Remember How Bad-Ass Johnny Cash Sounded When He Sang "Folsom Prison" At Folsom Prison?

Submitted by: fancylad 2 weeks ago Entertainment


I've started reading "Cash," the autobiography by Johnny Cash, and I can't put the thing down. I've been meaning to read it for years (it came out in 1997, three years after Rick Ruben first started working with him), but I probably thought it might be too heavy, which it is. He exposes every flaw.

So I got to the part where he talks about his 1968 Folsom prison gig. There's a passage he writes that really captures this particular moment in the concert...

"I've always thought it ironic [that "Folsom Prison Blues"] was a prison concert, with me and the convicts getting along as fellow rebels, outsiders, and miscreants should."

I know that Folsom audience was filled with unsavory types who robbed, cheated, and killed, but Cash's line about how he and the convicts were on equal ground is a testament to how strong his music, performance, and interaction was that day. Again, these cons were forgotten guys who made horrible choices in life, but it's remarkable how Cash's performance turned them into a bunch of regular guys just enjoying a Cash show.
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Male 3,862
I miss his singing. He was my favorite country artist. I even enjoyed his slightly off songs Like Phantom 309 and the song about the home made Lincoln
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Female 9,403
Can't help but love Johnny Cash.
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Male 183
To me, the Folsom Prison album he did was his greatest work by a long shot, and that's saying something
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Female 220
I hope all those rapists and paedophiles had a simply delightful time. I'd hate to think they were sad.
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Male 3,055
I had a crush on his daughter.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkGkcS3KqsQ
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The write-up talks specifically about Folsom Prison, but the video is of San Quentin.

I think someone is confused this morning.

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Male 1,103
I was expecting Folsom Prison Blues...
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Male 188
My favorite is his cover of Hurt.  Very powerful when sung by him.
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