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  • Summary

  • Please note: contains strong language and adult content.

    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.

    This is an Audible Original Podcast. Free for members. You can download all 5 episodes to your Library now.

    ©2018 Audible, Ltd. (P)2018 Audible, Ltd.
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Episodes
  • Dec 13 2018

    It's January 1968. Johnny Cash's once successful career is on a downward spiral. He hatches a crazy plan to record a live album at the infamous Folsom Prison in California.

    His label, Columbia Records, is totally opposed – his only hope is maverick producer Bob Johnston. Both their careers are on the line.

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    24 mins
  • Dec 13 2018

    On the eve of the biggest gig of his life, Johnny discovers a song smuggled out of Folsom Prison, written by inmate Glen Sherley - a violent armed robber. As the concert kicks off, Johnny's decision to perform Glen's song - Greystone Chapel - will change both men's lives forever.

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    29 mins
  • Dec 13 2018

    Despite Columbia Records' bleak expectations, At Folsom climbs the charts, as the growing underground scene adopts Cash as a counter-culture icon.

    But, this is 1968 – a year of protest, assassination and seismic political change. As the nation slides into turmoil and anger, At Folsom is under threat. Johnny keeps a promise, hatching a plan to get Glen Sherley released.

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    26 mins

What listeners say about Folsom Untold: The Strange True Story of Johnny Cash's Greatest Album

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Dull

Didn't finish, a real "so what" story which no amount of the narrator getting breathlessly excited about could disguise

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Quality!

I can't stop recommending this to my friends. Really great story with superb narration by Danny.

I wish the songs could be played in full! However I now can't stop listening to that legendary album!

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I thought it would be a better story

For me its about the narrator before I am going to like or dislike a book this didn't keep you interested.

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Brilliant!

I absolutely loved this audio series. I wish it was longer! More like this please!

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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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Something a Little Different.

This was free, and I thought it would be rubbish! What a shock, I could listen to his of this type of rock and roll investigative journalism for hours! In short, it's great.

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Insightful and a compelling listen

This was an intriguing listen about, what I consider to be, a slightly controversial subject.
Johnny Cash's story is a complex one and this was a different angle and story that I'd not heard before.
It was very interesting to hear people close to Johnny and Glen talk about their experiences.

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No story, barely anything happens, definitely not worth making a podcast about. wouldn't waste my time.

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interesting

interesting listen, would recommend to any cash fan, more words to find five words to finish

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Interesting story, over eager narrator

I found the story very interesting. But the narrator is trying waaay too much, which at times has the opposite effect, than the intended. It takes away from the suspense rather than adds to it!

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  • kenz
  • 04-09-20

Enjoyed it

The podcast didn’t focus on each song and how they came up with the ideas for each one. The podcast focused on one song in particular. I didn’t know that much about Johnny cash so I enjoyed it, but as for the album as a whole there isn’t much information.
As for the performance, the voice was pleasant and had a revisionist history type formate. They should’ve insert more of Cash’s music into it.

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