Johnny Cash – Original Folsom Prison Photograph by Jim Marshall
An original Jim Marshall photograph of Johnny Cash and convict and musician Glen Sherley at Folsom State Prison in Northern California, on January 13, 1968. This was taken during while Cash was at Folsom for two performances, which became Cash’s legendary At Folsom Prison album.
From Wikipedia: [quoting Cash] The night before I was going to record at Folsom prison, I got to the motel and a preacher friend of mine brought me a tape of a song called “Greystone Chapel.” He said a convict had written it about the chapel at Folsom. I listened to it one time and I said, “I’ve got to do this in the show tomorrow.” So I stayed up and learned it, and the next day the preacher had him in the front row. I announced, “This song was written by Glen Sherley.” It was a terrible, terrible thing to point him out among all those cons, but I didn’t think about that then. Everybody just had a fit, screaming and carrying on…When Sherley was released from Prison in 1971, he was met at the gates by Cash…[who published his music and supported his career]…According to Marshall Grant, bass player and road manager for Cash, Sherley exhibited behavior that clearly indicated he was a pathological criminal….Cash himself became concerned about Sherley’s potential for violence, and eventually dismissed him…In May 1978 while high on drugs Sherley shot a man. Sometime after that he called his daughter to say he was not going back to jail. Two days later on May 11, while hiding out in his brother’s house, he put a gun to his head and pulled the trigger. Cash agreed to pay for the funeral.
Jim Marshall (1936-2010) was one of the most highly acclaimed music photographers ever; he was the chief photographer at Woodstock, the only photographer allowed backstage at the Beatles last concert, and shot legendary photographs of Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones Johnny Cash, and many other music legends. His photographs adorn more than 500 album covers including the Allman Brothers “At The Fillmore East” and the Jefferson Airplane’s Volunteers. His photographs are highly collectible and this one is a beauty.
8″ x 10″, in mint condition, with Marshall’s studio stamp on the back.
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