorce and can't find Johnny anywhere so she has to take an ad out in the newspaper, which must have been really humiliating for her.Some of the images illustrate Cash's descent into drug addiction - one rare newspaper clipping from the Ottawa Journal in September 1966 shows the singer looking hollow eyed and haggard.An image from the Ottawa Journal, found in Saul's scrapbook, shows how haggard Johnny Cash was in the fall of 1966.You really feel for her as a Catholic woman having to do that.Then Johnny's accountant sends a letter to Saul saying "Apparently he's leaving this up to you".'The book also details the shocking campaign of hatred launched by the KKK to Cash and Holiff - and includes the racist article that sparked it off - thought to be the only copy in existence.
Saul Holiff recorded an audio diary about what it was like to manage Johnny Cash.