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Playing Against Type: When Musicians Change, They Risk Alienating Fans

Will Hermes, The New York Times, 17 October 2005

WHEN JOHNNY CASH returned to the spotlight in 1994 with American Recordings, the first in a series of records that presented him as a folkie with a goth-rock demeanor instead of a Grand Ole Opry standby, fans and critics rejoiced. In 1997, when the veteran crooner Pat Boone released Pat Boone in a Metal Mood: No More Mr. Nice Guy, covering Guns N' Roses' 'Paradise City' — well, not so much rejoicing.

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