Leon Gast, director of the Oscar-winning documentary When We Were Kings (1996), said of his experience producing the film: “In my career, I spent five days with the Grateful Dead, I travelled with the Hells Angels, and I went to Folsom Prison [for Johnny Cash’s concerts in 1968]. But ‘The Rumble in the Jungle’ topped them all. I built a relationship and a rapport with Muhammad Ali and I could never top that experience.”
On this day in 1968, Johnny Cash’s career would go from country singer to music icon! The Folsom Prison album made Cash what he is today, a legend. With John starting to gain weight back, and his voice sounding better than it has in a while, Cash would make the #1 best live album in history. Spin that record!
The folks over at Open Culture have pointed out that an hour-long documentary about Johnny Cash’s 1968 concert at Folsom Prison is available in its entirety on YouTube. Not a bad way to spend some free time during the week between Christmas and New Years, no?