December 22: The great Joe Strummer passed away in 2002

 “We aren’t particularly talented. We try harder!”―Joe Strummer     “Authority is supposedly grounded in wisdom, but I could see from a very early age that authority was only a system of control and it didn’t have any inherent wisdom. I quickly realised that you either became a power or you were crushed” ― Joe Strummer

December 15: Johnny Cash released the single Folsom Prison Blues in 1955

Folsom Prison Blues is a song written and recorded by American country music artist Johnny Cash. The song combines elements from two popular folk genres, the train song and the prison song, both of which Cash would continue to use for the rest of his career. It became one of Cash’s signature songs. It was the eleventh track on his debut album …

Dec 5: Johnny Cash played MSG, New York in 1969

Johnny Cash at Madison Square Garden is an album by Johnny Cash that was recorded in December 1969 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, but which was not released until 2002 (making it his 86th album overall). The album was recorded just 4 months after Cash’s seminal At San Quentin was released, which is probably why it was not released soon after its recording. As with …

Johnny Cash: 10 best songs recorded @ SUN Studio

  “The Sun recordings maximized the effective contrast between the hustling rhythm of the bass and acoustic guitar and the ponderous, sparse vocals & lead guitar. Phillips achievement was to keep Cash’s sound at it’s bare essentials, an then fatten it up with the use of slapback echo. Subsequent producers and engineers could never quite recapture that formula. .. Johnny …

Video of the day: Johnny Cash Live from Austin, TX 1987 (concert video)

“In case you’ve been born since ‘56 and never heard it…this is the way it sounded 31 years ago when we recorded it.” – Johnny Cash (introducing I Walk the Line) “At one point, while introducing his band, Cash tells the audience, “I don’t even remember the bad times, there’s been so many good times,” but on the best moments …

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