John Sinclair, poet, writer and political activist.

 

john-sinclair-at-the-barbican-london-uk-31st-may-2014John Sinclair at The Barbican London UK 31st May 2014 © The Barbican.

Founder/Executive Director, Detroit Jazz Center

John Sinclair has cut a wide swath for more than 50 years as a prolific cultural worker, an innovative poet who sets his verse to music from the blues and jazz tradition, a dynamic performer and bandleader who has collaborated with scores of outstanding musicians in performance and recording, a leading music journalist, acclaimed editor, and writer of album liner notes, an award-winning radio broadcaster and record producer, an iconoclastic educator and lecturer, a passionate crusader against the War in Vietnam and the War on Drugs, and a living testimonial to the power of people to make fundamental changes in the conditions of their lives.

Sinclair founded and directed the Detroit Artists Workshop, managed the MC5, formed the White Panther Party, produced the Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Festival, directed the Detroit Jazz Center, taught Blues History at Wayne State University, worked for the Detroit Council of the Arts, produced Piano Night at Tipitina’s for the Professor Longhair Foundation and the “live” broadcast of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival for WWOZ-FM. He spent three years in prison for marijuana offenses, overthrew the Michigan marijuana laws, helped institute Ann Arbor’s historic $5 fine for possession of weed, founded the Ann Arbor Hash Bash and served as High Priest of the Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam.

Sinclair has collaborated with a brilliant array of contemporary musicians, from saxophone giants Archie Shepp, Marion Brown, Daniel Carter and Earl Turbinton to hornmen David Amram, Michael Ray, Charles Moore, James Andrews and Kermit Ruffins, guitarists Wayne Kramer, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Willie King, Jim McCarty and Jeff “Baby” Grand, and West African griots Bala Tounkare and Guelel Kuumba.

Sinclair has released more than 20 CDs, including several with his band of Blues Scholars, and his recent books include It’s All Good—A John Sinclair Reader, Song of Praise: Homage to John Coltrane, Sun Ra Interviews & Essays (editor), a book of blues verse called Fattening Frogs For Snakes, and i mean you: a book for penny.

John Sinclair was born in Flint, Michigan on October 2, 1941. He attended

Albion College and graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint College in 1964 with an A.B. in English Literature. At college he began writing poetry and music criticism and edited the school paper, The Word,.Sinclair pursued graduate studies in American Literature at Wayne State University in Detroit, completing his master’s thesis on William Burroughs’ Naked Lunch while beginning his career as a poet, journalist, music presenter, concert and festival producer, music historian, radio broadcaster and educator.

As a cultural activist Sinclair helped establish and direct the Detroit Artists Workshop, the Allied Artists Association, Jazz Research Institute and Detroit Jazz Center. He managed the MC5, Mitch Ryder & Detroit and other bands, produced dance concerts at the Grande Ballroom, free concerts in the parks, the Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Festivals, and countless left-wing benefits, community cultural events, jazz concerts and poetry readings.

Sinclair has booked bands, bought talent and done publicity for nightclubs, bars and concert halls; developed programs, written grants, raised funds and directed projects for jazz artists and community arts organizations; and produced records by artists from the MC-5, Little Sonny and Deacon John to Sun Ra, Victoria Spivey and Roosevelt Sykes.

He’s been a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts; a professor of Blues History at Wayne State University; director of the City Arts Gallery and editor of the City Arts Quarterly for the City of Detroit Council of the Arts; producer and host of radio program series at WCBN-FM, WDET-FM and WWOZ-FM New Orleans; and designer and producer of WWOZ’s live broadcast from the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

As a professional journalist Sinclair has written columns, features and reviews of jazz and blues, rock & roll and poetry and writing for publications of all sorts, from obscure local papers to downbeat and Playboy magazine. He’s published poetry books and journals, edited underground newspapers, arts quarterlies and blues magazines, and written liner notes for albums by artists from Louis Armstrong, the Art Ensemble of Chicago and Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes to Johnny Adams, the Wild Magnolias and the Re-Birth Brass Band.

A marijuana activist since 1964, Sinclair has fought on the marijuana side of the War on Drugs through Detroit LEMAR, Amorphia, NORML and a five-year struggle in the courts of Michigan that cost him 2-1/2 years in prison before he overturned Michigan’s marijuana laws on appeal and helped enact the historic $5 fine for marijuana activity in Ann Arbor.

Sinclair was Chairman of the White Panther Party and its successor, the Rainbow Peoples Party, battling Richard M. Nixon and his goons from the beginning of his administration to the bitter end. It was Sinclair’s court case challenging Nixon’s warrantless wiretap program that produced the historic Supreme Court decision in U.S. vs. U.S. District Court that “national security” wiretaps could not be allowed—at least not until the Bush-Cheney-Rove era of the 2000s.

Sinclair left Detroit in 1991 and spent 12 years in New Orleans before establishing his present base in Amsterdam in 2003, where he founded his internet radio station, www.RadioFreeAmsterdam.com, in 2004 and began the process of establishing the John Sinclair Foundation. He continues to release records and books and tours throughout Europe and around the United States with a stunning variety of musical collaborators.

Sinclair’s books have been translated into Italian, French and Spanish, and the poet was recently honored as the International recipient of the prestigious Targa Matteo Salvatore in Foggia, Italy. He’s appeared at the Festival Internazionale della Letteratura Resistente in Tuscany and been featured at major events and festivals in Rome, Milano, Tokyo, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, Florence, and Santiago, Chile.

At the 2006 Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam a potent, prize-winning strain of Dutch marijuana was named in his honor. Later the Ceres Seed Company developed John Sinclair Seeds for sale and distribution throughout Europe and the United Kingdom.

John Sinclair may be reached through the John Sinclair Foundation, Singel 10-sous, 1013GA Amsterdam, The Netherlands or at johnsinclair.us@gmail.com.

JOHN SINCLAIR TIME LINE

1941-1959

Born October 2 at Women’s Hospital, Flint, Michigan

Parents: John Sr. (Jack) and Elsie Sinclair

Sister Kathleen born 1943, brother David born 1945

Attended Davison Public Schools, Davison, Michigan 1959

1959-1964

Attended Albion College, Albion, Michigan, 1959-61

Attended Flint Junior College, 1961

Attended University of Michigan-Flint College. 1962-64

Editor, The Word, UM–Flint

President, UM—Flint Cinema Guild

Graduated UM-Flint, January 1964, A.B. English Literature

1964-67

Attended Wayne State University, Detroit, Graduate School of English

Master’s Thesis: William Burroughs’ Naked Lunch

Convicted of Marijuana Possession, Detroit Recorders Court,

Sentenced to two years probation

Co-Founder & Director, Detroit Artists Workshop

Founder & Director, Detroit LEMAR (Legalize Marijuana)

Editor & Publisher, Artists Workshop Press

Editor & Publisher, Warren-Forest Sun newspaper

Co-Founder & Director, WSU Artists’ Society

Detroit Correspondent, downbeat Magazine, Chicago

Married Magdalene Arndt, June 1965

Berkeley Poetry Conference. Four Young American Poets Reading

Convicted of Marijuana Possession, Detroit Recorders Court,

Sentenced to three years probation

Prisoner, Detroit House of Correction, February-August 1966

Co-Editor, Guerrilla: A Newspaper of Cultural Revolution, Detroit

Talent Consultant, Grande Ballroom, Detroit

Author, This Is Our Music, Artists Workshop Press

Author, FIRE MUSIC: a record, Artists Workshop Press

Author, The Poem For Warner Stringfellow, Artists Workshop Press

Author, “A New Song / For A New Year”, Artists Workshop Press Broadside

Author, “Sing The Song”, Artists Workshop Press Broadside

Author, “When A Man / Loves A Woman”, Fenian Head Centre Press Broadside)

Author, “Weathering”, Fenian Head Centre Press Broadside

Editor, Free Poems/Among Friends, Artists Workshop Press

Editor, Detroit Artists’ Worksheet, Artists Workshop Press

Editor (with Robin Eichele), Ten Wayne Poets, Wayne State University

Contributor, Hettie Jones, Editor, Poems Now, Kulchur Press

1967-1968

Artists’ Manager, MC-5

Producer, MC-5, “Looking At You”/”Borderline”, A-Square Records 45

Author, Meditations: A Suite For John Coltrane, Artists Workshop Press

Talent Consultant, Grande Ballroom, Detroit

President, Trans-Love Energies, Inc., Detroit > Ann Arbor

Daughter: Marion Sunny Sinclair, born May 4, 1967

Editor & Publisher, Ann Arbor Sun newspaper

Founder & Talent Coordinator, Free Concerts in the Parks

Columnist, San Francisco Oracle

Columnist, Ann Arbor Argus

Director, Free University of Ann Arbor

Founder, Minister of Information, Chairman, White Panther Party

Director, MC5, Kick Out The Jams promotional film, Elektra Records

Contributor, Dudley Randall & Margaret G. Burroughs, Editors,

For Malcolm X, Broadside Press

1969-1971

Convicted of Marijuana Possession, Detroit Recorders Court

Prisoner, Marquette Branch Prison, July 1969-September 1970

Daughter: Celia Sanchez Mao Sinclair, born January 17, 1970

Defendant, U.S. District Court, Detroit, Conspiracy to Damage

Government Property: Ann Arbor CIA office

Prisoner, State Prison of Southern Michigan at Jackson, September 1970-

December 1971

Author (with Robert Levin), Music & Politics, Jazz & Pop/World Books

Author, “The Alternative Press”, Alternative Press Broadside

Contributing Writer, Creem, Coda, Jazz & Pop, Ann Arbor Sun

Contributor, The Dial-A-Poem Poets, Giorno Poetry Systems LP

Film, Breathing Together: Electric Conspiracy by Morley Markson

Contributor, Clarence Major, Editor, The New Black Poetry

Contributor, Walter Lowenfels, Editor, The Writing On The Wall

1972-1974

Author, Guitar Army: Street Writings/Prison Writings (Douglas/World Books)

Chairman, Rainbow Peoples Party, Ann Arbor

V-P/Creative Director, Rainbow Multi-Media Corporation, Ann Arbor

Artists’ Manager, Mitch Ryder, Detroit, The Rockets, Guardian Angel

Board Member, Amorphia: The Cannabis Cooperative

Film, Ten For Two: The John Sinclair Freedom Rally by Steve Gebhardt

Organizer, Ann Arbor Human Rights Party

Founder & Director, Michigan Committee for Prisoners Rights

Lecturer, Community Control of Prisons, University of Michigan

Producer & Host, Toke Time, WNRZ-FM, Detroit

Talent Coordinator, Ann Arbor Community Parks Program

Founder & Talent Coordinator, People’s Ballroom, Ann Arbor

Founder, Ann Arbor Tribal Council

Coordinator, Michigan Marijuana Initiative

Contributor, Thomas King Forcade, Editor, Underground Press Anthology

Contributor, David Horowitz, Michael P. Lerner & Craig Pyes, Editors,

Counterculture & Revolution, Random House

Contributor, Cynthia Owen Philip, Editor, Imprisoned In America— Prison Communications:1776 To Attica, Harper & Row

Creative Director & Co-Producer, Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Festivals

1975-1976

Arts Editor, Editor-In-Chief, Detroit Sun Newspaper

President, Rainbow Productions, Inc., Detroit

Creative Director/Talent Coordinator, Rainbow Room, Shelby Hotel

V-P/Creative Director, Strata Records, Inc., Detroit

Producer & Host, Ancestor Worship, WCBN-FM, Ann Arbor

Change of Name: Omowale John Sinclair, U.S. District Court, Detroit

1977-1979

President, Strata Associates, Inc., Detroit

Executive Director, Allied Artists Association, Detroit

Producer & Host, RE: Visions—Another Look At Modern Music, WCBN-FM

Concert Producer, Orchestra Hall/The Paradise Theatre

Producer/Project Director, Detroit Jazz Artists on Tour

Director, Motor City Blues at the 1973 Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Festival, Video Documentary

Director, CJQ at the 1973 Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Festival, Video Documentary

Michigan Director, National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws

Expansion Arts Panelist, National Endowment for the Arts

1979-1981

Executive Director, Jazz Research Institute, Detroit

Concert Producer, World Stage & Jazz Gallery, Detroit Jazz Center

Talent Coordinator, Cobb’s Corner Bar, Club Con Brio, Concerts by the River

Producer & Host, The Sound of Detroit, WCBN-FM

Contributor, Glen Mannisto, Dennis Teichman & Jim Wanless, Editors,

48222: A Detroit Book of Poetry, Detroit River Press

1982-1987

Artists’ Manager, The Urbations, Celluloid Records

Concert Producer, St. Andrews Hall, Detroit

Booking Agent/Talent Coordinator, M/S/A, Detroit

Talent Coordinator, B’Stilla, Red Carpet, Kicks (Detroit), Mr. Christians

(Royal Oak), Sully’s (Dearborn), Blue Frogge (Ann Arbor)

Contributing Writer, Detroit Metro Times, Detroit News,

Detroit Free Press

Poet/Performer, John Sinclair & His Blues Scholars

Author, thelonious: a book of monk—volume one (privately published)

Author, “rhythm-a-ning”, Maximus & Company Broadside

Author, “I Can’t Be Satisfied”, Alternative Press Broadside

Lawrence Goldstein, Editor, Detroit: An American City,

University of Michigan Quarterly Review)

1988-1991

Author, We Just Change The Beat: Selected Poems, Ridgway Press

Cassette, We Just Change The Beat with the Blues Scholars, M/S/A

Poetry Series Producer (with Bob Rudnick), Union Street, Detroit

Editor, City Arts Quarterly, Detroit Council of the Arts

Director, City Arts Gallery, Detroit Council of the Arts

Adjunct Professor of Music History, Wayne State University,

History of Rock & Roll, Blues History

Producer & Host, Blue Sensations, WDET-FM, Detroit, MI

Poet/Performer, John Sinclair & His Blues Scholars

Contribuutor, Wavelength, OffBeat, New Orleans

Divorced from Magdalene (Leni) Sinclair, 1988

Married Patricia Brown, January 1, 1989

Contributor, Sherry Hendrick, Editor, Detroit 1989 (privately printed)

Author, “fly right”—a monk suite (privately printed)

Contributor, Ron Allen & Stella Crews, Editors, HIPology, Broadside Press

Contributor, Sascha Feinstein & Yusef Komunyakaa, Editors,

The Jazz Poetry Anthology, Indiana University Press

Contributor, Playboy’s History of Jazz & Rock

Film, Growing Up In America by Morley Markson

Recording, fly right—a monk suite with Ed Moss (unissued)

1991-2003

Creative Director/Producer, Big Chief Productions, New Orleans, LA

Poet/Performer, John Sinclair & His Blues Scholars

Senior Producer, WWOZ-FM, New Orleans

Producer & Host, Blues & Roots and The New Orleans Music Show, WWOZ-FM

Producer & Host, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival “Live” Broadcast, WWOZ-FM

Writer & Music Programmer, “Crescent City Sounds,” WGBH Radio

Writer & Producer, “Mardi Gras Special with Dr. John,” WWOZ-FM

Writer & Producer, “The Sounds of New Orleans,” WWOZ-FM

Silver Reel Award, National Federation of Community Broadcasters,

Mardi Gras Indian Music Special, WWOZ-FM

Board Member & Historian, Professor Longhair Foundation

Cassette, Beyond Humidity, Mesechabe magazine compilation

Contributor, David Meltzer, Editor, Reading Jazz

Contributor, P-Funk Guitar Army (produced by George Clinton),

Blues Interactions Records compilation

Contributor, Smokin’! The Sounds of New Orleans, Volume 2

with Marion Brown, WWOZ compilation

Co-producer (with Jerry Brock), Piano Night at Tipitina’s

Producer, Piano Night at Tipitina’s , Volumes 1 & 2 I, Overture Records

Feature Writer & Columnist, OffBeat Magazine, New Orleans

Contributing Writer, New Orleans Times-Picayune, Gambit Weekly

Mesechabe. Boston Phoenix, Living Blues, High Times, AllMusic

Guide, Addicted To Noise, Signal To Noise, Perfect Sound Forever,

Arthur, Big City Blues, Addicted To Noise, Heartland Journal,

Woodstock Times, Hour Detroit Producer, Alabama Jubilee Broadcast, WVAS-FM, Montgomery AL

CD, Full Moon Night with the Blues Scholars, Total Energy/Alive Records

10” LP, Friday the 13th with Wayne Kramer (Alive Records

CD, thelonious: a book of monk—volume one (New Alliance Records

CD, If I Could Be With You with Ed Moss & the Society Jazz Orchestra (Schoolkids Records

CD, Full Circle with Wayne Kramer & the Blues Scholars, Alive Records

Producer, WWOZ on CD: The Sounds of New Orleans, Volume 1

Producer, WWOZ on CD: The Sounds of New Orleans, Volume 2

Producer, WWOZ on CD: The Sounds of New Orleans, Volume 3

Producer, Alabama Jubilee—Music from the Jubilee CityFest, WVAS Radio

Producer, MC-5, Power Trip, Total Energy/Alive Records

Producer, MC-5, Ice Pick Slim, Total Energy/Alive Records

Producer, MC-5, Teen Age Lust, Total Energy/Alive Records

Producer, MC-5, Starship, Total Energy/Alive Records

Producer, MC-5, American Ruse, Total Energy/Alive Records

Producer, MC-5, Human Being Lawnmower, Total Energy/Alive Records

Producer, MC-5, Looking At You, Total Energy/Alive Records

Producer, The Up, Killer Up, Total Energy/Alive Records

Producer, The Rationals, Temptation’s ‘Bout To Get Me, Total Energy/ Alive Records

Producer, Mitch Ryder & Detroit, Get Out The Vote, Total Energy/ Alive Records

Producer, Little Sonny, Blues With A Feeling, Schoolkids Records

Producer, Please Mr. Foreman: Motor City Blues, Schoolkids Records

Producer, Roosevelt Sykes/Victoria Spivey, Grind It!, Schoolkids Records

Producer, Big Walter Horton/Original King Biscuit Boys, Well All Right!, Schoolkids Records

Producer, Sun Ra & His Arkestra, Life Is Splendid, Total Energy/ Alive Records

Producer, Sun Ra & His Arkestra, Outer Space Employment Agency, Total Energy Records/Alive Records

Producer, Sun Ra & Arkestra, It Is Forbidden, Total Energy/Alive Records

Producer, Ann Arbor Boogie, Blues Interactions Records compilation

Producer, Deacon John, Live at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage

Festival 1994, RedBone Records

Liner notes for BlackTop Records, EMI, CBS/Legacy, Rounder Records,

Orleans Records, Sound of New Orleans Records, Alive Records,

Schoolkids Records, Overture Records and others

Author, Full Circle, minimal press

Film, Slam! by Mark Levin & Richard Stratton

Contributor, Urban Roots, Cutting Edge Compilation CD

Contributor, Motor City’s Burning, Alive Records Compilation CD

Contributor, Jas Mathus & the Knockdown Society, Songs For Rosetta

Contributor, Jazz: The Language of New Orleans, Volume 1,

Louisiana Red Hot Records Compilation CD

Contributor, What It Sounds Like, Mesechabe Cassette Compilation

High Priest, Cannabis Cup 1998. Amsterdam

Composer-Performer, Viper Madness Suite with the Blues Scholars

featuring James Andrews, Milkweg, Amsterdam

European Tour: Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Den Haag, Utrecht, Basel, Berlin

Panelist/Performer, I Rip You You Rip Me, Rotterdam Museum of Art

CD, It’s All Good with Fluxedo Junction, Fluxedo Records

Film, High Times Cannabis Cup 1998 by Steven Hager

Poet/Performer, Collaborations with Walter “Wolfman” Washington,

Johnny Vidacovich, Earl Turbinton, James Andrews, Kidd Jordan,

Carlo Ditta, Rockin’ Jake, Coco Robicheaux, Andre Wiliams,

New Orleans Juice, North Mississippi All Stars, Archie Shepp,

Ed Sanders, Bala Tounkare, David Amram, Wayne Kramer,

Charles Moore, Daniel Carter, Dee Pop, Calvin Weston, Elliott Levin, Ed Moss & the Society Jazz Orchestra, Jimmie Lee Robinson,

James Montgomery, Devil Gods, T.J. Wheeler & The Smokers, Johnnie Bassett & the Blues Insurgents, Bennie Smith, Steve Mackay, Black Mike Henderson, Howling Diablos, Jeff “Baby” Grand, Mick Vranich, Mark Ritsema, Michael Ray & the Cosmic Krewe, Marion Brown, Corey Harris, Eluard Burt, Tim Green, Kermit Ruffins, Willie King, James McCarty, Phil Hale, Thornetta Davis, Lyman Woodard, Harmonica Shah, Kudzu Kings, Afrosippi and others

CD, Steady Rollin’ Man with the Boston Blues Scholars, TriPup Records

CD, Underground Issues, SpyBoy Records

CD, White Buffalo Prayer with the Blues Scholars featuring Wayne

Kramer, SpyBoy Records

Managing Editor, Blues Access Magazine

Best of the Beat Award, “Best Radio Personality,” OffBeat, 1998-1999-

2000-2001-2002-2003

Instructor, “Poetry of the Blues,” Common Ground on the Hill, McDaniel College, Westminster MD

Instructor, “Poetry of the Blues,” New Orleans School of the Imagination

Writer & Producer, Roots Music Gathering, Music Business Institute

Contributor, Bill Milkowski, Rockers, Jazzbos & Visionaries

Contributor, Kudzu Kings, Y 2 Cow CD

Contributor, Cruisin’ Songs from the Motor City with the Blues Scholars,

Harmonie Park Records CD Compilation

Contributor, Welcome to Little Milton, Malaco Records CD

Contributor, Music Is Revolution, The End Is Here CD Compilation

Featured Speaker, White Buffalo Day (St. John Coltrane Church, San

Francisco), MassCann Freedom Rally (Boston Common),

WHEE—World Hemp Expo Extravaganja, (Eugene OR),

Martin Luther King 2000 Symposium (University of Michigan),

Hash Bash (Ann Arbor), Phil Ochs Memorial (Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland), Human Rights Festival (Athens GA), SXSW (Austin TX), Tennessee Williams Festival (Le Petite Theatre, New Orleans), Bluesstock (Memphis)

Festival appearances, MassCann (Boston), Sunflower Blues Festival

(Clarksdale, MS), North Beach Jazz Festival (San Francisco),

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Kansas City Blues & Jazz

Festival, Baton Rouge Blues Festival, Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz

Festival, Crossing Borders Festival (Amsterdam), Cannabis Cup

(Amsterdam), Music of the World Festival (Basel), Lowell Celebrates Kerouac (Lowell MA), Berkshire Mountain Music Festival, RiverFest

(Manchester NH), Portsmouth Blues Festival, American Music

Festival (Westminster MD), Greektown Festival (Detroit),

Rainbow Farm Hemp Festival (Niles MI), Chicago Blues Festival,

Toledo Blues Festival, Bumbershoot Festival (Seattle), Washington

Square Park Jazz Festival (San Francisco), Detroit International Jazz

Festival, White Buffalo Day (New Orleans), Bluestock (Memphis),

Heatstock (North Branch MI), Human Rights Festival (Athens GA),

Insomniac-A-Thon (Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans),

Double Decker Festival (Oxford MS)

Film, Happy Here & Now by Michael Almagordo

Member, Screen Actors Guild

Film, Zombie vs. Mardi Gras by Karl DeMolay, Will Frank & Mike Lyddon

Contributor, Legs McNeil & Gillian McCain, Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk

Contributor, BluesHound Guide to the Blues

Author, PeyoteMind, The End Is Here Press

CD, PeyoteMind with Mystery Island, The End Is Here Records

Author, Fattening Frogs For Snakes: Delta Sound Suite, Surregional Press

CD, Fattening Frogs For Snakes, Volume 1: The Delta Sound with the Blues Scholars, Okra-Tone/Rooster Blues Records

Artist in Residence, Wesleyan University, University of Illinois

Contributor. The Brakemen CD

Contributor Live on Frenchmen Street CD with the New Orleans Jazz Vipers

Film, Funky New Orleans by Jean-Francois Bizot

Author, “the Screamers” New Orleans School of the Imagination Broadside, Author, “rhythm-a-ning,” Surregional Press Broadside

CD, KnockOut with Langfrans & Baas B, D-Men Records

Film, MC5: A True Testimonial by David Thomas & Laurel Legler

2003-2008

Poet in Residence, 420 Café, Amsterdam

Producer & Host, The John Sinclair Radio Show, Amsterdam

Founder & Program Director, RadioFreeAmsterdam.com

Columnist, “On The Road,” Little Rock Free Press

Contributor, Encyclopedia of the Blues

Columnist, “Blues & Roots,” [An] Honest Tune

Poet in Residence, The Dolphins coffeeshop, Amsterdam

CD, No Money Down: Greatest Hits, Volume 1, Big Chief Records

Film, U.S. vs. John Lennon by David Leaf & John Scheinfeld

Film, Punk/attitude by Don Letts

Author, “i mean you”—a book for penny, palOmine press

MC/Performer, Davison Blues Festival, Davison MI

Poet/Performer, Detroit International Jazz Festival with the Blues Scholars

Poet/Performer, ArthurFest, Los Angeles

Poet/Performer, HempFest, Seattle

Poet/Performer, Vurige Tongen @ Ruigoord, Amsterdam

Poet/Performer, Beat Hippie Autonomie Punk Exhibit, Cox 18, Milan, Italy

Author, Va Tutto Bene (en Italiano), Stampa Alternativa

CD, criss cross with Mark Ritsema, Big Chief Records

Poet/Performer, Radio Onda Rossa, Roma

Poet/Performer, Libri, Pitigliano, Italy

Poet/Performer, Teatro del Fuoco, Foggia, Italy

Award, Targa Matteo Salvatore, Foggia, Italy

Guest MC, MC5 & Stooges, All Tomorrow’s Parties, UK

Guest Poet, DKT/MC5, Paradiso, Amsterdam

Guest Poet, Black Crowes, Paradiso, Amsterdam

Poet/Performer, Forte Prenestino, Roma

Poet/Performer, Museo Arte di Paolo Pini, Milano

  • Poet/Performer, Festival della Letteratura Resistente, Elmo, Italy
  • Author, Guitar Army (en Italiano), Stampa Alternativa
  • Author, Guitar Army—Street Writings/Prison Writings

(2nd Edition with CD), Process Books/Feral House Press

  • Guest, Cannabis Film Festival, Santiago, Chile

Film, Sun Ra: Brother from Another Planet by Don Letts

Film, Charles Olson: Polis Is This by Henry Ferrini

Writer & Co-Producer, 20 To Life: The Life & Times of John Sinclair, a film by Steve Gebhardt

2008-2012

Poet In Residence, Bohemian National Home, Detroit

Author, It’s All Good—A John Sinclair Reader (with CD), Headpress Books

Poet/Performer, Detroit Life with the Motor City Blues Scholars, No Cover Records

Poet/Performer, Tokyo Hipster Club, Tokyo, Japan; Obama Inauguration

Celebration, Café Oto, London with the Londin Blues Scholars; CosmoPoetica, Cordoba, Spain with Mark Ritsema; CosmoPoetica, Murcia, Spain with Mark Ritsema; Jazz & Poetry, Lincoln Center, New York City with Sonny Fortune; Festival Rochefort-en-Accords, France; Hempstock, Portland OR; Lowell Celebrates Kerouac, Lowell MA

Guest, Raindance Film Festival HQ, London

Producer/Host, Sinclair On The Air, Salto Wereld FM, Amsterdam

Producer/Host, Radio Free Genoa, Piazza del Erbe, Genoa

Panelist, Kunstraum Kreuzberg, Berlin

Poet/Performer, Tearing Down The Shrine Of Truth & Beauty

with the Pinkeye Orchestra, LocoGnosis Records

Poet/Performer, Viper Madness with the Planet D Nonet, MoSound Records

Speaker, UMass 420 Festival, Amherst MA

Speaker, Medical Cannabis Cup, Seattle

Editor, Sun Ra Interviews & Essays, Headpress

Poet/Performer, Collaborations with Howard Glazer, Guelel Kuumba,

Eric Deaton, Lightning Malcolm, Jim Dickinson, David Kimbrough, Kenny Kimbrough, Cedric Burnside, Gilles Riberolles, Tom Worrell, Adventures in Bluesland, Ras Moshe, Jah-Rom Parker Wells, Burton Greene, Marshall Allen, Elliott Levin, Sonny Fortune, Rashied Ali, Reginald Workman, and others

Poet In Residence, Café The Zen, Amsterdam

Poet/Performer, Let’s Go Get ’Em with the Blues Scholars, MoSound Records

Author, Song Of Praise: Homage To John Coltrane (Trembling Pillow Press)

Poet/Performer, Song Of Praise: Homage To John Coltrane (Trembling Pillow Press

Poet/Panelist, Clinton Memorial Library, Little Rock, AR with David Kimbrough

Poet/Performer, Honoring The Local Gods with Hollow Bones, Straw2Gold Records

Poet/Performer, Beatnik Youth with the Beatnik Youth Orchestra, Track Records

Breathing Air Tour with Howard Marks—Ireland-Scotland-England

Guest Poet, DKT/MC5 & Primal Scream, Royal Festival Hall, London

Poet in Residence, Frenchy Gallery, New Orleans

2013-2016

Poet/Performer, Detroit Artists Workshop 50th Anniversary Concert, Scarab Club,

Detroit with the Blues Scholars; An Evening with John Sinclair, University of

Michigan—Flint College; Barclays Center, Brooklyn with Rodriquez;

Lowell Celebrates Kerouac, Lowell MA with David Amram; Neal Cassidy Birthday Party, Denver with Tom Worrell; Sun Ra 100 Concert, Royal Festival Hall, London with Founder Effect; Double Decker Festival, Oxford MS with Eric Deaton; Hempstalk Festival, Portland OR; Mike Kelley’s Mobile Homestead Opening, MOCAD, Detroit; Viper Madness, Akhnaton, Amsterdam; Freeing John Sinclair, The Ark, Ann Arbor with Wayne Kramer & the Blues Scholars; Maine Harvest Ball, Starks, ME with Portland Art Quartet; Canary Wharf Festival, London with Founder Effect; Detroit Boom Boom Exhibit, Lille, France

Poet In Residence, New Orleans Institute for the Imagination

CD, mohawk with Steve The Fly, Ironman Records

Author, It’s All Good—A John Sinclair Reader, Horner Press

Poet/Performer, It’s All Good—A John Sinclair Reader, CD-Baby Album

Poet/Performer, Keeping The Blues Alive with Adventures in Bluesland, Worldwide Vibe Records

Poet/Performer, Viperism, CD-Baby Album

Poet/Performer, Conspiracy Theory, CD-Baby Album

Poet/Performer Fattening Frogs For Snakes (Volumes 1-2-3-4), CD-Baby

Poet/Performer, Beatnik Youth, Ironman Records CD & LP

Panelist, Detroit Artists Workshop Exhibit, Horse Hospital, London

—Assembled @ Bristol UK, May 16-18, 2016

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