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Johnny Cash in 1968. His album At Folsom Prison, recorded that year in a California penitentiary, rebooted his career and became a critical favorite. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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1968: How We Got Here

Johnny Cash Takes A Stand: Looking Back On His Folsom Prison Performance

It has been 50 years since Cash recorded his legendary live album. At Folsom Prison boosted his then-flagging career and highlighted his efforts to reform the nation's penal system.

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Johnny Cash Takes A Stand: Looking Back On His Folsom Prison Performance

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