The banning of steel-string guitars in British prisons has come under fire from a group of prominent musicians..
Including everyone’s favourite:
… including Billy Bragg, Johnny Marr, Dave Gilmour and Richard Hawley.
Dave Gilmour I’d heard of, the others..?
Other musicians that have signed the letter include Seasick Steve, Speech Debelle, and Scroobius Pip.
The ban came in as part of the government’s changes to the incentive and earned privileges policy for prisoners in November last year, the same initiatives that banned prisoners from receiving books.
Nylon stringed guitars are still allowed for those who earn the privilege.
I’d suggest they replace them with harmonicas for that traditional jailhouse feel, but I suppose they’d make a bit of a bruise if thrown…
Billy, however, is heedless of the safety argument:
” There’s never been to my knowledge, an incident in a British prison where someone has been attacked with a steel string guitar. It makes no sense – where’s the logic behind this? Where’s the thinking behind this? ”
Well, if it saves one life, Billy…