Notorious jailbird Charles Bronson has a new kind of criminal record – after launching a music career.
The 68-year-old has recorded a single about his time in jail called Only Mad Men Crawl.
He had asked to collaborate with former Oasis rocker Liam Gallagher, but was turned down as Liam was working on another project.
Instead he paired up with the band Lost Vegas for the single, which is raising money for a mental health charity.
Bronson, a lag at HMP Woodhill, Bucks, and who is coming up for parole soon, talks about losing his sanity during his 44 years behind bars.
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The lifer, who changed his name to Charles Salvador, said the song was an outlet during long hours
confined to his cell.
He said: “I’m locked up in a concrete coffin 23 hours of a 24-hour day. I created it because I like to keep my fingers in all the pies.
"I like to let people know that my talent, my gift of life, my art, my poetry, my writings, my books, it shows a different light of me.”
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He added: “I wasn’t always nice, but now I’m creative, I’m positive, I’m focused. I’m not such a bad person. I do quite a bit for charities and I enjoy that.
“Come on, cards on the table – do I sound like Britain’s most dangerous man?” Lost Vegas’ singer Chris Topliss said they offered to work with Bronson because he is “a big fan of some of his poetry”.
The song is due out this week. Profits will go to suicide prevention charity the Campaign Against Living Miserably.
And here's some of the lyrics
“Certified insane …
Parkhurst prison back in ’78
I finally went too far
I lost my way, it all crashed in like a drunk in a late night bar
Only violence was my friend, living on a razor’s edge
Visions of hopelessness, jumping off the ledge. Wrapped up inside a canvas jacket
Counting ’roaches on the wall
Like a bird with a broken wing
Only mad men crawl”
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