Socialist Worker

Prisoner Soul

Issue No. 2349

In the 1960s and 1970s some US prisons allowed inmates to form bands and produce commercially available albums. 

Gary Younge finds the musicians, prison workers and the musical director Harley Rex who supported them in the face of the old punitive regime. 

He describes how a Texas prison’s own studio changed men’s lives.

Gary Younge
Radio 4,

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