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Win the Johnny Cash Complete Columbia Album Collection Box Set

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Johnny Cash Complete Columbia Album Collection
Columbia / Legacy
December 20, 2012 9:00 AM ET

Johnny Cash would have turned 80 this year, and to pay tribute to his monumental body of work, this ultimate Man in Black box set collects all of his Columbia recordings from 1958 through 1990, plus additional live recordings and rarities. One lucky RollingStone.com reader will win the 63-disc set.

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