Tuesday, October 14, 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)


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