This hardcover edition of Johnny Cash at Folsom and San Quentin: Photographs by Jim Marshall is autographed on bookplate by the authors: Jim Marshall's longtime assistant and sole beneficiary Amelia Davis, award-winning writer and Grammy nominee Scott B. Bomar, and country music legend Marty Stuart.
A powerful portrait of a legendary musician by a legendary photographer, made even more powerful by the legendary signatures contained within this autographed edition.
Carefully curated with full access to the Jim Marshall Archive, this powerful oversize volume offers the definitive view of Johnny Cash's prison concerts at Folsom in 1968 and San Quentin in 1969. Jim Marshall was the only official photographer present, and was granted unlimited access.
Backed by June Carter, Carl Perkins and the Tennessee Three, Cash performed two shows at Folsom. The resulting album was a hit in the United States, and reached number one on the country charts and the top 15 of the national album chart. Its popularity revitalized Cash's career and led to a follow-up album, At San Quentin, the following year. San Quentin became Cash's first album to hit number one on the pop charts and both it and its predecessor remain two of the biggest-selling live albums of all time.
From rehearsing with the band, to arriving off the bus outside the imposing prison walls, to shaking hands with prisoners and performing until sweat dripped down his forehead, Marshall captured the passion, authority and intimacy of Cash's legendary penitentiary performances. His "JC Flippin' the Bird at San Quentin Prison" has become one of the most iconic and most-copied photographs of the 20th century, a result of Marshall asking Cash to express what he thought about the prison authorities: "John, let's do a shot for the warden."
Johnny Cash was one of Jim Marshall's favorite subjects, something that is evident in his Folsom and San Quentin photographs. This body of work showcases some of the most arresting photographs of the country music star ever taken.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Amelia Davis, a San Francisco-based photographer, studied photography at the University of California at Davis and received a BA in Studio Art from there. She was the long-time assistant of legendary photographer Jim Marshall and was the sole beneficiary of his estate. Amelia’s photography has been in galleries, juried shows, selected group shows, magazines, text books, and is in private collections.
Scott B. Bomar is an award-winning writer who has authored or co-authored several books, including "Every Night is Saturday Night" (with Wanda Jackson) and "Southbound: An Illustrated History of Southern Rock." He earned a Grammy nomination for his liner notes to the rockabilly compilation "The Other Side of Bakersfield" and co-hosts the podcast, Songcraft: Spotlight on Songwriters. He was raised in Nashville and currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Melanie.
Marty Stuart is a legendary American country music singer-songwriter, known for both his traditional style, and eclectic merging of rockabilly, honky tonk, and traditional country music.
There’s a raw, unselfconscious energy here that you miss in late-era Johnny ...Thank goodness Jim Marshall was there to capture it all. (Malcolm Jones Daily Beast)