In the mid 1980s, a band named Viper was formed when a group of teenagers from Sao Paulo Brazil decided to put their talents together and make the type of music that wasn’t that popular in their country at that time. Heavy metal music was more widely received in places like Europe and the U.S., but the members of Viper pushed forward to become innovators who brought this music genre to the South American country. The drummer of the group was a young man named Cassio Audi, who along with the rest of his group, made a debut album called Soldiers of Sunrise, and a demo called The Killera Sword.
The band became a success, but shortly after it gained popularity and airplay, Cassio Audi made an exit from it and went on to study Business Administration at Pontifical Catholic University, where he received a BA degree, and at Sao Paulo University, where he earned an MBA degree. He then started working in the financial industry at businesses like JP Morgan Chase and Brookfield Brazil Real Estate Partners. He became well-known as a real expert in the field of investment managing.
But Cassio Audi never completely left his interest in music behind. He’s stayed in contact with the remaining members of his former band over the years, and they get together every now and then to put on a concert in their hometown for fans who still enjoy listening to their songs. Although some of the members of Viper have been replaced several times since the band was first formed, most of its original members are still around. During the band’s early days, they cited that their inspiration for choosing to do heavy metal music came from listening to the music of the British heavy metal rockers of the 1970s and 1980s.
We are busy living our lives that we forget the plight and the struggles of our fellow brothers and sisters. Nonetheless Doug Levitt, a songwriter, artist and a former foreign correspondent is out to remind us of the challenges others face. In his project the Greyhound Diaries, Doug reveals the melancholy and the desperation of travelers living in poverty and in search of better living conditions. The diaries shows the pictures, confessions and the heart breaking stories of many Americans struggling to find a better life for themselves.
Greyhound Diaries began as a journey in 2004, with Doug Levitt traveling more than 100,000 miles in the Greyhound Bus. During his journey, he met many people and interacted with them, taking pictures and listening to their despairing stories. He later composed the stories and photos in a web series that is aired to the rest of the world to share their stories and to show Americans the sufferings of their fellow brothers and sisters, and hopes that something will be done regarding their state.
Prior to starting the Greyhound Diaries, Doug Levitt never knew he would end up being the voice to the poor travelers. He was foreign correspondent, working with CNN and BBC in Rwanda and Iraq. He touched on the dangers and the consequences of war before giving up his career and concentrating on his artistry. Doug always had a soft spot for the aggrieved and as much as he covered the victims of war, he realized that no one spoke on behalf of the poor people who traveled miles to seek for better living.
Doug Levitt was born in Washington D.C. He attended Cornell University and graduated with a degree in Journalism. His degree played a major role in launching the Greyhound Diaries as he used the knowledge to interact and inquire from the travelers. In addition to this the web series he has also published records, songs and writings on the Greyhound Diaries and his experiences. He uses his talents to help create awareness on the real issues that the low income earning Americans face as they try to shape up their lives.