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Law and Popular Culture$
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Michael Freeman

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199272235

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199272235.001.0001

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Doing Time and Doing It in Style

Doing Time and Doing It in Style

(p.302) (p.303) Doing Time and Doing It in Style
Law and Popular Culture

Milner S Ball

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines three forms of music by, for, or about the imprisoned. These include Gangsta Rap, Prison Songs, and Outlaw Country. This chapter's main concern is the image of the prison in popular culture. It explains that Prison Songs enable prisoners to survive, Outlaw Country provides some representative voice to the imprisoned, and Gangsta Rap gives expression to survival and death on the streets and in prison.

Keywords:   music, prison, Gangsta Rap, Prison Songs, Outlaw Country, popular culture

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