John Sinclair

Album: Sometime in New York City (1972)
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  • This song was sung by Lennon to free a political activist named John Sinclair who was sentenced to 10 years in prison for giving an undercover female officer two marijuana joints. Lennon performed this song at a rally for Sinclair in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and two days later, Sinclair was released from prison. >>
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    Kris - Mississauga, ON
  • John Sinclair was a Detroit poet, who before his arrest in 1969 managed the punk pioneering band MC5 for three years and lead the White Panther Party. After his release, he wrote articles for musical publications, promoted the legendary Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz Festival and taught blues courses at Wayne State University. After moving to New Orleans in the early 1990s, he became a radio DJ and released several spoken word blues and jazz-oriented albums.

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  • Barry from New York, NcThe posthumously released album ACOUSTIC contains John's set at the 1971 John Sinclair rally. Short but sweet. Worth checking out.
  • Reed from New Ulm, MnWhat a sad pathetic injustice it was, what happened to John Sinclair---I praise John Lennon for having the guts to speak out about it!
  • Bob from Southfield, MiJohn Sinclair moved to New Orleans in the mid 80s but has returned to the Detroit area. He is still a popular figure around town making many appearances at jazz venues and poetry readings.
  • George from Calumet City, IlVery underrated song from the late, great John Lennon.
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