Michael John Dunaway Lifestream

December 3, 2008

Three great sentences about Folsom

Filed under: Uncategorized — michaeljohndunaway @ 12:12 am

johnnycash“Among everything else and perhaps above everything else, Folsom was also a social statement on behalf of disenfranchised peoples, as potent as any such statement in the roiling 1960s, for by appearing in front of America’s modern-day lepers and recording and releasing what came of it, he unapologetically told his listeners that these locked-away men deserved the compassion, if not the liberation, the the 1960s offered. He used his art as a battering ram to smash through conventional notions of prisoners and prisons. None of Cash’s peers in popular music ever dared to so brazenly wield their music, not Dylan, not Zappa, not the Beatles, not Country Joe McDonald, not Crosby, Stills, Nash and (or) Young, not any big-selling artist who composed and performed so-called protest music int he 1960s.”

–Michael Streissguth, from Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison: The Making of a Masterpiece


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