50th Anniversary Of Folsom Prison Concert


The Man in Black was on the verge of losing it all. He was recently divorced, and drugs and alcohol continued to ravage Johnny Cash’s body and mind. He needed a comeback, and it was time to gamble.

Cash arrived at Folsom, a prison near Sacramento, Calif., on Jan. 13, 1968. His performance in front of about 1,000 inmates, became one of the most iconic moments in American music and resurrected his career.

The Johnny Cash Heritage Festival will celebrate the 50 year anniversary of the event in Dyess from Oct. 18-20. “Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison,” a video documentary written and produced by Michael Streissguth, a professor in the Department of Communication and Film Studies at Le Moyne College in New York, will be played at the Dyess Colony Visitor’s Center, on Thursday (Oct. 18). Released in 2008, the film provides a look at Cash’s 1968 concert for those inmates. The documentary includes recordings of the show with rare photos and interviews with those close to Cash. It will play at 2:30 p.m., and a discussion will follow.    MORE

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