The gravel-voiced Johnny Cash iconically synthesized country and rock, a dichotomy present in almost all aspects of his life: He was a Biblical scholar who referred to himself as "the biggest sinner of them all"; his onstage persona possessed a bad boy brio, yet maintained a somber undertone; and his canon was both brooding and silly. Cash's appearance, though, had a reliable consistency. While he adhered to a priestly, dark uniform, which garnered him the sobriquet "The Man in Black," hints of outlaw braggadocio--a roughed-up leather jacket, a bolo tie, the rockabilly pompadour -- implied his rebellious nature was never too far off.
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1. Black fur felt western hat by Stetson, $339.99
2. Western shirt with red leather trim by Ralph Lauren, $395
3. Aztec-style belt with green riveting by Diesel, $140
4. Black lacquer and gold-finish lighter by Cartier, $700
5. Bubble toe boot by Billy Reid, $450
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