N.p. N.p., 1968. Photograph of musician Johnny Cash's first meeting with starstruck Folsom Prison inmate Glen Sherley on January 13, 1968, struck circa 1990s. The photo was taken shortly after Cash's performances at the penitentiary, captured on the legendary album "Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison." With the stamp and handwritten reference number of photographer Jim Marshall on the verso.
As a photographer for both record labels and magazines such as "Rolling Stone," Jim Marshall was one of the most prolific and influential chronicles of rock music during the 1960s and 1970s. Among his most iconic photographs are images of Jimi Hendrix setting his guitar on fire at Monterey Pop, Cash performing at San Quentin, and The Beatles backstage at their final concert at Candlestick Park. In 2014, he was posthumously awarded a Lifetime Achievement Grammy, the only photographer to be honored thus.
Cash heard a recording of Sherley's song, "Greystone Chapel," the night before Cash's performances at Folsom, and went on to perform it as the closing song at both shows the following day. Sherley, a career criminal and amateur songwriter, was in the audience that day, and met with Cash after the show. The two musicians maintained correspondence for many years and became close friends, with Cash lobbying then-governor Ronald Reagan for Sherley's parole, hiring Sherley as a performer in his band, and even helping Sherley record his first album. For Cash, Sherley became a symbol of the importance of prison reform and second chances, while Sherley idolized the older musician but struggled to live up to his high expectations. Ultimately, Sherley was unable to adjust to life outside prison, and would die in 1978, at the age of 42, after battling drug addiction and alcoholism for several years.
10 x 8 inches. About Fine.