The Greyhound Diaries is a live musical and literary exploration of American working-class as viewed from the stations and seats of the Greyhound Bus by songwriter Doug Levitt. He has spent over ten years traveling and has covered 100,000 Greyhound miles converting stories of fellow travelers into words, songs, and images. The purpose of Levitt’s project is to shed light on disparity and struggle that passengers go through as they travel by bus.
During his first six tours by bus, Levitt carried a guitar, a digital camera, and duct-taped laptop with an aim to shed light on the life of travelers. Levitt listened as the passengers shared their experiences and memories. The media tools helped him to capture the memories shared by the passengers. He has featured on Fox News, Reuters, CNN, and The Wall Street Journal. ‘The Greyhound Diaries’ was compiled into a musical collection, a book in 2008, and eventually, a website comprised of videos, images, and songs. He chose to travel by bus to meet with low-income earners and learn their challenges as they traveled by bus on a daily basis.
About Doug Levitt
Doug Levitt is an established U.S-based singer, songwriter, activist, writer, and photographer born on 1972 in Washington. D.C. He is the writer of the novel, ‘The Greyhound Diaries’, which is an eight-year project. Levitt began writing songs and stories about other travelers after setting out on a six-week journey. He was a student of the late author and astrophysicist, Carl Sagan at the Cornel University. After receiving the Fulbright Scholarship, Levitt attended London School of Business and graduated with a Master’s degree in International relations.
Working as a foreign correspondent in London, Levitt developed interests in music and decided to follow his passion. In 2001, he relocated to Nashville and signed up with popular producer David Henry, who produced records for Guster and John Rouse. They became long-term partners in the production of The Greyhound Diaries. Levitt has captured over 10,000 images and performed the project at Water Reed Army Medical Facility, The Kennedy Center, halfway houses, national media outlets, universities as well as homeless shelters distributed across the globe.
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