Guantánamo

The Who’s Pete Townshend records ‘Guantánamo’

The 2008 film “Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantánamo Bay starred John Cho, left, and Kal Penn, right.
The 2008 film “Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantánamo Bay starred John Cho, left, and Kal Penn, right. NEW LINE CINEMA

Following in the footsteps of Harold and Kumar, Patti Smith and shock-doc filmmaker Michael Moore, The Who’s Pete Townshend has found inspiration from the U.S. military prison in Cuba.

Universal Music Enterprises announced Monday in Los Angeles that the venerable musician will release two new songs, one called Guantánamo, in his 17-track album of mostly remastered solo work coming out June 30. Its title: Truancy: The Very Best of Pete Townshend.

The detention center that opened in January 2002 has long been an inspiration for popular culture, most of it critical in one fashion or another. Townshend’s does the same.

“Down in Guantánamo, we still got the ball and chain,” goes the refrain.

A lyric declares, “Still guilty with no charge.”

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Earlier coverage of prison in Pop Culture

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▪ 2013 ‘Let ’em out,’ Esperanza Spalding sings

▪ 2008 Crude comedy tackles America's post-9/11 policy

▪ 2007 Guantánamo in pop culture, a story and multimedia online exploration

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