In 1955, at the dawn of his long career, Sun Records president Sam Phillips sent Johnny Cash to a nearby photographer, William Speer. Cash was fortunate because Speer was an innovative craftsman, influenced by vintage Hollywood photographers who used light in a dramatic new way. Speer shot photo sessions with Cash, between 1955 and 1958. A couple of images were published in the 1950s, but the rest were stored away … until now. Realizing that the photos deserved to be seen full size, Bear Family lustrously restored them and packaged them in a 16-page LP-sized hardcover book, accompanied by a one-sided LP of rare live audio from the same era. The other side of the LP is a 3-D engraving of Cash.
And so now, eighty years after Johnny Cash was born in rural Arkansas at the height of the Great Depression, we see him in a new light.
There are many Johnny Cash collectors, and this is Cash in words, music, and … above all … striking unpublished images!
also available as a LP
|Unseen Cash From William Speer's Studio 1|
|1:||Stay All Night, Stay A Little Longer|
|2:||There You Go|
|3:||Give My Love To Rose|
|4:||White Silver Sands|
|5:||Home Of The Blues|
|6:||Stay All Night, Stay A Little Longer|
|8:||I Got Stripes|
|11:||Swing Low Sweet Chariot|