Johnny Cash's concert at Österåker in Sweden was the only prison concert he performed outside America. Whereas Cummins represented everything Cash wanted to change about American prisons, Stockholm’s Österåker prison represented everything he hoped they might become. This new 23-minute radio program from the BBC World Service covers this performance and some of Johnny's efforts for prison reform.
Listen at BBC.co.uk.
January 14: One of the most momentous concert performances in history occurred on yesterday's date in 1968, and the setting was a maximum security prison. Johnny Cash, along with his band the Tennessee Three, June Carter, Carl Perkins, and the Statler Brothers, played two sets at California's Folsom Prison: it was the defining moment of Johnny's career, thanks primarily to the iconic "Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison" LP released by Columbia later that year. Today's image from the Sony Music archives shows the stage set-up as viewed by the audience of convicts.
Take a look at this video of Gregg Geller (Johnny Cash - The Complete Columbia Album Collection Box Set Producer) talking about Johnny Cash concept albums:
The BBC radio program “Johnny Cash and the Forgotten Prison Blues” will air on BBC Radio 4 on Monday, Jan. 7. The program also will run four times on BBC World Service:
3:05 a.m. CST Saturday, Jan. 5
8:05 a.m. CST Sunday, Jan. 6
2:05 p.m. CST Sunday, Jan. 6
8:05 p.m. CST Sunday, Jan. 6
Fans still travel from around the world to see the place Johnny Cash often described as key to his development: his boyhood home in the eastern Arkansas town of Dyess. The small house will soon serve as a museum — not only as a tribute to Johnny Cash, but also to tell the history of the town.
Rolling Stone is running a sweepstakes where you can enter to win a copy of Johnny Cash - The Complete Columbia Album Collection! To enter, visit RollingStone.com and submit their entry form. The sweepstakes runs until 11:59 p.m. EST on January 3, 2013.
Johnny Cash - The Complete Columbia Album Collection is packed with albums, live performances and plenty of rarities. In this clip at Rolling Stone, producer Gregg Geller covers Cash's long history of collaborations:
This holiday season is a special one for Johnny Cash fans, who doubtlessly are putting the Man In Black's new boxed set, Johnny Cash - The Complete Columbia Album Collection on their Christmas lists. In this exclusive interview, Steve Berkowitz and Gregg Geller, the boxed set producers, talk about the unique qualities of Cash's mono recordings. The result allows listeners a replicate of the way people actually heard recorded music in the '50s and '60s.
During his nearly 50 years in country music, Johnny Cash proved to be one of the most prolific recording artists of his time. He brought equipment everywhere -- often to prisons -- to capture unique sounds and tensions on tape. Those rarities and long since forgotten live albums are just part of what’s included in the new ‘The Complete Columbia Album Collection’ box set. Here's an exclusive video at Taste of Country:
"Johnny Cash - The Complete Columbia Album Collection" continues to receive stellar reviews! Here is an excerpt from the San Francisco Chronicle:
Johnny Cash had to disappear from the skyline before it became obvious how tall a tree he truly was. If any doubts remain, the newly released 63-disc boxed set, "Johnny Cash - The Complete Columbia Album Collection" - takes the full measure of the man's recorded legacy. With the addition of a single disc covering his first three years of recording for the Sun Records label - and Cash's absent latter-era sessions with producer Rick Rubin notwithstanding - this unwieldy set is an American treasury along the lines of, say, bound volumes of the complete works of Mark Twain.
Johnny Cash will be honored at next week’s Grammy Award nominations ceremony being held in Nashville on Dec. 5th. The show will feature performances by Dierks Bentley and The Band Perry in a special tribute to the Man in Black.
Other artists slated to appear on the Grammy nominations special include Maroon 5, .fun, Luke Bryan and Ne-Yo. The Recording Academy also announced that The Who will be given the Lifetime Achievement Award. LL Cool J and Taylor Swift co-host the one-hour event, airing live on CBS at 10 p.m. EST.
Legacy Recordings Announces Select Limited Edition Vinyl Exclusives For Record Store Day 2012's Back To Black Friday (Friday, November 23, 2012)
Legacy's RSD 2012 Black Friday Releases Include Highly Collectible Titles From Johnny Cash, Miles Davis, Big Brother & the Holding Company featuring Janis Joplin, Judas Priest, Incubus, Jeff Buckley and Leonard Cohen and the Newly-Curated Death Might Be Your Santa Claus (a Deep Christmas Blues Collection from the 1920s-1950s)