The one time The Beatles' 'Hey Jude' sparked a prison riot

News 29/06/2020

Actor Danny Trejo, known for the leading character on Machete (2010), recalled a time when the Beatles' classic track, 'Hey Jude' started a prison riot in 1968.

At the time, Trejo was serving 18 months in solitary confinement, having done a number of drug and armed-robbery related crimes. Although it was 52 years ago, Trejo says he can't forget the one time when one of his favourite songs was the driving reason behind the violent mayhem.

That song was so beautiful, it was worth a riot.

"It's always real noisy and chaotic in the hole, and this song comes on, and you can barely hear it from the officer's radio," Trejo told NME. "And the hole got quiet and quiet and quiet. It's not good when the hole is quiet. And then, 'Judy Judy Judy Judy Judyyyyyy!' Sinks were broken! Toilets were flooded! We went just totally insane! That song was so beautiful, it was worth a riot."