Saturday, August 09, 2008

Remembering The John Sinclair Case ...


... And The FBI's Program
To Squelch Dissent


From The John & Leni Sinclair Papers
At The University of Michigan:


In July 1969 Sinclair was sentenced to prison for 9 1/2 to 10 years for possession of two marijuana cigarettes. While in prison he assembled and wrote Guitar Army (a Douglas/World book) and published another collection of writings, Music & Politics (World, 1971), co-authored by Robert Levin. His prolific writings appeared in numerous publications and made him a national symbol more influential than ever before. Two-and-a-half years of legal and political battles culminated at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor on December 10, 1971, when 15,000 people attended the Free John Now Rally headlined by John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Just three days later, the Michigan supreme Court, on its own motion, ordered Sinclair released and later overturned his conviction, upholding his contention that Michigan's marijuana statutes were unconstitutional and void.

  • John Sinclair, John Lennon Video


  • Lyrics

    It ain't fair, John Sinclair
    In the stir for breathing air
    Won't you care for John Sinclair?
    In the stir for breathing air
    Let him be, set him free
    Let him be like you and me


    They gave him ten for two
    What else can the judges do?
    Gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta set him free


    If he'd been a soldier man
    Shooting gooks in Vietnam
    If he was the CIA
    Selling dope and making hay
    He'd be free, they'd let him be
    Breathing air, like you and me


    They gave him ten for two
    What else can the judges do?
    Gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta set him free


    They gave him ten for two
    They got Ali Otis too.
    Gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta set him free


    Was he jailed for what he done?
    Or representing everyone
    Free John now, if we can
    From the clutches of the man
    Let him be, lift the lid
    Bring him to his wife and kids


    They gave him ten for two
    What else can the bastards do?
    Gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta set him free


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  • Gimme Some Truth, The Book


  • Editor's Note: I picked up this book last week at City Lights Books.

  • City Lights



  • Gimme Some Truth, John Lennon Video


  • Lyrics


    Im sick and tired of hearing things
    From uptight, short-sighted, narrow-minded hypocritics
    All I want is the truth
    Just gimme some truth
    Ive had enough of reading things
    By neurotic, psychotic, pig-headed politicians
    All I want is the truth
    Just gimme some truth

    No short-haired, yellow-bellied, son of tricky dicky
    Is gonna mother hubbard soft soap me
    With just a pocketful of hope
    Money for dope
    Money for rope

    No short-haired, yellow-bellied, son of tricky dicky
    Is gonna mother hubbard soft soap me
    With just a pocketful of soap
    Money for dope
    Money for rope

    Im sick to death of seeing things
    From tight-lipped, condescending, mamas little chauvinists
    All I want is the truth
    Just gimme some truth now

    Ive had enough of watching scenes
    Of schizophrenic, ego-centric, paranoiac, prima-donnas
    All I want is the truth now
    Just gimme some truth

    No short-haired, yellow-bellied, son of tricky dicky
    Is gonna mother hubbard soft soap me
    With just a pocketful of soap
    Its money for dope
    Money for rope

    Ah, Im sick and tired of hearing things
    From uptight, short-sighted, narrow-minded hypocrites
    All I want is the truth now
    Just gimme some truth now

    Ive had enough of reading things
    By neurotic, psychotic, pig-headed politicians
    All I want is the truth now
    Just gimme some truth now

    All I want is the truth now
    Just gimme some truth now
    All I want is the truth
    Just gimme some truth
    All I want is the truth
    Just gimme some truth


  • The John and Leni Sinclair Papers


  • U.S. V. John Lennon


  • John Sinclair Home Page


  • Legacy Of Anthony Russo And The Pentagon Papers
  • 1 comment:

    Oliver said...

    A new John Sinclair video "The Screamers" is posted today at My Damn Channel. It's from the 2008 Concert of Colors in Detroit:

    http://www.mydamnchannel.com/channel.aspx?episode=916