A unique concert given to the long term inmates of the famous jail. Johnny and June sing 'Wanted Man' ( written especially for the concert by Bob Dylan) and 'San Quentin', (written by Cash ... See full summary »
A unique concert given to the long term inmates of the famous jail. Johnny and June sing 'Wanted Man' ( written especially for the concert by Bob Dylan) and 'San Quentin', (written by Cash just in time for the concert). Also features the songs: 'I walk the line''Fulsom prison blues''Orange blossom special''Jackson''Darling companion''Daddy snag bass' 'A boy named Sue' 'Peace in the valley' 'He turned water into wine'. The audience are very appreciative. Written by
A quite remarkable document of Johnny Cash's historic concert at the infamous San Quentin penitentiary, which works not only on a musical but also on a documentary level. Cash and his band perform a range of "jailbird" songs interspersed with a little gospel and some tough humour to an enthusiastic crowd of inmates, no doubt glad for some relief from the daily grind of prison life.
Cash himself isn't interviewed during the programme, although he delivers some confident between-songs banter as well as introducing his wife June to sing a surprising cover of the Lovin' Spoonful's "Darlin' Companion. There are newly minted songs too, including Bob Dylan's "Wanted Man", the big hit "A Boy Named Sue" and his own scathing "San Quentin" ("...I hate every inch of you", goes the next line), Cash, no stranger to trouble, clearly identifying with the prisin audience rather more than the authorities.
Great show as it is, the inter-cut testimony from prisoners and the governor alike is what leaves the biggest impression, including a confession by one death-row convict which will freeze your soul.
I haven't seen a concert by any popular act quite like this before and it made me think about Cash's Sun label colleague in the Million Dollar Quartet who around this time was performing cabaret in Las Vegas. Unlike Presley though, Cash was clearly his own man and here as never before, truly walked the line.
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