The very name gives one chills, doesn’t it? On a sunny day it seems almost unbelievable that such a lovely little island could have once been such an menacing symbol of power.

It’s just over a mile from the San Francisco shore, and yet according to official records, none of the hundreds of men incarcerated during its 30 year reign as America’s most notorious high-security federal prison managed to escape. Though lying within sight and sound of San Francisco’s tantalizing promise of freedom, very few even attempted it. The prison maintained its status as “escape-proof” until it was taken out of service in 1963.

No one ever got off “the rock” and lived… or did they?

Many thanks to Ken Bonfield for the use of the track “Freedom”. Please visit his website for info and more great guitar playing.