Johnny Cash and the Forgotten Prison Blues

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Review

Bonnet, frills, lace and ribbons: the fair-faced Jane Austen sits in her portrait like the gentle-natured lady of letters she was. Think again. To mark the bicentenary of Pride and Prejudice, author Paula Byrne has released this biography of Austen and it blows away any finely spun misconceptions about her delicacy.

Jane was a tough-minded and fiercely independent-spirited woman who was deeply immersed in the current affairs and culture of her country. Each extract focuses on a key moment in her life, such as the arrival of a portable writing desk — thought to have been a birthday gift from her immensely proud father — through to more disturbing events, like the guillotining of her cousin’s husband and the death of her beloved sister Cassandra.

This biography is a fitting tribute to one of our great writers and brings her to life as a dazzling, defiant and brilliant woman.

Summary

Danny Robins examines popular country musician Johnny Cash's work as a prison reformer, revealing that while his charitable performances at prisons in Folsom and San Quentin became famous, other equally notable gigs fell into obscurity. He highlights two particular appearances, the first at Cummins Penitentiary in Arkansas, described at the time as the worst prison in America, and the second at Stockholm's Osteraker, Johnny's only institutional visit outside of the US.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Danny Robins
Producer Jo Wheeler

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