Doug Levitt first began riding Greyhound buses across the U.S. as part of a job he had taken to try and register voters in favor of Democrat John Kerry during the 2004 Presidential election, but the need to ride the bus has continued even after Kerry lost the election to President George W. Bush. ‘The Greyhound Diaries‘ has developed into a multimedia art project that includes a web series, music, book, and a live stage show that combines all the work Doug Levitt has so far undertaken.
Understanding the issues facing the people of the U.S. is something the Washington D.C. born musician Doug Levitt hopes to do and bring those living in major areas of the country a view of U.S. citizens that is largely hidden from view by the mainstream media; Doug Levitt has completed around 120,000 miles riding Greyhound buses he states are largely used only by those with few options. Levitt believes ‘The Greyhound Diaries’ shows just how unequal U.S. society really is and explains he has met a number of former prisoners from the U.S. prison system who are often given a bus ticket from the jail they are released from to the scene of their crime.
Doug Levitt has spoken of how therapeutic it has been for himself to discuss his own life with the people he meets during the journey’s he undertakes for “The greyhound Diaries’ project; Levitt believes his own history that includes the suicide of his father when Doug was 16 allows him to feel a sense of closeness to the people he meets living in poverty across the U.S. and learn more about Doug.
Prior to working as a musician and artist, Doug Levitt enjoyed a successful career as a foreign correspondent for major news networks, including CNN and ABC in the U.S. Coming from Washington D.C. Doug has often spoken of the fact the U.S. capital protected him from seeing much of the poverty seen across the U.S., but his travels to Europe and beyond inspired Doug to explore the issue of inequality seen across vast portions of the U.S. and more information click here.