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Blues Poet: John Sinclair & His Blues Scholars

Mar 28, 2019

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Mr. Sinclair will be performing a rich program of evocative blues poetry on Thursday with Tom Worrell and the Blues Scholars, followed by a set of jazz poetry in the early set on Friday night. The stories John tells with his enthralling spoken word performances bring light, life and shape to legendary figures of jazz and blues like Monk, Trane and Roosevelt Sykes.


John Sinclair is a legendary figure of the Detroit music, art, and literary scenes. Early in his career Sinclair managed Detroit’s most powerful ‘60s rock & roll band, the MC5. Radical and revolutionary, both the MC5 and John Sinclair were driving forces in the political, social and cultural awakening of a generation of young Americans. A key chapter in Sinclair’s story begins when he was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for giving two joints to an undercover narcotics officer. Two years later, after many community protests in support of Sinclair, John Lennon performed his song “Free John Sinclair” at a star-studded concert rally in Ann Arbor. Three days later, Sinclair was released from prison when the Michigan Supreme Court ruled that the state’s marijuana statutes were unconstitutional. 

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