Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The John Sinclair Freedom Rally: December 10, 1971

John Sinclair Freedom Rally

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Yoko Ono and John Lennon at the Freedom Rally
The John Sinclair Freedom Rally was a protest and concert in response to the imprisonment of John Sinclair for possession of marijuana held on December 10, 1971, in Crisler Arena at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The event was filmed and released as Ten For Two.[1]

The reason behind the concert was the arrest of Sinclair, who was given ten years in prison for the possession of two marijuana cigarettes. Shortly after the event, Sinclair was released.[2][3][4][5]

Monday, December 8, 2014

Dec 7th Update from Amsterdam


Please excuse the lack of activity here over the last 6 weeks I've been off on a major caper. On my return to Amsterdam i reunited with John and all is well.

A mountain of books and CDs sit before me, shared offerings from John: titles such as 'Rays of the Sun' by the Planet D Nonet featuring Michael Ray, Blues for Bird by Martin Gray (book), 'The Autobiography of Leroi Jones by Amiri Baraka, The Human Universe by Charles Olson, Huey 'Piano' Smith and the Rocking Pneumonia Blues by John Wirt, Ernie K-Doe: the R&B emperor of New Orleans by Ben Sandmel, 'Hemingway and Pound by John Cohassey. Plus the many radio shows, live performances and recordings i missed since seeing John two months ago.   

Catch up with all the blues jazz reefer over at Radio Free Amsterdam


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

John Sinclair New York Performances. October 2014


Hempstalk 2014: John Sinclair - End Prohibition in Oregon

Hempstalk 2014: John Sinclair - End Prohibition in Oregon FATTENING BLOGS FOR SNAKES 2014

Happy Birthday John Sinclair (for last week)

Happy Birthday John Sinclair

From the 1995 retrospective of the pioneering '70's Detroit rock band, The Up - Killer Up! - this bonus cut - "Prayer For John Sinclair", an agit-prop chant by Allen Ginsberg

It's 1971 and John Sinclair ("Ten for Two" - ten years for two joints!) is, most definitely, a political prisoner.

So hear him (Allen) intone:  "Trick or treat. Year after year. Literary persons, Ed Sanders, Robert Creeley, myself organization, the American chapter of PEN Club representing one  thousand one hundred writers have petitioned the state of Michigan for release of poet-musician John Sinclair from entrapment by police courts jails - nine-and-a-half to ten years sentence - no appeal - bail - fully maximum-security - for two-joint bust. This case articulates the bankrupcy of middle-class law and order - work within the system  rationalizations of irrational public injustice. No lawmaker, judge or policeman in Michigan can argue their own respectability while their state bureaucracy conspires to outrage law and order by keeping Sinclair in prison -  for the tenth time - October 3oth 1971, chanted, written and played by Allen Ginsberg, for prayer for John Sinclair. Om namah shivaya."

For more on the 1971 Free John Sinclair movement - see here.

See also our posting here

Marijuana joint

Fast forward to (October 2nd) 2014 - today,  it's John Sinclair's birthday! - 73 years old and very much alive!

Here's a link to the archive of his impeccable Radio Free Amsterdam radio show

Here's a link to all the news and more on the official John Sinclair web-site

Here's a recent interview/profile from The Guardian  (March of this year, tying in with his most recent CD - Mohawk (from Iron Man Records)