On January 13 of this year four prisoners were shot by a guard at Soledad State Prison. Three of them, blacks, died. The other, white, was just wounded. On January 16 the Monterey County DA called the murder “justifiable homicide.” The surviving prisoners disagreed with the verdict. They made their decision and implemented it by beating a guard to death. Three black prisoners were selected by the pigs as scapegoats for the guard’s death.
The three: George Jackson, Fleeta Drumgo, and John Clutchette were dutifully indicted by the Establishment’s Grand Jury and are now standing trial before Monterey County’s version of Julius Hoffman; Judge Gordon Campbell.
Possible defense witnesses have disappeared into the bowels of the state prison system and are unavailable to defense lawyers. Lawyers have also been refused the right to look at the site of the alleged crime.
The trial is being held in America, 1970. The prisoners sit in the courtroom shackled, chains dragging from the ankles, wrists and waists.
What follows is a report on conditions in Soledad as seen by an ex-resident…a wise old con too well versed in the ways of the state prison system to believe that he could use his real name and still remain on the outside of the gray steel bars.
A Marine Corps Colonel got a custard pie in the face, between 100 and 200 Berkeley freshmen got an unexpected show, and non-student man, clad in a black cape, orange T-shirt, black tights, and gas mask got away.
Moby Grape, Jefferson Airplane, West Coast Natural Gas, Melvyn Q.
The names are readily recognizable to anyone who frequents Bay Area dance halls, collects posters, or buys records. And to a greater or lesser degree each of the above groups has contributed to the creation of what the national music industry is today calling the San Francisco “Sound.” There is, however, a much more common yet lesser known meeting ground for the four groups; they all came up through the spotlight ranks while under the knowing managerial guidance of one man. His name is Matthew Katz (pronounced like “dates”) and his business is music.