A Hero Of The True West

A Hero Of The True West

Sat 06 Oct 2012   -  Sat 24 Nov 2012
11.00 till 18:00
Johnny Cash at San Quentin State Prison 1969. © Jim Marshall LLC
_ Price: Free, non ticketed
_ Age Group: Universal
_ Venue: Library Upper Gallery

Legendary photographer Jim Marshall met Johnny Cash in 1963 in New York and quickly became not only the ‘Man in Black’s favourite photographer (being allowed unprecedented access to Cash and his family both at work and at play) but also a close family friend. For nearly ten years Marshall joined Cash on the road – including documenting the musician’s famous prison concerts at Folsom and San Quentin, the latter’s meeting with other famous country and western heroes and the day to day family life which mostly consisted of long periods of touring on a bus around America’s heartlands.

Insightful and intelligent portraits by Marshall are mixed with social documentation in this exhibition of thirty black and white and colour images from a period when Cash was struggling with his own demons of despair and drugs, being supported by his wife June Carter and her family and his eventual redemption by a re-found faith, the critical and popular acclaim for the nationally networked ‘Johnny Cash Show’ and ultimately successful treatment for his addictions.

This is the first time these photographs have been exhibited in Scotland and many of them are being premiered for the very first time.