Tonight, Jerry Stahl talks Prison, Reform & Redemption with Hollywood exec Scott Budnick – who left his a career as successful producer (The Hangover Trilogy) to focus on his project, ARC – the Anti-Recidivism Coalition – and work on behalf of California inmates. Scott talks about sitting down with Obama to talk convict rights, and visiting Tehachapee penitentiary in Bakersfield with Zach Galfanakis.,.. Our second guest is radical rock icon Wayne Kramer. We’ll hear Wayne’s incredible life story – how he went from rock’n’roll stardom as guitarist for the MC5. to serving time in the federal penitentiary at Lexington, to working with Johnny Thunders and other giants at the height of punkdom. After successfully kicking heroin, Wayne continues to play and produce, as well as bringing music to prisons with his organization Jail Guitar Doors. (The title taken from the Clash song written in Wayne’s honor.) Since its inception in 2009, Jail Guitar Doors has provided guitars and music lessons for inmates at more than 50 penal institutions throughout the United States. Kramer’s new album Lexington, began as score for the PBS documentary, Narcotic Farm – about the very penitentiary in which he languished – and has since soared to the top of the jazz charts.
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