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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

Ride This Train: 1968

Ride This Train: 1968

Johnny Cash in 1968, near the Arkansas farm where he grew up. Going to Memphis, no doubt. From photos by Joel Baldwin for the Look magazine assignment "The Restless Ballad of Johnny Cash." View full size.

 

Gritty is right

It's so perfect that I almost can't believe Johnny never used this photo as an album cover. Maybe he and his producers weren't even aware of it?

I've never understood

why someone who "shot a man in Reno" would be doing time in a California state prison.

The man in black

In black and white.

"I hear that train a coming...."

Great pic, Dave.

Gritty

This would have made an excellent album cover.

Hard life

John looks old beyond his years considering he was in his mid thirties. Great Pic!

 
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