Monday, August 25, 2008


Well, there's more going on in the world of Johnny Cash than goofy pop stars trying to attach the man's name to John McCain's campaign for four more years of bush.

His record label is reissuing the classic Johnny Cash At Folsom Prision. Again! This version will include the entire first show (including a bunch of previously-unreleased tracks), the entire second show (most of which is previousl-unreleased) and a DVD with a documentary. It comes out September 30.

This is one of the greatest "live" albums ever. It is really powerful. Cash goes to the prison not to glorify crime or to judge the criminals. He knew that, in other conditions, he could have been one of them. Folsom wasn't Cash's only prison concert: he also played San Quentin where an incarcerated Merle Haggard saw him. After doing his time and serving his debt to society, Merle became a singer, which worked out pretty well for him.

Can you imagine the flak Cash would get from stupid news pundits if he performed in a prison today?

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