Sam Shepard’s 1980 play True West is one of his best known efforts. It examines the relationship of two brothers—previously estranged—as they come to grips with their relationship through writing a screenplay about the “true West.”
It has a tie to a certain magazine. Shepard had to get the okay from True West to use that title for his play. It wasn’t the first time that happened. The 1965 album “Johnny Cash Sings the Ballads of the True West” was reportedly inspired by The Man in Black’s love of the publication.