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Folsom Untold: The Strange True Story of Johnny Cash's Greatest Album

4 out of 5 stars (33 ratings)

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About the Audio Show

This is the story of one of the greatest records ever made - Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison - and its shocking and tragic aftermath. Join award-winning journalist Danny Robins on the 50th anniversary of the album as he takes you on a road trip back to 1968, a pivotal year in US history, to investigate the dramatic and unlikely friendship between Johnny Cash, American icon, and Glen Sherley, armed robber and Folsom inmate; and how that friendship was violently torn apart.

This five-part series features narration, interviews, and dramatic reconstruction to explore aspects of the story that have, until now, not been widely known.

Please note: contains strong language and adult content.

As an Audio Show - free for members - when you add Folsom Untold: The Strange True Story of Johnny Cash's Greatest Album - to your library, you'll get all five episodes, each with a runtime of about 30 minutes.

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1968: A year of change

Landmark events formed a backdrop to the year in which At Folsom Prison was recorded. Learn more below.

Critic reviews

"Excellent... Follows the story's trail like a good old hound dog... This five-part documentary from Audible was made in the US by the writer and broadcaster Danny Robins, and reveals new aspects of Johnny Cash's famous 1968 Folsom Prison gig - he's unearthed some excellent first-hand witnesses." (Sunday Times)

"★★★★☆ A reminder of how deeply incarceration can scar the soul." (The Times)

"Folsom Untold is the fascinating story of Johnny Cash's comeback prison album... Told in remarkable detail... Robins, a British presenter last heard hosting the Haunted podcast, assembles an impressive cast here, criss-crossing the US to visit producers, reporters, musicians and commentators, all of whom share their recollections of Cash. It's a fascinating story and the detail here is remarkable." (Financial Times)

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Good & worth listen. A well old tale.

Good & worth listen. A well old tale. Interesting bits and pieces. not too long.

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Let this train pass you by

The only thing that kept me listening was to see where it was going, went nowhere of worth and had no substance along the way. Performance was dated too.

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Brilliant, funny and revealing.

I love Johnny Cash but avoid music journalism on the whole. A friend of mine made me listen to this and a few minutes in I was hooked. This is a beautiful and crazy adventure of a couple of fans/writers trying to track down the story behind the song in one of the greatest concerts of all time. It's part road-trip, part lyrical detective work and told with a whole lot of love by two Brits very far from home.

Please make another series soon. I've already listened to this twice.

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A real insight to a great man and his music.

Really enjoyed the truth behind the record. I have learned enough to want to read Johnny Cash 'S autobiography
It was great to listen to the people who knew him. Thank you Danny

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a must listen!

absolutely fascinating story of a great man and a great album. the story of Johnny and Glen is truly intriguing. Well done Danny Robbins.

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Wonderful

Very interesting to find out about the making of this album.. all the twists and turns! And lively memories for me, as my late mother loved Johnny Cash. RIP

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Awful narration

This podcast sounded interesting, so I downloaded it in my Audible, but unfortunately I wasn't able to go further than the first episode - the story is diluted until it gets boring, and to listen to the theatrical, bombastic Danny Robins is excruciatingly painful. This is bad content and bad form. Not recommended!

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Brilliant

A great dissection and analysis of a song I grew up listing too. Well researched and well read. Very enjoyable listen. 5*

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Really enjoyed this...

Very interesting story , so much I never knew about Johnny Cash and a few things I thought I knew that were not accurate.
Really is worth listening to.

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Fascinating story

While I enjoy Johnny Cash's music and probably know more than the next person about the musician I am not overly familiar with his work. Over these five episodes I've enjoyed learning more about Johnny Cash, the album and the context of its creation. But really, the most interesting aspect of this Show is the story of Johnny and the inmate he befriended Glenn, with wonderful interviews from family and friends sharing amusing and shocking anecdotes - this was a story that will stay with me.

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