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Don't Shoot! I'm the Guitar Man Paperback – September 7, 2010
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After years of working in juvenile halls, teaching music and spreading his message of "Education not Incarceration," word spread that the classes were changing kids' lives and Buzzy was asked to teach a twelve-week music program at San Quentin State Prison. Three years and five months later, Buzzy finished his final class at the "Q."
DON'T SHOOT! I'M THE GUITAR MAN is the raw and moving account of Buzzy's time at San Quentin State Prison where he experienced everything from fear for his own safety to the human connection created by sharing in the transcendent power of music. Buzzy not only gave the inmates at the "Q" something positive to look forward to, he also learned from the inmates the hard truth about life in prison, which he was then able to relate to his juvenile hall students.
Today, after sixteen years of volunteering, Buzzy Martin is still dedicated to the largely overlooked cause of at-risk kids. His story has and will continue to inspire people to find the good in the people they meet, and to believe in the power of music to change lives.
Top Customer Reviews
This book is also another great example of the powers of music at its finest. It would appear that it DOES sooth the savage beast...
As I've already said, this book should be required reading for those in the juvenile system and the legal system generally. Many work in it or represent people possibly doomed to the prison system without really knowing what might lie ahead for their clients. This is quite the primer. (I'd also recommend searching YouTube for Buzzy's speeches to lawyers and judges as well.)
I am somewhat troubled by some of the commentary of Buzzy as a 'failed' or 'wannabe' musician; notwithstanding the fact that the man can play, if he's touching the lives of juveniles in a positive manner, he has succeeded far more than most, if not all, that have ever strapped on a guitar and made a joyful noise...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great read. Buzzy has a huge heart and is part of the solution....Published 9 days ago by Kevin Griffin
This is truly one of the most inspirational books I have ever read. I would highly recommend anyone to read this book, no matter their age or profession. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
In Don't Shoot, I'm The Guitar Man, Buzzy Martin writes about his experiences as a music teacher in San Quentin's notorious H-block. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Irene2014
Buzzy Martin does a remarkable job writing his memoir about his passion for teaching music, mixed with the fear and sadness of working with prison inmates. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
From the perspective I have as a working guitar player/musician and also recovering drug and alcohol addict who was headed down the same path as many of the individuals Buzzy takes... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I first read Buzzy’s book through my book club. It is the only book we’ve revisited and the only discussion that included an appearance (via speakerphone) by the author. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Suzanne Nelson
Wonderful book. Reaffirms all the best attributes of a human being, while in the midst of those imprisoned because the law found them to have the worst attributes of human beings. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jay Gottlieb
Once you pick this book up to read, you will not want to put it down. It takes a great heart and love of music to take on this teaching assignment. Read morePublished 5 months ago by David Brown
my friend buzz marttin has a great testimony and looking forward in seein him in person after so many conversations via social and phonePublished 5 months ago by phillip davenport