February 3, 2011
Don't Shoot! I'm The Guitar Man by Buzzy Martin
Initially consigned to do a 12 week program, he quickly gains the trust of the inmates which takes him on a three year freak ride. From the lock downs, to the hostage situations, sexual advances and prison officers being beating up, Buzzy writes of what life is like on the inside of the Q. Buzzy talks of the "pecking" order of things and warns the children in his outreach programs about the dangerous and soul-sucking madness that goes on behind the walls of the prison. He explains much about prison life and backs it up with statistics and historical references. He talks about the different wards or blocks in prison and the character of the people who are incarcerated there. I quite enjoyed reading this book and cannot wait to see it in a motion picture. It was a quick and easy read with mild to moderate expletives and many sexual references.
A true story about a musician who brings a common language to the prisoners of San Quentin State Prison and shares his experiences along the way.