Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The John Sinclair Foundation

"The John Sinclair Foundation is looking for a place in Amsterdam"

"The purpose of the John Sinclair Foundation is to insure the preservation of the creative works of John Sinclair, to make them available to the public and for posterity, and to support the artistic and cultural projects of John Sinclair including:





Friday, December 16, 2016

Thursday, December 8, 2016

John Sinclair Radio Show - The Pan Piper - Episode 681

Episode 681 is coming from the headquarters of the Herbert Huncke Tea Company in Athens, Greece, where my friend jerome Poynton has brought me to attend the opening of his venture and participate in the intimate but highly productive cannabis extract conference just concluded here, stashing me just around the corner at the Hotel Socrates. Jerry is literary executor of the Herbert Huncke estate and an urban intellecual of the old school, so our conversations have been far-reaching and full of information about many musicians, writers and artists including the people featured in this episode like John Coltrane, Herbert Huncke, Mose Allison, Miles Davis & Gil Evans, John Sinclair, Muddy Waters, Dimitri Mugianis, the Hot 8 Brass Band, Amiri Baraka, Charles Olson, Sun Ra & His Intergalactic Discipline Arkestra, and the Planet D Nonet.
The John Sinclair Foundation Presents
Huncke Tea Company, Athens, November 19, 2016 [20-1648]
[01] Opening Theme: Yusef Lateef: Happyology
[02] John Sinclair ID, Intro & Opening Comments with Jerome Poynton
[03] John Coltrane: Blues Minor
[04] Herbert Huncke: Doing Time
[05] Mose Allison: Lost Mind
[06] Miles Davis & Gil Evans: Springsville
[07] John Sinclair Comments & Conversation with Jerome Poynton
[08] Miles Davis & Gil Evans: The Pan Piper
[09] John Sinclair: i surrender dear
[10] Muddy Waters: Honey Bee
[11] Dimitri Mugianis: Ibogaine Poem
[12] Hot 8 Brass Band: We Shall Walk Through the Streets of the City
[13] John Sinclair Closing Comments & Conversation with Jerome Poynton
[14] Amiri Baraka: Charles Olson & Sun Ra
[15] Sun Ra & His Intergalactic Discipline Arkestra: Outer Space Employment Agency
[16] Planet D Nonet: I’m Taking Off Goom Bye
[17] Closing Theme: Charlie Parker: They Can’t Take That Away From Me
Hosted by John Sinclair for Radio Free Amsterdam
Produced, edited, assembled & annotated by John Sinclair
Executive Producer: Sidney Daniels
Special thanks to Jerry Poynton
Sponsored by Hempshopper & Ceres Seeds, Amsterdam
© 2016 The John Sinclair Foundation



Saturday, December 3, 2016

Radio Free Amsterdam - December 2016 Program Guide.

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

The John Sinclair Radio Show
plus Fly By Night with Steve The Fly

The Blues Show with Bruce Pingree
Blues From the Red Rooster Lounge with Cary Wolfson

Messin’ With The Blues with Leslie Keros
Sounds of Blue with Bob Putignano

Beyond The Groove Yard with George Klein
Ancestor Worship with John Sinclair

Sounds of Blue with Bob Putignano
The Soul Lucille Show

The Dr. Doo Wop Show with Bill Levy
Party Train with Linda Lexy

Mood Indigo with Leslie Keros
Jazz Lunatique with David Kunian

As a rhythm & blues Christmas music fanatic it’s always kicks to assemble some special Xmas music shows at this point in the programming year—now beginning our 13
th at Radio Free Amsterdam.

This month adds a series of Christmas shows from our archives to our regular programming for December 23-24-25, including seasonal gems from Scott Barretta, George Klein, Leslie Keros, Tom Morgan, John Sinclair, Bruce Pingree, Cary Wolfson, Steve The Fly, and David Kunian.

We’re also featuring Leslie Keros’s new show,
Mood Indigo, on Sunday mornings and two doses of Bob Putignano’s Sounds of Blue show each week, plus weekends with Soul Lucille, Dr. Doo Wop, and Linda Lexy. Tune in to our 24/7 Stream for continuous wall-to-wall programming.


MC5's Wayne Kramer Says Trump Is Using 'Meaningless' Flag Burning Rhetoric to Manipulate the Media

"For a teenaged greaser raised by a divorced working mom in the 1950s (imagine that) in inner-city Detroit, all I thought I had was my sister and my electric guitar. I would soon learn that I also had the federal government to thank, personally, for the experiences that motivated me to use art as anger management -- both then and now.
This revelation about my own government as unwelcome force in the way that I and my creative brothers in the MC5 expressed ourselves would have been relegated to a mere musing, if not for the fact that the President-Elect’s conversations about free expression using the American flag appears to have advanced so little in the last 50 years.
My MC5 band mates and I worked hard to reflect the world we inhabited. Not only in our music, but in every aspect of our performances. Living with the then-current and devastating murders of Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, and Bobby Kennedy, we were always pushing to present the music with power in the times we were living. We would write and perform agitprop as part of our rock show. One night, this involved destroying an American flag as a comment on political assassination.
In those times, our idea was a powerful one, and evidently one that prompted J. Edgar Hoover to reiterate, in his letters to Gerald Ford, that we were a rock band “who breathe revolution.” Yeah, you right.
At the close of our set, we would launch into a free-form improvisation climaxing in lead singer Rob Tyner setting the flag on fire. Then, with the music digging into a disturbing feedback drone, an assassin would run onto the stage and shoot him at close range. In the ensuing chaos, we would remove Tyner to the dressing room while the crowd dealt with what they had just witnessed.
Our promoter Russ Gibb got wind of our street-theater intentions and absolutely forbid a flag burning. Russ was also our sometime benefactor, so it was a heated argument. We ultimately negotiated a flag tearing for later that night. As planned, our “assassin” approached Tyner to fire the starter pistol. The gun jammed. Tyner stood inert, packet of fake blood in hand and the whole thing collapsed, leaving the theatre piece to depart the stage ingloriously.
The audience’s memory of the event was a witless “The MC5 Tore Up A Flag!” sound bite. Not the deeper headline we were hoping for. But in that process, something more important about whom we are as a culture was revealed. Turns out it was never the feigned assassination that upset our critics. It was messing with that flag that really got to them.
Now the President-Elect tweets that citizens who exercise their Constitutional right to express themselves should go to jail and be stripped of their citizenship. If it weren’t obvious that this is another meaningless, self-promoting provocation by a skilled media manipulator, and his willing and malleable media, it would be something to be concerned about. But I don’t believe it is.
In this country, the Constitutionally protected right to tear, burn, or otherwise destroy a flag might just be your best way to make a point. After all, it’s not a sacred object, per se, by its physical existence. It is a symbol of those very protections, an artifact that represents the spirit of this country. The flag is a representation of the democratic principles and aspirations the framers constructed for the governmental system of the nation we inherited.
It’s what the flag represents in the hearts, minds, and laws of the citizens of this country that is the issue, not the object itself. And if you think this is the best way for you to express your feelings about your government’s actions, you have the right to burn it. It’s a colorful cloth. It’s not a church, or a school, or a person’s home, or a human being. Those burnings are something to get upset about, and should – and do – have serious lawful consequences. There is a big difference.
Destroying a flag to protest the millions of lives lost in the Vietnam War was one way to express the immorality that many of us felt was being carried out on our behalf by our government. It was a strong gesture and, in my mind, not inappropriate because I operate as if Democracy is a verb. It is participatory, and I am participating. Together, we must, as is our protected right, express our dissatisfaction. How else will the republic continue to refine “a more perfect union”? By docilely consenting to policies that are unjust, unfair, or corrupt? No way.
A better America is an admirable and worthy aspiration. It’s also one that is often messy and uncomfortable, and one that requires its citizens to engage on every level. That none of us, and all of us, own the flag is an issue that has been fiercely litigated, so to have our new “chief executive” toss it out so flippantly into our national dialogue is an insult to our intelligence; an unsophisticated attempt at distraction to shift our eyes from the litany of conflicts and ethics challenges that accompany him.
I’m with Molly Ivins on this one: “I prefer someone who burns the flag and then wraps themselves up in the Constitution over someone who burns the Constitution and wraps themselves up in the flag.”
Today and every day, breathe revolution.
Wayne Kramer
Los Angeles, CA 

Wayne Kramer is a founding member of MC5, whose mélange of protopunk and anti-establishment politics influenced countless artists and activists. Their 1969 debut Kick Out of the Jams is frequented listed as one of the greatest albums of all time.


Friday, December 2, 2016

John Sinclair tells his history regarding the U.S. marijuana laws.

Published on Nov 30, 2016. John Sinclair tells his history regarding the U.S. marijuana laws prohibiting the use of cannabis.


Tuesday, November 1, 2016

'Heaven Was Detroit' Book Signing. Sun Nov. 6

Book Beat is proud to host a book signing for Heaven Was Detroit: From Jazz to Hip Hop and Beyond on Sunday, November 6 from 2:00-4:00PM, featuring editor M.L. Liebler, along with contributing authors W. Kim HerronSusan Whitall, John Sinclair, Leni Sinclair, Jim Gallert, Bill Harris, Aaron Anderson and Matthew Smith. Authors will be discussing the history of Detroit music as well as signing copies. Books will be available for sale at the event. For more information, please contact Book Beat (248) 968-1190.
Heaven Was Detroit: From Jazz to Hip Hop and Beyond is the first of its kind to capture the full spectrum of Detroit popular music from the early 1900s to the twenty-first century. Readers will find in this unique and stimulating anthology new essays, and a few classics, by widely known and respected music writers, critics, and recording artists who weigh in on their careers and experiences in the Detroit music scene, from rock to jazz and everything in between. With a foreword by the acclaimed rock writer Dave Marsh and iconic photos by Leni Sinclair, the book features such well-known writers as Greil Marcus, Jaan Uhelszki, Al Young, Susan Whitall, Gary Graff, John Sinclair, and many others.
“An extraordinary music city deserves an epic chronicle… Without directly arguing it, “Heaven Was Detroit” provides insight into why Detroit’s music seems so intrinsic to the city’s identity — more so than many other cities with famous musical exports — and why it inspires so much dot-connecting.” —review Detroit Free Press
Divided into nine sections, the book moves chronologically through the early days of jazz in Detroit, to the rock ’n’ roll of the 1960s, and up to today’s electronica scene, with so many groundbreaking moments in between. This collection of cohesive essays includes Motown’s connection to the Civil Rights Movement and the Black Power Movement through its side label, Black Forum Records; Lester Bangs’s exemplary piece on Alice Cooper; the story behind the emergence of rap legend Eminem; and Craig Maki’s enlightening history on “hillbilly rock” — just to name a few. With a rich musical tradition to rival Nashville, Detroit serves as the inspiration, backdrop, and playground for some of the most influential music artists of the past century.
“M.L. Liebler’s shares his deep insights and passion for Detroit culture in this new anthology that assembles the A-list of music historians and storytellers from the one of the world’s great musical cities. It will help shine the international spotlight on Detroit’s valuable role in shaping some of the most significant music styles of the 20th and 21st centuries from Jazz and Blues to R&B, Rock, Rap and Techno.”
– Judy Adams, musician, composer, musicologist, and WDET program director and prime time host for over 30 years
M. L. Liebler is an award-winning poet, literary arts activist, and professor. He is the author of several books of poetry, including I Want to Be Once (Wayne State University Press, 2016), and an editor of the anthology Working Words: Punching the Clock and Kicking Out the Jams (Coffee House Press, 2010). He is also co-editor of Bob Seger’s House: An Anthology of Michigan Fiction (Wayne State University Press, 2016). He has taught at Wayne State University since 1980.
Contributors Include:
Al Young, Jim Gallert, Lars Bjorn, Gary Carner, Larry Gabriel, John Sinclair, Bill Harris, W. Kim Heron, R. J. Spangler, Marsha Music Philpot, Robert B. Jones, S. R. Boland, Matthew Smith, Joel Martin, Michael Hurtt, Gary Graff, Herb A. Jordan, Peter Benjaminson, Melba Joyce Boyd, Pat Thomas, Susan Whitall, Mike Dutkewych, John Rodwan Jr., Scott Morgan, Willy Wilson, George Moseman, L.E. Grimshaw, Herman Daldin, Chris Morton, Rick Allen, Lester Bangs, Jaan Uhelszki, Howard A. Dewitt, Ben Blackwell, Danny Kroha, Diane Spodarek, Brian McCollum, Greil Marcus, Bill Holdship, Matt Deapo, Shane M. Liebler, Daniel Jones, Brian Smith, Hobey Echlin, Craig Maki, Rhonda Welsh, Thomas Trimble, Aaron Anderson, Jarrett Koral, Rebecca Derminer, Dan Carlisle, Ben Edmonds and Leni Sinclair. Cover art by Barbara Greene.


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