For many years, the U.S entertainment industry has been trying to showcase and bring the news on how people struggle in the society. A renowned artist, Doug Levitt, followed this tradition while creating his multimedia project “The Greyhound Diaries” with a broad ranging exploration of the U.S. poverty in novel, music and graphic form. He uses all these artistic forms during his live shows. The shows combine his personal experience, storytelling in the form of songs and the photographic images he projects during the performances he gives while touring the world.
Greyhound Diaries is a musical and live multimedia brought into action by Doug Levitt. Doug has traveled for more than ten years and has over 100,000 Greyhound miles offering chronicles of fellow travelers. He began his first journey in late 2004. This was a six-week long bus tour. The carried a guitar, a duct-taped laptop and a digital camera. His main aim was to shed light on the working poor and the least expected in our daily dissertations. This way, he got to tell a story of what exists beyond the usual daily captions.
Doug was born in 1972, and he is the youngest in his family. His parents are David and Carol Schwartz. He went to Washington D.C. public schools and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School. He then attended the Cornell University. Later, he got a Fulbright Scholarship and managed to graduate with masters in Internal Relations after studying at London School of Economics.
When his dad committed suicide while he was sixteen years old, Levitt chose to heal by making the experience instrumental in his path towards becoming an artist.
Levitt admits that growing up in Washington D.C. didn’t make it easy for him to understand how those in the low classes of the society were often described to be recession proof. His life changed when he was working and living in London. He was a foreign correspondent. Doug decided that he would change his life and focus on music and scrutinize the lives of the people who struggle in the society.