Posts Tagged ‘Music’
Six inmates at Montana State Prison have formed a band called Down Time Prison Music. They’ve written and composed all their own songs and aim to use their music to give people on the outside of a sense of what it is like to be a prisoner.
Watch their music video “Concrete Boxes” here.
Check out their songs on Myspace.
Johnny Cash, the man in black, is famed for his appearances in U.S prisons. His performances at Folsom Prison and San Quentin are notorious amongst the public and his fans.
Here is a video of him playing live from San Quentin.
From the Library of Congress:
A fascinating discussion of the use of classical music by law enforcement and other cultural institutions as social control, to quell and prevent crime. Their conversation touches on how classical music is viewed in contemporary culture, how it can be a tool for discouraging criminal activity and anti-social behavior, as well as its history as a mind-altering experience.
John Forte first gained prominence as a musician after writing and producing two songs for the Fugees on their multi-platinum selling album, The Score. Forte released his own solo-album, produced by Wyclef Jean, in 1998.
In 2000, Forte was arrested in the Newark International Airport with $1.4 million worth of liquid cocaine. He was convicted and sentenced to a mandatory minimum of 14 years in prison. However, seven years after entering prison, in a surprise move by George W. Bush, his sentence was commuted and Forte was released in December of 2008.
Since being released, Forte began working on a new album which largely reflects his experience in prison and the many life lessons he learned over the years.
The inmates in Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail create music and art ranging from rap music to poetry. A method of escape from their stressful lives, the words and lyrics often reflect the inmates’ vision of the free world and their own life behind bars. Read more about it here.