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♪♫ Johnny Cash sings from beyond the grave with the help of a few friends

By Melissa Bell
(Reuters/John Sommers II)

Johnny Cash has more comebacks than a lifetime can hold. Even though the singer died seven years ago, he's still managing to make art. For Cash's final studio recording, "Ain't No Grave," his legacy creates an amazing new music video, unlike any before.

Fans from Melbourne, Australia, to Venlo, Netherlands, have visited The Johnny Cash Project Web site, where they choose one frame of the music video and sketch their portrait of the singer right on to the computer. The video player strings the top-rated frames together to create a living portrait set to song.

The video is just the latest Internet crowd-sourced art project. Other examples include the user-generated "Star Wars Uncut" film and the upcoming "Day in a Life" project from YouTube. What separates this project is that the final project is a cohesive meditation on the hero worship of the Man in Black.

His fans, especially the younger generation that met him only toward the end of his life, feel an ownership of his music, a closeness to him helped by the biopic of his life. His fans would -- and do -- take painstaking care to sketch out the lines of his video, investing themselves even further into his song.

The final product (which really doesn't exist because as more submissions are added, the video will change) is a stark, black-and-white dream of Johnny Cash's life after death set to his own stentorian voice. It's a fitting tribute.

(Thanks, Brenna!)

By Melissa Bell  | October 28, 2010; 8:29 AM ET
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There is a felt doll artist named Kay Petal that has done a remarkable likeness of Johnny Cash (among many others) you can see him here if you scroll down a little ways.

She is an amazing artist!

Posted by: krissie42 | October 28, 2010 10:44 PM | Report abuse

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