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Andy Douglas presents a panoramic understanding of music and incarceration from his distinctive experience in the Oakdale Community Choir. More than an account of the choir's work, the book is a deep insight into musical humanity under dehumanizing conditions. Douglas's work is evocative and thoughtful, deeply compassionate and humble, and brings the reader close to the troubled lives, wounds and hopes of the incarcerated men.
Dr André de Quadros, Professor of Music and Chair, Department of Music Education, Boston University
The real lives of our incarcerated are a mystery to many of us, though for some two million Americans and their families, this is a world they know all too well. Over the last eight years, author Andy Douglas has been allowed access, not as an employee or journalist, but as a member of a unique choral group composed equally of "insiders" and "outsiders." Through a skillful blend of personal experience and essential information, Douglas bears witness to the intimacy and hope that a few hours of harmony can create, even behind bars.
Cecile Goding, Iowa Summer Writing Festival
Andy Douglas's account of his time singing with volunteers and prisoners in an Iowa prison confirm the words of a song I wrote inspired by Lincoln's inaugural address. "The better angels of our nature await us in the realm of song, to breathe us down through ancient wounds and awaken kindness with the dawn." Harmonic group singing is transformative. When the different parts support each other in a soaring blend of beauty and meaning, they travel to a place of healing connection and mutual accomplishment they could never reach alone... A marvelous book.
Laurence Cole, song elder and ritual guide
Re-examines stereotypes of the incarcerated, bringing to the fore the poignancy of life events that have led some to inflict pain on victims, their families, and ultimately on themselves. Douglas explores controversial issues of race, poverty, educational access, historical and cultural prejudice, and personal redemption. He weaves stories from the incarcerated, prison officers and wardens, counselors, and choral volunteers to shed light on their shared experience--group singing inside a prison.
Jody L. Kerchner, Ph.D., Professor, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Director of the OMAG Prison Choir--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- Publication date : March 21, 2019
- File size : 936 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 218 pages
- Publisher : Innerworld Publications (March 21, 2019)
- ASIN : B07PYYPPD7
- Language: : English
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,304,275 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This tells the story of the author's experience of singing in a prison choir, interwoven with information on the current state of the criminal justice system in America.
The story is told with compassion - for the prisoners as well as the victims of their crimes. There is a lot of thought-provoking material in here whether you're a liberal, conservative, a convicted criminal, or a crime victim.
Even if you've never thought about our criminal justice system or social/political issues, this book is just plain a great read!