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The Prison Concerts: Folsom and San Quentin

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Widely known as the godfather of music photography, the late Jim Marshall maintained a 50-year career that resulted in more than 500 album covers, an abundance of magazine covers, and some of the most celebrated images in blues, jazz, country, and rock and roll, including those from Johnny Cash’s notable Folsom and San Quentin prison concerts. To showcase these powerful snapshots of a legendary musician by a legendary photographer, the GRAMMY Museum® presents The Prison Concerts: Folsom And San Quentin (Jim Marshall’s Photographs Of Johnny Cash), showcasing Marshall’s photos from Cash’s historic prison concerts in 1968 and 1969 featured in the art book Johnny Cash At Folsom & San Quentin.

Exhibit Highlights

  • The iconic “JC Flippin’ the Bird at San Quentin Prison”
  • The famous “Johnny Cash Getting off the Bus at Folsom Prison”
  • The rarely seen image of “Cash in Greystone Chapel at Folsom Prison.” – The song “Greystone Chapel” was written by one of the inmates at Folsom, Glen Sherley. Cash recorded the song during the Folsom Prison concert with Sherley in the audience. Jim captured their shaking hands after Cash sang Sherley’s song.

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