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DIE JIM CROW:The EP
A concept album about racism in the US prison system by formerly and currently incarcerated black songwriters from across the country.
The Story

“I’m just a poor black musician trapped in the system fighting for my life sliding backwards through a tunnel moving further from the light. Music is my only salvation. Without it, I think I would surely die.” - Myron Hodges, serving a life without parole sentence at Angola, LA.

It's been three years since a notebook jot-down outlining the idea for what would become the concept album project "Die Jim Crow". I was on the B train to Kingsborough Community College where I was studying history. There was a book in my hand and I was about halfway through it. "The New Jim Crow" by Michelle Alexander.

I was twenty-three years old and I wasn't sure what my truest passion was - Music? Filmmaking? History? Activism? So I'm halfway through the book about two stops from the end of the line, and I write down:

"A concept album* called 'The New Jim Crow' (*a la 'Amused to Death')."

Yes, my title - not too original. We'll call it an homage. "Amused to Death"? A concept album by Roger Waters about humans amusing themselves to death with TV, basically. The album came out pre-internet. Worth listening to. It's use of repeating musical themes, intense builds between tracks, and dark sociopolitical commentary appealed to me. Later on Pink Floyd's "The Wall" (which Waters wrote) would become a much greater inspiration.
FULL 411- https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1954704049/die-jim-crow-the-ep...
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