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The Chainlinks Profile (1984)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Ponchatoula, Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana, Hammond, Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1984-09-21

Duration: 00:06:36

Subjects: Music | PRISONERS | Criminals -- Rehabilitation


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Ekings, Robyn Reporter
  • Brown, Herbert "Slick" Interviewee
  • Barr, Denny Interviewee
  • Jackson, Donald Interviewee
  • Gideon, Charles Interviewee


This segment from the September 21, 1984, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Robyn Ekings’ profile of the Chainlinks, a band comprised of inmates at Hunt Correctional Center. Ekings reports that the Chainlinks, the state’s first traveling prison band, are an experiment in music rehabilitation. She interviews: Herbert “Slick” Brown, band member; Denny Barr, band organizer; Donald Jackson, band member; and Ponchatoula Mayor Dr. Charles Gideon. This report includes footage of the band performing at the Hammond State School and recording an album at a music studio in Ponchatoula. Host: Beth Courtney