From Sebastopol to San Quentin to Hollywood-- a local musician's wild, uplifting, issue-driven ride continues to accelerate.
Sebastopol bandleader, songwriter, youth advocate and music teacher Buzzy Martin's three years of regular music classes at San Quentin came to an abrupt halt when one of the participating inmates recognized him, causing Martin to fear for the safety of his wife and son. That was more than a decade ago, but he still misses his work there.
Don't Shoot! I'm the Guitar Man. As his book is transformed into a movie—so far with the title unchanged—Buzzy expects that will become a key scene in the film. But he's hoping the rest of his story will come through the process without getting changed too much.The sudden cessation of his San Quentin classes—and the reason for it—provides one of the most dramatic moments in Martin's memoir,
The unfolding process of making the movie has also triggered some creative moments for Martin, including one that resulted in a new song that is to become part of the soundtrack. Here, he explains and performs that new composition.