Get on Up (film)
Get on Up is a 2014 American biographical drama film about the life of singer James Brown directed by Tate Taylor and written by Jez and John-Henry Butterworth. The film was released on August 1,2014, get on Up is told using a nonlinear narrative through James Browns stream of consciousness, including asynchronous events and frequent breaks in the fourth wall. The film opens in 1993 with James Brown walking through a hallway as an audience chants his name. He hears the voices of people he knew throughout his life, the film cuts to 1988 in Augusta, James learns that his private bathroom in a strip mall he owns was used without his consent. As James confronts and forgives the trespasser, James accidentally fires a shotgun, during the 1960s, James and his band decide to travel to Vietnam to show support to the black troops, where they put on a well-received show. In 1939, James is raised in the woods by his parents, whose marriage is fraught with financial struggles and physical abuse. Later he performs in a group, The Famous Flames, formed by Bobby Byrd, whose family sponsored his release from prison.
James lives with the Byrd family and becomes lead singer of Bobbys group, in 1964, manager Ben Bart convinces them to let The Rolling Stones close The T. A. M. I. The Flames upstage the Stones, exiting the stage, James tells the Stones, in James childhood, Susie leaves Joe, and Joe threatens her with a gun and keeps James. Joe continues to abuse James until Joe joins the army, James is left living with and working for his Aunt Honey, who runs a brothel. At her home, he attends church and enjoys the choir, at the age of 17, James steals a suit, is arrested, and receives a five-to-thirteen-year prison sentence. In prison, James sees a group of singers performing and his enthusiastic reaction incites a riot wherein both he and one of the singers, Bobby Byrd, are injured. Bobby invites James into the Byrd household, years later, James joins Bobbys gospel group and they put on a show at a club as The Famous Flames, following a performance by Little Richard. Another flashback from Jamess childhood shows him and other black boys forced into a battle royal boxing match while a band plays, inspired by the funky band, James wins the match.
In the 1950s, James and Bobby meet an agent from King Records, with whom The Flames record their first single, Please, King Records executive Syd Nathan initially mocks the song but appreciates Jamess vocals. Ben Bart becomes James manager, calling him the voice of the group. The records are labelled as James Brown and His Famous Flames and Bobby form a new band with Maceo Parker, Pee Wee Ellis, Nafloyd Scott, and Baby Roy. The Famous Flames singing group is re-formed, replacing the members that quit, the Flames perform at the Apollo Theater to an excited audience
Fallen Angels (TV series)
Fallen Angels is an American neo-noir anthology television series that ran from 1993 to 1995 on the Showtime pay cable station and was produced by Propaganda Films. No first-run episodes were shown in 1994, the series was executive produced by Sydney Pollack and produced by Steve Golin and others. The theme song was written by Elmer Bernstein and the music was written by Peter Bernstein. Period torch songs by performers like Patti Page and Billie Holiday were used periodically, in Europe, the show is known as Perfect Crimes and shown in France on Canal +, and in England. The series is set in somber Los Angeles right after World War II, the episodes, although filmed in color, mimicked what had been done by Hollywood filmmakers during the film noir era of the 1940s and 1950s in terms of tone and story content. The television program was produced using top-notch directors, well-known hard-boiled fiction writers, experienced screenplay writers, inventive cinematographers, the art direction gave the series the ambiance and historical look required of a show devoted to noir set in Los Angeles.
A few known actors went behind the camera to direct a few episodes and they include, Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks, and Kiefer Sutherland. Each episode begins with a cool and restrained jazz score as the sultry character Fay Friendly explained to the audience what would develop in the episode and her words are wistful and foreshadowed the pain to come. Neo-noir novelist James Ellroy said of the show, Its a role call of tormented souls confronting their monsters within and its the world of pulp on celluloid, pure translations that augment the stark power of great short fiction. In his review for the Associated Press, Scott Williams wrote, Were asking a lot of TV to deliver entertainment about that stylish and it lets us look over the edge and measure our souls against the darkness. The Chicago Sun-Times gave the two out of four stars and Ginny Holbert wrote, Part of the problem is the series arch. In his review for The New York Times, John J. OConnor called it, uneven but diverting, even when just hovering around film-school level.
In his review for the Houston Chronicle, Louis B. Parks wrote, The big problem with film noir homages is they usually overdo the ingredients, Fallen Angels has a touch of that. But the directors and actors play straight, and the adaptations, in his review for the Washington Post, Tom Shales wrote, Creating period pieces out of their period seems to be fairly easy now for the gifted artisans of Hollywood. Occasionally, the veer into the arch and ridiculous, but overall. Newsweek magazines David Gates wrote, no show this summer will do a job of whisking you away from the increasingly unacceptable 90s. These half hours are all too short, in the United States the first season was released in a two volume VHS set. The second season was released in Europe in 1999 and Australia under the title Perfect Crimes
New Canaan High School
New Canaan High School is the only public high school in New Canaan, Connecticut. The current Principal is William Egan, the school is a part of the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference, otherwise known as the FCIAC. Construction on the school was finalized in 1971, the school is located on grounds donated by the Lapham family, carving off approximately 46 acres of Waveny Park. The donations of land came in two installments, one being 31 acres in 1964 and the second being 15 acres in 1966, the school is at the intersection of Farm Rd and South Avenue, with the latter being a major thoroughfare into and out of downtown New Canaan. The school is set back from South Avenue by a 19-acre wetlands buffer which includes running trails, the school recently completed a multi-year, $60+ million renovation. An additional $14 million was spent on asbestos abatement, a portion of which was reimbursed through the settlement of a related lawsuit. New Canaan High School is part of the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference, the varsity lacrosse program was founded by Howard Benedict in 1973, and he coached the team for 34 years.
Benedict is considered one of the greatest high school lacrosse coaches of all time, the varsity boys soccer program won its first ever state championship in 2005. The team was coached by Eric Swallow, currently the director at Southington High School. Forbes magazine recently rated the school a 105.32 out of 100 for its educational quality
Walkout is a 2006 HBO film based on a true story of the 1968 East L. A. walkouts. It premiered March 18,2006 on HBO, starring Alexa Vega, Efren Ramirez and Michael Peña, the film was directed by Edward James Olmos. Moctezuma Esparza, one of the students who was involved in the walkouts, was the executive producer. High school student Paula Crisostomo, is tired of being treated unequally and she meets a group of student activists from around East Los Angeles and they decide to try to change the way students are treated. Inspired by her Chicano teacher Sal Castro and despite opposition from her father, Paula joins in, each East LA high school has two or three students who are in the group, Paula particularly becomes interested in Robert. However, the board refuses to consider the suggestions so Paula urges the students to walk out of school. The police find out and the principal threatens to expel Paula if she walks out, Paulas father urges against her plan of walking out. He believes that the group is a bunch of agitators, five East LA schools successfully walk out and the school board says they might consider their demands, but Paulas father throws her out of the house for her role in the walkout.
The students decide to out in only half of the schools the next day. None of the footage appears on the news and the students are painted as violent agitators with Communist ties, Paula decides to invite the students families to the protests, hoping their presence will deter police brutality. When the students walk out again their families come to support them, Paula invites Robert to prom, but while she is getting ready the police suddenly arrest 12 of the leaders of the student movement. When Paula goes to Sal for advice she discovers that Robert has arrested him, the students are charged with conspiracy to disrupt a school with a maximum penalty of 66 years. Paula is defeated, but her father urges her not to give up, Robert is on duty there and tries to stop her, but she continues leading the crowd until all 12 students and Sal are released. R. 4437, known as the Sensenbrenner Bill and this House bill would have made it a felony to be in the US illegally. The bill was the catalyst for the 2006 U. S.
immigration reform protests, other student Walk Out protests in May 2006 were in part inspired by the film. Walkout at the Internet Movie Database
Forty-eight of the fifty states and the federal district are contiguous and located in North America between Canada and Mexico. The state of Alaska is in the northwest corner of North America, bordered by Canada to the east, the state of Hawaii is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific Ocean. The U. S. territories are scattered about the Pacific Ocean, the geography and wildlife of the country are extremely diverse. At 3.8 million square miles and with over 324 million people, the United States is the worlds third- or fourth-largest country by area, third-largest by land area. It is one of the worlds most ethnically diverse and multicultural nations, paleo-Indians migrated from Asia to the North American mainland at least 15,000 years ago. European colonization began in the 16th century, the United States emerged from 13 British colonies along the East Coast. Numerous disputes between Great Britain and the following the Seven Years War led to the American Revolution. On July 4,1776, during the course of the American Revolutionary War, the war ended in 1783 with recognition of the independence of the United States by Great Britain, representing the first successful war of independence against a European power.
The current constitution was adopted in 1788, after the Articles of Confederation, the first ten amendments, collectively named the Bill of Rights, were ratified in 1791 and designed to guarantee many fundamental civil liberties. During the second half of the 19th century, the American Civil War led to the end of slavery in the country. By the end of century, the United States extended into the Pacific Ocean. The Spanish–American War and World War I confirmed the status as a global military power. The end of the Cold War and the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991 left the United States as the sole superpower. The U. S. is a member of the United Nations, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Organization of American States. The United States is a developed country, with the worlds largest economy by nominal GDP. It ranks highly in several measures of performance, including average wage, human development, per capita GDP. While the U. S. economy is considered post-industrial, characterized by the dominance of services and knowledge economy, the United States is a prominent political and cultural force internationally, and a leader in scientific research and technological innovations.
In 1507, the German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller produced a map on which he named the lands of the Western Hemisphere America after the Italian explorer and cartographer Amerigo Vespucci
The Day After Tomorrow
Filmed in Toronto and Montreal, it is the highest-grossing Hollywood film made in Canada. Originally slated for release in the summer of 2003, The Day After Tomorrow opened in Mexico City on May 17,2004, a major commercial success, the film became the sixth highest-grossing film of 2004. It received mixed reviews upon release, with critics praising the films special effects. Paleoclimatologist Jack Hall and his colleagues and Jason, are drilling for ice-core samples on the Larsen Ice Shelf for NOAA when the shelf breaks apart. When Jack presents his findings on global warming at a United Nations conference in New Delhi, Professor Terry Rapson of the Hedland Climate Research Centre in Scotland believes in Jacks theories. He contacts Jack, whose paleoclimatologic weather model demonstrates how climate changes caused the first ice age and his team, including NASA meteorologist Janet Tokada, builds a forecast model based on Jacks findings. Around the world, violent weather causes widespread destruction, US President Blake authorizes the FAA to halt air traffic due to severe turbulence, on the International Space Station, three astronauts see a storm system spanning the Northern Hemisphere, which soon develops into three hurricane-like superstorms.
The temperature of the eyes of the storms is −150 °F, the cells, located over Canada and Siberia, will affect all of their respective continents within days. During this time, tornadoes destroy Los Angeles, in Manhattan, Jacks son Sam learns about the worsening weather when he participates in an academic decathlon. Although Sam promises to be on the train home, flooding quickly closes the subway and Grand Central Terminal, before a gigantic storm surge strikes New York City. In Scotland and his colleagues at the Hedland Centre die in the European superstorm, as suggested by Jack, President Blake orders the evacuation of the southern United States and warns the northern half of the country to seek shelter. Jack and his team set out for Manhattan to find Sam, but when their truck crashes into a north of Philadelphia. En route, Frank falls through the roof of a snow-covered shopping mall. As Jason and Jack try to pull him up, the glass under them continues cracking, most of the group sheltered in the library leave, when the water outside freezes, leaving Sam, his friends, and a few others who trust him.
They burn books to stay warm and break into a machine for food. Sam admits his feelings for Laura, and she reciprocates, at the US refugee camp in Mexico, Becker learns that President Blake died when his motorcade was caught in the superstorm, and he is now the president. The next morning, Sams group determines that Laura has blood poisoning from the cut on her leg and two others search for penicillin in a derelict Russian cargo ship that drifted into Manhattan. Although they find food and supplies, they encounter a pack of escaped wolves from a city zoo
His 2008 film Australia is an epic historical romantic drama film starring Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman. His 2013 drama The Great Gatsby, based on F. Scott Fitzgeralds 1925 novel of the name, stars Leonardo DiCaprio. His mother, Barbara Carmel, was a dance teacher and dress shop owner, and his father, Leonard Luhrmann, ran a petrol station. He was raised in Herons Creek, a rural settlement in northern New South Wales. Luhrmann received the nickname Baz from his father Leonard and he officially changed his given name from Mark to Baz sometime around 1979. In 1983, he commenced a course at the National Institute of Dramatic Art. He graduated in 1985 alongside Sonia Todd, Catherine McClements and Justin Monjo, on 26 January 1997, he married Catherine Martin, a production designer, the couple have two children. Luhrmann supports the Melbourne Demons in the Australian Football League, Australia The Great Gatsby The modern film interpretation Romeo + Juliet, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes, defeated Titanic at the BAFTAs for best direction and screenplay.
The film was celebrated at the Berlin Film Festival, where it was recognised with the Gold Bear award for direction, Luhrmann produced the soundtrack albums for the film. Was named one of the AFIs top ten films of 2001, the film gave birth to a successful soundtrack album, selling more than seven million copies, led by the Grammy-winning number one hit single Lady Marmalade. Luhrmanns 2008 romantic epic Australia starred Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman and it is the second-highest grossing Australian film of all time, next to Crocodile Dundee and ahead of Happy Feet. In 2016, Luhrmann collaborated with award-winning playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis on the Netflix series The Get Down about the birth of hip-hop in the 1970s. 1981, A young Luhrmann can be seen in an acting role in the film Winter of Our Dreams. Luhrmann has a part playing opposite Judy Davis. 1992, Luhrmann directed a video for John Paul Youngs Love Is in the Air,1993, Luhrmann staged his interpretation of Benjamin Brittens version of A Midsummer Nights Dream, set in colonial India, for the Australian Opera.
After successful seasons in Sydney and Melbourne, the production went on to win the Critics Prize at the Edinburgh Festival, music extracts can be heard on his album Something for Everybody. 1993, Luhrmann assisted in the campaign of former Australian prime minister Paul Keating. 1997, The CD of Something for Everybody was released, featuring music from Luhrmanns films, Luhrmann created his own company with his wife Catherine Martin, Bazmark
The Girl on the Train (2016 film)
The Girl on the Train is a 2016 American mystery thriller drama film directed by Tate Taylor and written by Erin Cressida Wilson, based on Paula Hawkins 2015 debut novel of the same name. Principal photography began on November 4,2015 in New York City and it premiered in London on September 20,2016 and was theatrically released in the United States on October 7,2016. Rachel Watson is an alcoholic who shares an apartment with her friend Cathy and spends her days commuting aimlessly on a train after losing her job. From the train she observes the activities of her husband, Tom Watson, his new wife, Anna Watson, and a couple who live nearby and Megan Hipwell. She continues to watch Tom and their newborn daughter Evie, unknown to her, Megan has been working as a nanny for Anna, but has suddenly resigned. During one train journey, Rachel spots Megan kissing a stranger on her balcony, after a drinking binge, Rachel leaves the train to confront Megan, only to black out and awaken hours at her apartment, injured.
Rachel suspects a fellow-passenger of following her off the train and sees him in flashbacks to that evening but cannot piece her memories together. Hearing that Scott is asking the public to help him find his wife, Rachel goes to see him, pretending to be a friend of Megans, from a photograph, she identifies Dr Kamal Abdic, Megans psychiatrist, as the man on the balcony. It gradually becomes apparent that Scott is aggressive and controlling, while Megan is prone to dishonesty and sex addiction, fears becoming pregnant, and has frequent therapy sessions with Abdic. In one of her last sessions, she tells him that she had a girl when in her teens. Believing Abdic to be the key to Megans disappearance, Rachel schedules an appointment with him, revealing the history of her marriage, later, at a bar, she recognizes the man who followed her from the train, and confronts him. He claims to have found Rachel lying in a tunnel on his home, he tried to help her up. Rachel returns to the tunnel and recalls seeing Megan shouting at her before she was injured, Anna becomes suspicious of Tom after Sgt.
Riley suggests that he is encouraging Rachels behavior by keeping in touch with her, Anna attempts to hack into Toms computer, and in the process she finds a secret phone with several voice messages to another woman Tom is having an affair with. Megan is found dead and forensics determine she was pregnant, Scott confronts Rachel, in the process revealing that he assaulted Megan prior to her death. Rachel realizes that Tom planted false memories in her head on several occasions following a drinking binge, Anna finds out that Tom was exchanging phone calls with Megan. Rachel realizes that Megan had confided in Abdic about her pregnancy, after leaving the train that day, Rachel caught Tom meeting Megan and shouted at her, mistaking her for Anna. Tom attacked Rachel before returning to Megan, who told him about the baby, fearing that their affair would be exposed, Tom murdered Megan
The various category winners are awarded a copy of a golden statuette, officially called the Academy Award of Merit, which has become commonly known by its nickname Oscar. The awards, first presented in 1929 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, are overseen by AMPAS, the awards ceremony was first broadcast on radio in 1930 and televised for the first time in 1953. It is now live in more than 200 countries and can be streamed live online. The Academy Awards ceremony is the oldest worldwide entertainment awards ceremony and its equivalents – the Emmy Awards for television, the Tony Awards for theater, and the Grammy Awards for music and recording – are modeled after the Academy Awards. The 89th Academy Awards ceremony, honoring the best films of 2016, were held on February 26,2017, at the Dolby Theatre, in Los Angeles, the ceremony was hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and was broadcast on ABC. A total of 3,048 Oscars have been awarded from the inception of the award through the 88th, the first Academy Awards presentation was held on May 16,1929, at a private dinner function at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel with an audience of about 270 people.
The post-awards party was held at the Mayfair Hotel, the cost of guest tickets for that nights ceremony was $5. Fifteen statuettes were awarded, honoring artists and other participants in the industry of the time. The ceremony ran for 15 minutes, winners were announced to media three months earlier, that was changed for the second ceremony in 1930. Since then, for the rest of the first decade, the results were given to newspapers for publication at 11,00 pm on the night of the awards. The first Best Actor awarded was Emil Jannings, for his performances in The Last Command and he had to return to Europe before the ceremony, so the Academy agreed to give him the prize earlier, this made him the first Academy Award winner in history. With the fourth ceremony, the system changed, for the first six ceremonies, the eligibility period spanned two calendar years. At the 29th ceremony, held on March 27,1957, until then, foreign-language films had been honored with the Special Achievement Award. The 74th Academy Awards, held in 2002, presented the first Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, since 1973, all Academy Awards ceremonies always end with the Academy Award for Best Picture.
The Academy awards Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, see § Awards of Merit categories The best known award is the Academy Award of Merit, more popularly known as the Oscar statuette. The five spokes represent the branches of the Academy, Writers, Producers. The model for the statuette is said to be Mexican actor Emilio El Indio Fernández, sculptor George Stanley sculpted Cedric Gibbons design. The statuettes presented at the ceremonies were gold-plated solid bronze
Academy Award for Best Film Editing
The Academy Award for Best Film Editing is one of the annual awards of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Nominations for this award are closely correlated with the Academy Award for Best Picture. For 33 consecutive years,1981 to 2013, every Best Picture winner had nominated for the Film Editing Oscar. Only the principal, above the line editor as listed in the credits are named on the award, additional editors, supervising editors. The nominations for this Academy Award are determined by a ballot of the members of the Editing Branch of the Academy. The members may vote for up to five of the films in the order of their preference. The Academy Award itself is selected from the films by a subsequent ballot of all active. This award was first given for films released in 1934, the name of this award is occasionally changed, in 2008, it was listed as the Academy Award for Achievement in Film Editing. Michael Kahn won for Raiders of the Lost Ark, Schindlers List, thelma Schoonmaker won for Raging Bull, The Aviator, and The Departed.
To date, two film directors have won this award, James Cameron and Alfonso Cuarón for the films Titanic and Gravity, nominated editors Robert Wise, Francis D. West Side Story, The Sound of Music, The Sand Pebbles and The Andromeda Strain for Wise, Crazylegs for Lyon and Bound for Glory, superlatives taken from a document published by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. These listings are based on the Awards Database maintained by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012 film)
The Amazing Spider-Man is a 2012 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Spider-Man, and sharing the title of the characters longest-running comic book of the same name. It is the fourth theatrical Spider-Man film produced by Columbia Pictures and Marvel Entertainment, the film was directed by Marc Webb. The film tells the story of Peter Parker, a teenager from New York who becomes Spider-Man after being bitten by a genetically altered spider, Parker must stop Dr. Curt Connors as a mutated lizard, from spreading a mutation serum to the citys human population. Development of the film began with the cancellation of Spider-Man 4 in 2010, during pre-production, the main characters were cast in 2010. New designs were introduced from the comics, such as artificial web-shooters, using Red Digital Cinema Camera Companys RED Epic camera, principal photography started in December 2010 in Los Angeles before moving to New York City. The film entered post-production in April 2011, 3ality Technica provided 3D image processing, and Sony Pictures Imageworks handled CGI.
This was the final American film to be scored by James Horner and released during his lifetime, Sony Pictures Entertainment built a promotional website, releasing many previews and launched a viral marketing campaign, among other moves. Tie-ins included a game by Beenox. The film premiered on June 30 in Tokyo, and was released in the United States on July 3 in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D and released in home media in November 2012. The film was a box office success, grossing over $757 million worldwide, becoming the seventh-highest-grossing film of 2012, the films sequel, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, was released on May 2,2014. This film included Marc Webb and most of the first film main cast who returned to their previous roles, a young Peter Parker discovers his father Richard Parkers study has been burgled. Peters parents gather hidden documents and take Peter to the home of his Aunt May, years later, a teenaged Peter attends Midtown Science High School, where he is bullied by Flash Thompson and has caught the eye of Gwen Stacy.
At home, Peter finds his fathers papers and learns his father worked with fellow scientist Dr. Curt Connors at Oscorp, sneaking into Oscorp, Peter enters a lab where a biocable is under development from genetically modified spiders, one of which bites him. He discovers he has developed spider-like abilities, such as sharp senses, Connors is being pressed by his superior, Dr. Ratha, to devise a cure for the dying head of Oscorp, Norman Osborn. In school, Peter gets into trouble after a challenge with Flash in which Peter accidentally shatters the backboard glass. His uncle changes work shifts to meet with the principal and asks Peter to walk May home for him that night, Peter forgets to do so, distracted while at Oscorp helping Connors regenerate the limb of a laboratory mouse. At home, he and Ben argue and and Peter leaves, at a nearby deli, a cashier refuses to let Peter buy milk when Peter is two cents short, when a thief suddenly raids the store, Peter indifferently observes. While searching for Peter, Ben attempts to stop the thief and is killed, the thief escapes as Peter finds Ben dead on the sidewalk
Johnny Cash was an American singer-songwriter, guitarist and author. He is widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century and one of the music artists of all time. Although primarily remembered as an music icon, his genre-spanning songs and sound embraced rock and roll, blues, folk. This crossover appeal won Cash the rare honor of multiple inductions in the Country Music and Roll and he traditionally began his concerts with the simple Hello, Im Johnny Cash, followed by his signature Folsom Prison Blues. Much of Cashs music contained themes of sorrow, moral tribulation and redemption and his signature songs include I Walk the Line, Folsom Prison Blues, Ring of Fire, Get Rhythm, and Man in Black. During the last stage of his career, Cash covered songs by several late 20th-century rock artists, notably Hurt by Nine Inch Nails, Cash was born on February 26,1932, in Kingsland, one of seven children born to Ray Cash and Carrie Cloveree. He was mostly of Scottish and English ancestry, and as an adult traced his surname to 11th-century Fife, after meeting with the then-laird of Falkland, Cash Loch and other locations in Fife bear the name of his family.
At birth, Cash was named J. R. Cash, when Cash enlisted in the United States Air Force, he was not permitted to use initials as a first name, so he changed his name to John R. Cash. In 1955, when signing with Sun Records, he took Johnny Cash as his stage name, the Cash children were, Margaret Louise, Jack, J. R. Reba and Tommy. Tommy Cash became a country artist. In March 1935, when Cash was three years old, the family settled in Dyess, Arkansas and he started working in cotton fields at age five, singing along with his family while working. The family farm was flooded on at least two occasions, which inspired him to write the song Five Feet High and Rising. His familys economic and personal struggles during the Great Depression inspired many of his songs, Cash was very close to his older brother, Jack. In May 1944, Jack was pulled into a head saw in the mill where he worked and was almost cut in two. He suffered for over a week before he died on May 20,1944, Cash often spoke of the horrible guilt he felt over this incident.
Jack insisted on working, as the family needed the money, on his deathbed, Jack said he had visions of Heaven and angels. Decades later, Cash spoke of looking forward to meeting his brother in Heaven, Cashs early memories were dominated by gospel music and radio. Taught guitar by his mother and a friend, Cash began playing and writing songs at the age of twelve