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Inside Story: Johnny Cash In San Quentin – Michael Darlow
5th November 2017 at 7:30 pm£3 – £4
On 24th February 1969 the American country singer and songwriter, Johnny Cash, gave a concert for 1,000 prisoners inside one of America’s toughest jails, San Quentin. The album recording of that concert quickly became a Number 1 hit around the world and continues to feature in the charts today.
Michael Darlow’s film of that concert, which also includes shots of life in the prison and interviews with convicted murderers, gangsters, thieves and the prison’s head guard and executioner, continues to sell and be shown around the world. In his talk, which will include clips from the film, Michael will tell the inside story of working with Johnny Cash, of the difficulties, excitements and dangers of filming inside a violent, high-security prison (there were six to eight murders per year inside San Quentin at that time), and of the controversies which continued to surround the film even after filming was over.
Bob Dylan said of Cash “He is what the land and the country are all about, the heart and soul of it personified and what it means to be here.” The Daily Telegraph recently described Cash as “one of the most important musical artists of the 20th century.”
This talk will be followed by the Association’s AGM.