A South African media lawyer’s prison-themed playlist

Bob Marley's "I Shot the Sheriff" features on this criminal justice-themed song list (Photo: UrbanSpiritual.org)

Bob Marley’s “I Shot the Sheriff” features on this criminal justice-themed song list (Photo: UrbanSpiritual.org)

Prisons feature in many cultural works, including songs. The Wits Justice Project asked Joburg media and entertainment lawyer Mark Rosin to share his list of songs with a criminal justice theme. Let us know what other songs we can add to the list!

Chain Gang by Sam Cooke

Jailhouse Rock by Elvis Presley

Folsom Prison Blues by Johnny Cash

I Shot the Sheriff  by Bob Marley

Gallow’s Pole by Huddie “Leadbelly” Ledbetter   (Listen to the Led Zeppelin version)

In the Jailhouse Now by Jimmie Rodgers  (Listen to the Soggy Bottom Boys version  )

Whisky in the Jar by Thin Lizzy  (Listen to the Metallica version)

I Fought the Law by The Clash

Tillamook County Jail by Todd Snider

The Well and the Lighthouse by Arcade Fire

The Mercy Seat by Nick Cave

 Related articles

Captive audience: The music business in America’s Prisons, an article from spin.com

Larry Joe, South African prisoner-turned singer

Irene Taylor Trust “Music in Prisons” scheme 

International conference on Music in Detention  (Presents the other side of the coin: music as a means of repressing or torturing prisoners)

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