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“Johnny Cash rolled into San Quentin Prison, 12 miles and change...

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“Johnny Cash rolled into San Quentin Prison, 12 miles and change north of San Francisco, on February 24, 1969. Cash had performed at Folsom Prison outside Sacramento just over a year earlier, where he recorded a live version of what would become one of his most famous songs, "Folsom Prison Blues.” But this second jailhouse show, recorded for the album At San Quentin, was different. It was less two-step, more rock and roll. Cash’s country and gospel roots were still there, sure, but he was looser, heavier, a little more weathered. As the All Music Guide notes, Cash wasn’t so much performing for prisoners inside the state’s oldest prison; he seemed like one of them - an outlaw.” - John Hendrickson

Never-before-seen photos of Johnny Cash recording one of the most famous live albums in history - Esquire, 12/02/2014

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