Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison | Chicago Reader

Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison

Adapted from a book by Michael Streissguth, this documentary about Cash's 1968 live LP would fit in with Eagle Rock Entertainment's Classic Albums series, though the singer's relationship to prison culture is an especially rich topic. Cash never did serious time—his 1955 hit “Folsom Prison Blues—was inspired by a documentary film, but convicts loved him, and he became an impassioned advocate for penal reform. As most people know from the biopic Walk the Line, the Folsom concert marked his professional and spiritual comeback after years of drugs and craziness; less known is the story of Glen Sherley, a Folsom inmate whose songwriting so impressed Cash that he lobbied for Sherley's release and took him on tour as an opening act. Bestor Cram directed. 87 min.

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