Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Brown's Islamic conversion

Former Stone Roses frontman Ian Brown told prison authorities that he was Muslim so he could get better food in jail.The rocker, who in 1999 served two months in a Manchester, England, jail for threatening an air stewardess, didn't fully convert to Islam - he just wanted to eat the food on the Muslim menu.Brown says: "My sister bought me the Koran in 1990. I always thought the stories in it were magical.

"So I'd already had a love affair with it, but when I got in jail the first day, I saw what everyone else was eating. I didn't know what was in the pies, but the lads said if you were Muslim you got chickpeas, lentils, rice, chicken curry on a Friday."So I said my religion was Muslim."

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