Cash's own disadvantages were seen to have uniquely qualified him to be, as singer Kris Kristofferson told both TV Guide and People, "a champion for people who didn't have one," a spokesman for "the underdogs, the downtrodden, the prisoners, the poor" (Man in Black, 2003, p. 43; Smolowe & Dougherty, 2003, p. 82). In Rolling Stone Bob Dylan claimed: "If we want to know what it means to be mortal, we need look no further than the Man in Black. Blessed with a profound imagination, he used the gift to express all the various lost causes of the human soul" (Remembering Johnny, 2003, p. 74).