Various Artists – AK Press / IODA, Prisons On Fire

Ron Wynn

By Ron Wynn

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

The provocative, commanding voice of the late George Jackson dominates this disc, which presents, in often harsh, strident tones, his views about prisons as America's version of concentration camps. Jackson details brutality against convicts, charges daily harassment and predicts an eventual uprising. (Jackson's book Soledad Brother echoes many of the comments he makes on this disc; Jackson was subsequently the victim of one of many '60s killings shrouded in mystery and controversy.) Others on the disc include Dr. Angela Davis and activist attorney William Kunstler, whose descriptions of the mounting tensions and impending sense of doom at Attica are as chilling as they are moving. As both political propaganda and a realist slice of black power and Black Nationalist politics, this disc is first-rate.