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Don't Shoot! I'm the Guitar Man
     

Don't Shoot! I'm the Guitar Man

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by Buzzy Martin
 
This is the story of lifelong musician Buzzy Martin, music teacher to the hardened criminals inside the walls of San Quentin Prison-and what he learned, note by incredible note.

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Don't Shoot! I'm the Guitar Man 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Our youth of today should really have the opprotunity to read this book! Buzzy gives a straight forward account of what life holds for those who feel violence, drugs and crime is the way to go for a better future. I commend Buzzy for devoting part of his life to taking the time in writing his experiences while at the Q. This book can really open the eyes to our youth who are at the beginning of their careers of being part of the maddnes that those prisoners now live and wish they would have had better guidance as kids/youth.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The author, Buzzy Martin, is not a psychologist or a social worker, and he was never a school principal or teacher. But he is a highly respected musician for more than 30 years. His commentary blends the 'not so friendly' environment of a maximum security prison with the healing sounds of music. Buzzy's account of his experience in teaching music to hardcore inmates of San Quentin is simply 'straight talk' about critical issues of how society responds to crime and justice in the West. At times the book can be bone-chilling as he examines the offenders, the system, and the victims. For many inmates, music was their only avenue to begin the healing process of guilt, shame, and hope.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Don't Shoot! I'm the Guitar Man is the story of a man who decided to the gift of music to inmates at San Quentin Prison. It's a rough-hewn tale told with honesty, directness, veracity, and in the vernacular. If coarse language might offend you, avoid this book. Buzzy insists on telling it like it is. He spent three and a half years at the Q, work he thought would last only twelve weeks. His account of overcoming his fears about entering the prison is particularly memorable. Buzzy's hope was to touch the lives of the prisoners in a positive way, and then, by writing this book, open a window into the reality of life behind bars as a cautionary tale for youth at risk. It's a book to share with any youth in need of a reality check about the nature of life behind bars.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Since I am a musician, and my son has spent some time in San Quentin, there was plenty for me to relate to. Buzzy's daily courage to bring music as a way to communicate with those men inspired me, and his laid-back style of writing helped me understand what it must have been like for my son in that place. I highly recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mr. Martins account of his experience at San Quentin lets the reader see, smell and feel the painful living nightmare of the prisoners' existence. Young gang bangers that aspire to set their futures in San Quentin will learn from this book that there is no honor or glory to be had: only oppression and degradation. Mr. Martins perspective is intelligent, yet emotional, and lets the reader into a world few ever imagine. This is a MUST READ!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The reflective, journalistic structure of Martin's new book is the perfect format to convey his captivatingly twisted story. Most of us free folks will never understand what it feels like to be stripped of our rights, shoved into an over populated sardine can with cigaret as your main source of currency. Martin parallels his emotions with stories of his students showing us the strange, animalistic mentality of eat or be eaten- Ultimately ending with a fight or flight situation. Most importantly one gets a true story of what prison life is like.