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John Sinclair – “Mohawk” CD

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John Sinclair, the renegade poet, scholar and cultural revolutionary released his new album.. John Sinclair has been described as an archetype of the 1960′s art, music and literary synthesis. Today John is still kicking with both feet on his trajectory for cultural transformation. His new record features ten tracks from his book of verse: always know: a book of monk. Twenty poems planted firmly in a single-shot session, and carefully trimmed down to ten exhibits for this album. Beatnik poems, great odes and personal reflections of the Be-Bop jazz persuasion, all flowering together.

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2015—03 March Program Guide
Written by John Sinclair   
Sunday, 01 March 2015 18:46

 

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

RADIO FREE AMSTERDAM 2015

BLUES, JAZZ & REEFER—KEEPING THE MUSIC ALIVE

Mondays

The John Sinclair Radio Show

plus The Soul Lucille Show

Tuesdays

The Blues Show with Bruce Pingree

Wednesdays

Chicago Bound plus Messin’ With The Blues with Leslie Keros

Thursdays

Blues From the Red Rooster Lounge with Cary Wolfson

Fridays

Beyond The Groove Yard with George Klein

plus Fly By Night with Steve The Fly

Saturdays

Diggin’ The Roots with Tom Morgan

plus Highway 61 Blues with Scott Barretta

Sundays

Jazz From The Hempshopper with John Sinclair

plus Jazz Lunatique with David Kunian

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Our March program schedule has Scott Barretta and Highway 61 Blues following Diggin’ The Roots with Tom Morgan on Saturdays and John Sinclair’s Jazz From The Hempshopper reviving on Sundays to precede Jazz Lunatique with David Kunian. The Soul Lucille Show from Florence continues every Monday in Italian following The John Sinclair Radio Show and everything else is as it was, is and should be.

All Radio Free Amsterdam programs are archived at our site under the name of each show. Once a program has been posted you can look it up and play it at any time. Punch LISTEN NOW to hear our program stream.

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MARCH 2015 PROGRAM GUIDE

Sunday, March 1

ANOTHER HAIRDO

JAZZ FROM THE HEMPSHOPPER 01

Jazz from the Hempshopper was produced by John Sinclair for Radio Free Amsterdam at the hemp shop on the Singel Canal in the winter and spring of 2008, featuring classic modern jazz by artists like Charlie Parker with our opening theme, the Miles Davis Quintet, Sonny Rollins, Leone Thomas, Thelonious Monk, the Lyman Woodard Organization, the Detroit Contemporary 4, John Coltrane, Archie Shepp at the Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Festival, and Sun Ra & His Solar Myth Arkestra with our closing theme.

SOUND OF THE POLICE

JAZZ LUNATIQUE 09

David Kunian is protesting against certain current events involving the use of excessive police force and celebrating December birthdays of Professor Longhair, George Porter Jr, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Kermit Ruffins, Keith Richards, Bobby Keys and others with tunes from Egg Yolk Jubilee, Stooges Brass Band, KRS-ONE Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart, Duke Ellington, Professor Longhair, The Meters, Theryl DeClouet, Timothea & The Roadmasters, and Robert Okean.

Monday, March 2

BLUES HAS GOT TO GO

JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 590

Episode 590 is coming from the Zotz Coffeeshop in uptown New Orleans one more time with a program of music from New Orleans by Tom Worrell, Walter "Wolfman" Washington, Lloyd Price, James Andrews, and the Lil' Rascals Brass Band, a set of Little Richard singles recorded in New Orleans for Specialty Records, a cut by my pal Laith al-Saadi who’ll be here next week, a cut by Wayne Kramer & Charles Moore, and a piece from my album Beatnik Youth with a contribution at the end from my friend Howard Marks, who’s now suffering from inoperable cancer and on his last legs.

COLD DUCK TIME

THE SOUL LUCILLE SHOW 09

Lucille DJ is on the air from controradio-fm in the heart of Italy with a killer hour of soul & super heavy funk by William & Watson, the Soul Searchers, Camille Yarbrough, Della Reese, Marie Queenie Lyons, Mixed Grill, Bobby Patterson, Rusty Bryant, Segments Of Time, Southside Movement, and The Dramatics.

Tuesday, March 3

FIRST TIME I MET THE BLUES

THE BLUES SHOW 169

Bruce Pingree is playing the blues in honor of the late Jack Bruce with the Ainsley Dunbar Retaliation, the Graham Bond Organization, John Mayall, Cream, an unidentified artist, and Muddy Waters.

Wednesday, March 4

BLUES ON SOLID GROUND

CHICAGO BOUND 33

Leslie Keros brings us the blues from Chicahgo with selections by Robert Jr. Lockwood, John Primer, Sam Lay, Omar Coleman, Magic Sam, Freddie King, Otis Spann & Mojo Buford, Billy Branch & The Sons of Blues, Otis Rush, Bonnie Lee, Sam Cooke, Muddy Waters, Dave Specter & Steve Freund, Dave Clark’s Blues Swingers with Floyd McDaniel, and Barrelhouse Chuck.

ELEVATOR JUICE

MESSIN’ WITH THE BLUES 32

Leslie Keros is stirring it up from Chicago in Episode 32 with a mess of blues by R.J. Mischo, Vaneese Thomas, Brownie McGhee, Roy Gaines, Forrest McDonald Band, David Vest, Fillmore Slim, Roy Milton, Lucky Peterson, Andy T-Nick Nixon Band, Mannish Boys, and Fred Kaplan.

Thursday, March 5

HOY HOY HOY

RED ROOSTER LOUNGE 137

Cary Wolfson is spinning at the Red Rooster Lounge with great blues sides by Roomful of Blues, Rob Rio, Lonnie Mack with Stevie Ray Vaughan, Mikey Junior, Howell Devine, Joe Louis Walker, Sonny Rhodes, Lavelle White, Artie “Blues Boy” White, Slam Allen, Ray Charles, James Wheeler, Albert King, and Kenny “Blue” Ray.

Friday, March 6

DOIN’ ALRIGHT

BEYOND THE GROOVE YARD 10

George Klein offers another hour of music by Dexter Gordon and fellow American expatriate jazz artists Kenny Drew, Horace Parlan, and their guest Jackie McLean.

ROACHA-CHA BLAKEBEATS

FLY BY NIGHT 95

Steve Fly dips into his wax collection and constructs a hanging garden of jazz drum delights featuring Art Blakey and Max Roach. Featuring songs by Thelonious Monk, Blakey's Jazz Messangers, and Roach, the Fly spins bare back to back rhythms of the Afro-jazz bop persuasion. Special thanks to John Sinclair.

Saturday, March 7

HAVING A PARTY

DIGGIN’ THE ROOTS 10

Tom Morgan is Diggin’ The Roots in Episode 10 for Radio Free Amsterdam featuring tunes from the glorious past and present of African American popular music by Paul Gayten, Sam Cooke, Arthur Alexander, Gene Anderson, Andre Williams, Otis Redding, Brook Benton, Carla Thomas, Otis Clay, Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles, Dorothy Moore, Percy Sledge, and the Sweet Inspirations.

WHAT‘S GOOD FOR THE GOOSE

HIGHWAY 61 BLUES 36

Episode 36 of Highway 61 Blues with Scott Barretta features a long telephone conversation with bluesman Bobby Rush and a fantastic succession of Bobby Rush recordings rarely heard anywhere.

Sunday, March 8

STRAIGHT UP AND DOWN

JAZZ FROM THE HEMPSHOPPER 02

The second episode of Jazz from the Hempshopper with John Sinclair features classic modern jazz recordings by Charlie Parker, Yusef Lateef, Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk, the Detroit Artists Workshop Music Ensemble, John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman, Eric Dolphy, Infinite Sound and the Revolutionary Ensemble “live” at the 1973 Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Festival, the Lyman Woodard Organization, and Sun Ra & His Solar Myth Arkestra with our closing theme.

Sunday, March 8

FOOTSTEPS

JAZZ LUNATIQUE 10

David Kunian is enjoying the Chistmas season and tlhe many December birthdays of artists like Kermit Ruffins, Alex McMurray, Tom Waits, Dave Bartholomew, and Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, adding recordings by

Egg Yolk Jubilee, Sonic Youth, Ernie K-Doe, Royal Fingerbowl, David Bowie, John Lennon & Yoko Ono, Paul Sanchez, and Pearl Jam.

Monday, March 9

WHO KNOWS

JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 591

Episode 591 will be emanating from somewhere in New Orleans or either Baton Rouge or Covington where I’ll be playing with Carlo Ditta the previous weekend, with music from New Orleans and wherever else we might want to make a mental visit.

SOULFUL DRESS

THE SOUL LUCILLE SHOW 10

Lucille DJ is on the air from controradio-fm in the heart of Italy with a killer hour of soul & super heavy funk with tunes by Bill Withers, Lyn Collins, Sir Mack Rice, Fontella Bass, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Joe Simon, Paul Humphrey & His Cool Aid Chemists, Sam Most, Sugar Pie DeSanto, The Dynamics, and The Unemployed.

Tuesday, March 10

TESTIFYIN’

THE BLUES SHOW 170

Bruce Pingree is playing the blues in Episode 170 by Mel Brown, Jimmy Witherspoon, Dinah Washington, Lou Rawls,the Tiny Grimes Orchestra featuring Red Prysock, the Jesse Stone Orchestra, Noble Watts & the Paul Williams Orchestra, King Curtis, Big Jay McNeely, Willis Jackson, and JoAnn Kelly.

Wednesday, March 11

REAL GOOD DEAL

CHICAGO BOUND 34

Leslie Keros is bringing the blues fro Chicago with songs by Robert Jr. Lockwood, Bob Stroger & Kenny “Beady Eyes” Smith, Andrew Odom, Jimmy Burns, Magic Slim, Zora Young, Jim Liban with the Joel Paterson Trio, Pinetop Perkins, Carlos Johnson, Joe Filisko & Eric Noden, Willie Dixon, Willie Kent, and Mighty Joe Young.

IT’S ALL OVER NOW

MESSIN’ WITH THE BLUES 33

Leslie Keros is messin’ with the blues in Episode 33 with great sides by Bobby Womack and the Womack Brothers, the Valentinos, Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin, Johnnie Bassett & the Blues Insurgents, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Sweetman & the South Side Groove Kings, Bob Corritore, Big Joe Turner, Eddie Bo, The Holmes Brothers, and B.B. King.

Thursday, March 12

THE REAL THING

RED ROOSTER LOUNGE 138

Cary Wolfson is spinning at the Red Rooster Lounge with great blues sides by Bo Diddley, D.A. Foster, Hound Dog Taylor, James “Blood” Ulmer, Junior Wells, Two Bones & A Pick, Big Joe Williams, Bobby Rush, Snooks Eaglin, Luther Tucker, Artie “Blues Boy” White, and Gregor Hilden.

Friday, March 13

LEGACIES

BEYOND THE GROOVE YARD 11

George Klein presents a second hour of music honoring some of the great musicians who have moved on during the past year, including pianist Horace Silver, trumpeter/composer Gerald Wilson, Chicago bassist Richard Evans, drummer Al Harewood, percussionist Armando Peraza, New Orleans saxophonist Tim Green and the great engineer & producer Cosimo Matassa.

MINGUS PEPPER SAUCE

FLY BY NIGHT 96

Steve Fly combines cuts from two vinyl albums Pepper Adams Plays The Compositions Of Charles Mingus and Blues And Roots by Charles Mingus.

Saturday, March 14

WATCH IT SPROCKET

DIGGIN’ THE ROOTS 11

Tom Morgan is Diggin’ The Roots in Episode 10 for Radio Free Amsterdam featuring tunes from the glorious past and present of African American popular music by Paul Gayten, Rufus Jagneaux, Cookie & the Cupcakes, Gene King, Lil' Bob & the Lollipops, Bobby Charles, The Uniques, Jimmy Donley, T.K. Hulin, Charles Mann, Tommy McLain, Warren Storm, Clint West, Van Broussard, and Bobby Mitchell.

BRING IT ON HOME TO ME

HIGHWAY 61 BLUES 37

Scott Barretta takes a good long look at the bluesier side of the great Clarksdale singer and producer Sam Cooke on this week’s episode of Highway 61 with a series of “live” recordings featuring Sam in full action.

Sunday, March 15

WATCH OUT!

JAZZ FROM THE HEMPSHOPPER 03

This week’s episode of Jazz from the Hempshopper with John Sinclair explores more modern jazz classics by Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk & John Coltrane, Sun Ra & His Arkestra, Yusef Lateef, CJQ, John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman, the John Coltrane Sextet with Eric Dolphy & Freddie Hubbard, the Count Basie Orchestra, and Brother Jack McDuff & Gene Ammons.

SUCH SWEET THUNDER

JAZZ LUNATIQUE 11

David Kunian is alternating music by Egg Yolk Jubilee, Peter Stampfel, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Stevie Wonder, Allen Toussaint, The Melatons, Nick Curran, Mr. Quintron, and Earl King with conversation with Robert Snow & Pat Ricks of the The Melatons and Deep Cough reporting on the Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam last November.

Monday, March 16

GOTTA GET READY

JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 592

Episode 592 will be coming from an as yet unselected location in New Orleans as we get ready with the Wild Indian Nation for coming out on St. Joseph’s Night all over town.

STAND UP AND BE COUNTED

THE SOUL LUCILLE SHOW 11

Lucille DJ is on the air from controradio-fm in the heart of Italy with a killer hour of soul & super heavy funk with tunes by Grady Tate, The Undisputed Truth, Ghetto Kitty, Ann Sexton, Betty Lavette, Glass House, Dizzy Gillespie, The Bar Kays, The Modulations, and Vernon Garrett.

Tuesday, March 17

TROUBLE BLUES

THE BLUES SHOW 171

Bruce Pingree is playing the blues on vinyl in Episode 171 from the 1979 San Francisco Blues Festival by Roy Brown and Big Mama Thornton, with a cloing cut from Otha Turner & Afrosippi.

Wednesday, March 18

BIG CITY TAKEDOWN

CHICAGO BOUND 35

Leslie Keros is bringing the blues from Chicago with cuts by Robert Jr. Lockwood, Louis Myers, John Primer, Sleepy John Estes, Paul deLay, Eddie Taylor, Hound Dog Taylor, David Maxwell, Jimmy & Syl Johnson, Matt “Guitar” Murphy, Billy Flynn, Paul Butterfield’s Better Days, Johnnie Temple, and Luther Johnson.

COLD WAVE BLUES

MESSIN WITH THE BLUES 34

Leslie Keros is celebrating the music and life of the recently departed Popsy Dixon with songs by his band, the Holmes Brothers, plus spinning a series of cold weather songs by Nina Simone, Barbecue Bob, Johnnie Bassett, Johnny Copeland, T-Bone Walker, Albert Collins, Ray Charles, Bobby “Blue” Bland, and Jimmy Thackery & the Drivers.

Thursday, March 19

STOP BREAKING DOWN

RED ROOSTER LOUNGE 139

Cary Wolfson is spinning at the Red Rooster Lounge with great blues sides by Lavelle White, Mavis Staples, Johnny Copeland, Smokin’ Joe Kubek & B’nois King, Steve Earle & The Dukes, Sean Costello, Paul Butterfield with John Mayall, Lloyd Jones, Junior Wells, Julius Pittman & The Revival, Ruthie Foster, R. A. Foster, and Ronnie Earl.

Friday, March 20

FREEDOM SOUND

BEYOND THE GROOVE YARD 12

George Klein is Beyond The Groove Yard honoring some of the great musicians who have moved on during the past year, including Wayne Henderson & Joe Sample of the Jazz Crusaders, bassist Charlie Haden, John Ore & Frankie Dunlop of the Thelonious Monk Quartet, drummer Idris Muhammad, centagenarian trumpet man Lionel Ferbos, plus the Young Tuxedo Brass Band, Dejan’s Original Olympia Brass Band, and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

SPRINGTIME AND AGAIN AND….

FLY BY NIGHT 97

Steve the Fly takes a capsule full of vinyl discs on a trip around the turntable, pushing Sun Ra-inspired music old and new from The Heliocentric and Melvin Van Peebles, The Art Ensemble of Chicago, Young Jazz Rebels and Madlib, Keith Jarrett, Mark Holder and Sun Ra himself. Yes, Springtime again.

Saturday, March 21

HEP CAT’S HOLIDAY

DIGGIN’ THE ROOTS 12

Tom Morgan is Diggin’ The Roots for Radio Free Amsterdam featuring tunes from the glorious past and present of African American popular music by Paul Gayten, Cab Calloway, The Cats & The Fiddle, Louis Jordan, Harry The Hipster" Gibson, Slim Gaillard, Julia Lee, and Barney Bigard,

LIGHTNING STOMP

HIGHWAY 61 BLUES 38

Highway 61 takes us to Texas with week with a program of music and commentary by the great Lightning Hopkins including an interview segment with Sam Charters and songs by Lightning Hopkins, Lightning & Thunder, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee, and Big Joe Williams.

Sunday, March 22

YOU GOT IT

JAZZ FROM THE HEMPSHOPPER 04

Great modern jazz music from John Sinclair at the Hempshopper on the Singel Canal in Amsterdam with stellar recordings by Charlie Parker, Yusef Lateef, Eric Dolphy, the Miles Davis Quintet, Sonny Rollins, Thelonious Monk, Oliver Nelson, Troy Andrews, Miles Davis & Gil Evans from Porgy & Bess, Charles Mingus, and Sun Ra & His Solar Myth Arkestra.

TURKEY BEAK COMA

JAZZ LUNATIQUE 12

David Kunian is taking care of business in Episode 12 with music by Egg Yolk Jubilee, The Who, Trio, the Memphis Jug Band, the Lost Bayou Ramblers, Andre Williams, Andrew Block with Erica Falls, Nicholas Payton, Flying Lotus, James Booker, and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

Monday, March 23

HOW HIGH YA GET

JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 593

Back in Detroit for Episode 593 and the Cannabis Expo at the Roostertail with music from the Motor City and wherever our minds might want to wander down by the riverside.

COMPARED TO WHAT

THE SOUL LUCILLE SHOW 12

Lucille DJ is on the air from controradio-fm in the heart of Italy with a killer hour of soul & super heavy funk with tunes by Graham Central Station, The 8th Day, Eddie Harris & Les McCann, Billy Preston, Sherri Taylor, Spanky Wilson, Margie Joseph, Mitty Collier, Oscar Brown Jr., Ted Taylor, and Roberta Flack.

Tuesday, March 24

THE CRAZY BLUES

THE BLUES SHOW 172

Bruce Pingree is playing the blues on vinyl in Episode 172 with music from Ed Young & Lonnie Young, the Beale Street Washboard Band, Jabbo Smith, The Alabama Jug Band, Ethel Waters with Lovie Austin, Barbara Dane, Geechie Wiley, Willie Brown, William Harris, Scrapper Blackwell, Henry Sims, Black Bottom McPhail, John Byrd, Kid Bailey, Peg Leg Howell, James Luther Dickinson, Big Walter Horton, and the James Cotton Blues Band.

Wednesday, March 25

BLOWING THE BLUES

CHICAGO BOUND 36

Leslie Keros is blowing in from Chicago with plenty great blues by Lurrie Bell, George Harmonica Smith, Robert Nighthawk, Chris James & Patrick Rynn, Koko Taylor, Junior Wells, Son Seals, Shirley Johnson, Rob Stone, Andrew Tibbs, Luther Allison, Jazz Gillum, Otis Rush, and Johnny Shines.

TWISTED TENDONS

MESSIN’ WITH THE BLUES 35

Leslie Keros spotlights music by the recently departed pianist David Maxwell from his own recordings and on sessions with Steve Freund, Ronnie Earl, Freddie King, and James Cotton, plus cuts by his major influences: Meade Lux Lewis, Pete Johnson & Albert Ammons, Muddy Waters, Otis Spann, and Ray Charles.

Thursday, March 26

CANCEL MY CHECK

RED ROOSTER LOUNGE 140

Cary Wolfson is spinning at the Red Rooster Lounge with great blues sides by Hound Dog Taylor, Luther Allison, Grana Louise, Otis Rush, The Nighthawks, Mac Arnold & Plate Full Of Blues, Charles Brown, Slam Allen, Richard Ray Farrell & the Spanish Band, Guitar Slim, Two Bones & A Pick, and Kenny “Blue” Ray.

Friday, March 27

GOT THE SPIRIT

BEYOND THE GROOVE YARD 13

George Klein is listening to spiritual & gospel jazz in Episode 13 with selections from Maynard Ferguson, Grant Green, David Murray, Fontella Bass, Wycliffe Gordon, Jack McDuff, Milt Jackson & the Oscar Peterson Trio, Donald Byrd, George Adams, Don Pullen, the Ytre Suloens Jass Ensemble with Tricia Boutté, and Jackie McLean.

JAZZ BREAKS SUCKER

FLY BY NIGHT 98

Steve Fly skims the vinyl trenches of his collection for Jazz breaks with a certain swing. Cuts are roasting on rotation and reproduce music by Buddy Rich, Dizzy Gillespie, Parliament, Bunk Johnson, Billy Cobham, David Axelrod, Sun Ra, and The Moonglows. Listen for the breaks in the jazz and the jazz in the breaks.

Saturday, March 28

JIVE

DIGGIN’ THE ROOTS 13

Tom Morgan is Diggin’ The Roots for Radio Free Amsterdam in Episode 13 featuring a program of tunes about jive from the glorious past of African American popular music by Paul Gayten, Cab Calloway, Slim Gaillard, Fats Waller, Stuff Smith, Wingy Manone, Lil Green, Louis Armstrong, Nat “King” Cole, Ivory Joe Hunter with Aurelia, the Harlem Hamfats, Big Al Carson, and James Booker.

ROCKET 88

HIGHWAY 61 BLUES 39

Episode 39 of Highway 61 with Scott Barretta investigates the music of Mississippi native Ike Turner & his Kings of Rhythm, featuring vocalists Jackie Brenston, Johnny O’Neal, Billy “The Kid” Emerson, Dennis Binder, Lonnie “The Cat” Cation, Billy Gales, The Gardenias, Clayton Love, Tommy Hodges, Betty Everett, and the great Otis Rush on a thrilling series of 78s and 45s from Sun, Modern, King, Federal, and Cobra Records.

Sunday, March 29

MOANIN'

JAZZ FROM THE HEMPSHOPPER 05

John Sinclair broadcasting modern jazz from The Hempshopper on the Singel Canal in Amsterdam with classic tunes by Charlie Parker, Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers with Lee Morgan & Bobby Timmons, the Charles Mingus Jazz Workshop with Jackie McLean, Miles Davis Quintet, the Bill Evans Trio, Count Basie & His Orchestra, Charlie Parker with Machito & His Orchestra,Duke Ellington with Charles Mingus & Max Roach, Eric Dolphy, Thelonious Monk & Sonny Rollins, and Sun Ra & His Solar Myth Arkestra.

HERE COME THE GIRLS

JAZZ LUNATIQUE 13

David Kunian is talking with Trixie Minx & Richard Phallus of the Krewe of D’Illusion and playing sides by the Wild Magnolias, Papa Mali, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Ernie K-Doe, Funk Monkey, Flow Tribe, Rebirth Brass Band, Jerry Gibbs, and Stevie Wonder.

Monday, March 30

BASHING THE HASH

JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 594

Episode 594 will find us in Detroit getting ready for the Hash Bash in Ann Arbor on April 4 and for the cannabis-centered festivities in Flint culminating in the 420 Show at a location to be announced.

SUPERCOOL

THE SOUL LUCILLE SHOW 13

Lucille DJ is on the air from controradio-fm in the heart of Italy with a killer hour of soul & super heavy funk with tunes by Tommy Neal, Marion Black, MFSB, The Main Ingredient, Willie Hutch, Joe Bataan, Pat Hunt, Blue Mitchell, and Herbie Mann.

Tuesday, March 31

FIREMAN RING THE BELL

THE BLUES SHOW 173

Bruce Pingree is playing music by R.L. Burnside, Whistlin’ Alex Moore and Angela Strehle in honor of their November birthdays.

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Free The Weed 48
Written by John Sinclair   
Saturday, 21 February 2015 19:08

FREE THE WEED 48

A Column by John Sinclair


Contemplating the 50th anniversary of my joining the marijuana legalization movement in January 1965, it’s sobering to note that the movement’s vivid origins in the beatnik poetry community have been nearly obliterated by the passage of time and the process of NORMLization that took effect in the 1970s.

But the movement began with poets Allen Ginsberg and Ed Sanders and before that, with the writings of Jack Kerouac and the fall 1957 publication of his book On The Road, which introduced the concept of young white people smoking marijuana to the modern era.

I was reminded of this part of our history last month while reading Fug You, the memoirs of Ed Sanders, a pivotal figure in the development of what they call the counter-culture: editor and publisher of Fuck You/A Magazine of the Arts and the Fuck You Press, founder and lead singer of The Fugs, founding member of the Yippies, music coordinator of the Festival of Life at the Chicago Democratic Convention in 1968, and best-selling author of The Family, a chronicle of the evildoings of Charles Manson and his twisted gang of followers.

Ed Sanders says: “By the spring of 1964 I had become active in the movement, just beginning, for the legalization of marijuana. I published a full-page editorial in Fuck You/A Magazine of the Arts (Volume 5, Number 6) calling for legalization of what I called the Ra Herb, ‘A CALL TO ACTION—Stomp Out the Marijuana Laws Forever!’

“The editorial began: “OK, all you motherfuckers. We know that you’re smoking more grass than a prairie fire…Time is NOW for a Total Assault on the Marijuana Laws!...Contacts with newspapers, the mass media, letters and phone campaigns. An intelligent, sensitive campaign to present the facts, the testimonies of legal and medical authorities, and so forth….FORWARD! THIS IS OPERATION GRASS!

“Hemp is the WAY! We demand the ‘holy weed marijuana’

under our own judgement!

When a law is useless

when a law is degrading

when it prohibits

the right to

a gentle healthful pleasure

DISOBEY!

GOD THROUGH CANNABIS!”

The first step of the movement toward legalization was actually taken on August 16, 1964, when a character named Lowell Eggemeier marched into the San Francisco Hall of Justice, fired up a joint and announced that “I am starting a campaign to legalize marijuana smoking, and I wish to be arrested.” He was promptly hauled off to jail for marijuana possession, at that time a serious felony under the narcotics laws.

Eggemeier’s protest attracted the attention of a San Francisco attorney named James R. White III, who filed a petition for a writ of habeas corpus for Eggemeier’s release and organized the original marijuana reform advocacy group, LeMar (Legalize Marijuana), to support Eggemeier’s defense.

White’s petition argued that marijuana’s status as an illegal narcotic was an unconstitutional violation of the 8th Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment and the 14th Amendment’s due process clause. Copies of the petition were mimeographed and sold to help raise funds for Eggemeier’s defense.

I bought a copy of the brief in the fall of 1964 after I was busted for marijuana sales and possession by the Detroit Narcotics Bureau and later based my challenge to Michigan's oppressive marijuana laws on Atty. White’s arguments in the brief. The document reached and inspired fledgling marijuana activists all over the country.

Thus, in the fall of 1964, Ed Sanders testifies, “I talked it over with Allen Ginsberg, and we decided to form the Committee to Legalize Marijuana (New York LeMar) with a guy named Randy Wicker, a gay activist…and we soon organized probably the first demonstrations to legalize grass in American history.”

Staged in Tompkins Square Park on the lower east side of New York City on December 27, 1964, the initial Marihuana March advanced LeMar’s succinct three-point program: (1) Legalize the use of Marihuana (2) Legalize the sale and transport of pot (3) Free all prisoners.

“One project for the Committee to Legalize Marijuana,” Sanders continues, “was the Marijuana Newsletter, which I published at Peace Eye Bookstore. I hand-drew on stencils and typed the two issues of the Marijuana Newsletter, one in January and another in March [1965].

“The Marijuana Newsletter created quite a stir and set in motion various current in the nation for change. It showed that you could publish such a newsletter, and get away with it. It led to people such as d.a. levy in Cleveland and John Sinclair in Detroit publishing their own calls for legalization.”

d.a. levy’s advocacy of legalization and publication of the Marrawanna Review and Buddhist Third-Class Junkmail Oracle in Cleveland resulted in police harassment so intense that levy took his own life.

In my case in Detroit I suffered two arrests for marijuana offenses, served six months in the Detroit House of Correction in 1966 and a total of five years’ probation, took a third arrest in January 1967 and mounted a legal challenge to Michigan’s draconian marijuana laws—10 years for possession, 20 years to life in prison for selling or dispensing the weed—that took five years (including another 29 months in prison) before I emerged victorious in the Michigan Supreme Court in March of 1972.

My own efforts to promote legalization in Michigan attracted the attention of a young man in Buffalo, NY named Mike Aldrich, recently returned from a stay in India and studying for his Ph.D. at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Now Michael R. Aldrich, Ph.D., he is the author of the first doctoral dissertation on cannabis in the United States, “Marijuana Myths and Folklore” (1970).

Aldrich took up the cause of LEMAR and began publishing the Marijuana Review (1968-1973), the first nationally-circulated marijuana magazine, carrying on in direct succession the work begun by Ed Sanders and Allen Ginsberg. A couple of years later writer, editor and director of the Underground Press Syndicate, Tom Forcade would take the stakes a little higher with the establishment of High Times magazine, now about to celebrate its 40th anniversary as the world’s leading cannabis publication.

But it was 10 years earlier, in 1965, that the movement began to coalesce, and the popularity of weed began to crest in 1967 after Allen Ginsberg had turned Bob Dylan on to weed and Bob in turn introduced the sacrament to the Beatles, who put it to work at once in works like Rubber Soul and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band that reached millions and millions of people around the world.

After completing his doctorate Mike Aldrich settled in San Francisco, where he published the Marijuana Review and co-founded Amorphia, The Cannabis Cooperative, active between 1969 and 1973. When I got out of prison I was named to the Board of Directors of Amorphia and helped organize the California Marijuana Initiative, the first-ever ballot initiative to legalize marijuana. Although the CMI failed, it did much better than expected, prompting the California legislature to decriminalize marijuana possession in 1975.

In Ann Arbor the progressive community elected two representatives to the City Council and successfully passed a city ordinance establishing a $5.00 fine as punishment for any and all marijuana offenses in the city. Soon East Lansing and Ypsilanti passed the same sort of ordinance and Michigan was leading the nation with its decriminalization efforts.

I went to California in the summer of 1972 to campaign for Proposition 19 along with a young lawyer from our nation’s capitol named Keith Stroup, who was just beginning to organize a decriminalization movement called The National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). Before long Amorphia would merge with NORML, but NORML’s conservative approach to legalization resulted in a freeze in progress until California legalized medical marijuana 20 years later.

Another 20 years have since passed with a lot more progress, and now we’re finally on the verge of reaching our goal: FREE THE WEED!

—Amsterdam

February 8 >

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February 14-15, 2015

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