John Sinclair with Harry Duncan at Amoeba records S.F
FATTENING FROGS FOR SNAKES 2012
Roots & Rhythm Series with DJ Harry Duncan featuring special guest DJ John Sinclair
Amoeba San Francisco - October 27th @ 2:00pm
Join us from 2pm to 5pm for the Roots and Rhythm Series with DJ Harry Duncanfor a rare Bay Area appearance by living legend John Sinclair, poet, author, performer, radio producer and host, political activist, and a proud and permanent resident of what his fellow poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti called the “Gone World.”
To sample some of the Roots & Rhythm music mix you’ll hear on Saturday, October 27th, listen to In The Soul Kitchen with DJ Harry Duncan on KUSF In Exile:
John Sinclair has been a pioneer in fusing music and political action since the 1960s when he managed the MC5, the politically charged and highly influential rock band, in Detroit. It was also during this time in Detroit and Ann Arbor that he co-founded the White Panther and Rainbow Peoples’ Parties. In the late ‘60s, his activities made him a target of repressive forces, including a ten-year prison sentence for possession of two marijuana joints. Progressive musicians and political activists helped secure his release from prison through their participation in The John Sinclair Freedom Rally, which included appearances by John and Yoko Lennon, Stevie Wonder, Phil Ochs, Archie Shepp, and many more. John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s appearance at the rally and their song “John Sinclair “ helped to generate publicity about John’s plight.
Now based in Amsterdam, Sinclair continues to fuse art and activism, recording numerous albums and giving live performances around the globe of his poetry with the accompaniment of various notable blues, jazz, and rock musicians. He continues to host his own radio show, available worldwide on the Radio Free Amsterdam.com, and writes regularly on his blog Fattening Blogs For Snakes. John Sinclair brings a lifelong love and deep knowledge of jazz, blues, R&B, and numerous other genres to the Roots & Rhythm Series on the Amoeba stage.