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IT'S ALL GOOD: A JOHN SINCLAIR READER E-mail
John Sinclair Books

It's All Good: A John Sinclair ReaderJohn Sinclair has been many things to many people—founder of the Detroit Artists Workshop and the White Panther Party, manager of the storied MC-5, producer of the legendary Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Festivals and of records by artists from Deacon John to Sun Ra, political prisoner and implacable opponent of the marijuana laws since 1965, popular radio broadcaster at WDET and WWOZ and originator of the live coverage of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, pioneer of podcasting and proprietor of his own internet radio station at www.RadioFreeAmsterdam.com for the past ten years.

But first and always John Sinclair is a poet and journalist with 50 years of the written and spoken word behind him. His work in adapting the blues and jazz idioms to verse forms with musical accompaniment is without parallel, and he’s produced more than 20 albums of his music & verse creations.

IT’S ALL GOOD collects 25 of Sinclair’s poems and 25 prose writings into one handy compendium of selections from his books of poetry Fattening Frogs For Snakes—Delta Blues Suite, always know: a book of monk, and Song of Praise—Homage to John Coltrane, plus excerpts from his underground classic Guitar Army and features on Jack Kerouac, Dr. John, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Sun Ra, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Irma Thomas, and the Wild Indians of Mardi Gras.

IT’S ALL GOOD is accompanied by a free album download of Sinclair’s poetry & music collaborations corresponding to the poems in the book and featuring accompaniment by Wayne Kramer, Jeff Grand, Mark Ritsema, Charles Moore, Lyman Woodard ,Tom Worrell, Afrissippi , Ed Moss & the Society Jazz Orchestra and others.

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SONG OF PRAISE: HOMAGE TO JOHN COLTRANE E-mail
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Songs Of Praise - John SinclairPoetry. Literary Nonfiction. Music. John Sinclair pays poetic tribute to jazz musician John Coltrane in a collection of Sinclair's poems along with jazz album reviews and concert reviews from the 60s as well as edited and refined earlier works spanning decades of Sinclair meditating and reflecting on the influence of Coltrane and his music. As stated in the afterword by poet Dennis Formento, this collection reveals Sinclair to be in the lineage of the great Beat poets who were moved by the culture and the influence of Jazz in the 60s. "John Sinclair's writing about 'The Music' has always been well informed and inspiring, from his early Detroit-hip days. So it's important to gather this writing to show where he and we have been, and the great period of American Classical Music we lived through and particularly the marvelous revelation that John Coltrane provided everybody who could hear"—Amiri Baraka.

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IT'S ALL GOOD: A JOHN SINCLAIR READER (2008) E-mail
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its-all-good-john-sinclair-readerHeadPress, London, 2008

IT'S ALL GOOD is a collection of the writing, reviews and interviews of John Sinclair, spanning forty years and personally selected by the author. The music, people and topics include: Detroit in the 1960s, and the author as manager of the MC5; John Lennon; Sun Ra; Jack Kerouac; Dr John; Iggy Pop; North Mississippi Hill Country Blues and the secret history of the Blues; Bandleader Walter "Wolfman" Washington; Irma Thomas, the Soul Queen of New Orleans; The Art Ensemble of Chicago; The White Buffalo Prophesy; The Mardi Gras Indians of New Orleans; Bob Rudnick, the Righteous One; Johnnie Bassett, Cadillac Bluesman from the Motor City.

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MEDITATIONS: A SUITE FOR JOHN COLTRANE E-mail
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meditations-no-imageFacsimile edition of Artists Workshop Press 1967 from BookBeat, 2007

 
GUITAR ARMY (Original) E-mail
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guiter-army-originalOriginal 1972 Edition from Douglas Books

Guitar Army was our manual for revolt. It’s a rainbow-colored Howl, still resonating today with the singular value of idealism.”—Michael Simmons

John Sinclair, manager of the notorious Detroit band MC5 and leader of the leftist revolutionary vanguard White Panther Party, is the still-charging embodiment of a dazzlingly optimistic time in which change felt necessary and possible.

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GUITAR ARMY (Second Edition) E-mail
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guitar-army-second-edition35th Anniversary Edition from Feral House/Process Books, 2007

Guitar Army was our manual for revolt. It’s a rainbow-colored Howl, still resonating today with the singular value of idealism.”—Michael Simmons

John Sinclair, manager of the notorious Detroit band MC5 and leader of the leftist revolutionary vanguard White Panther Party, is the still-charging embodiment of a dazzlingly optimistic time in which change felt necessary and possible.

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GUITAR ARMY (ITALIAN) E-mail
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guitar-army-second-edition-italianItalian Translation from Stampa Alternativa, 2007

 
VA TUTTO BENE (IT'S ALL GOOD) E-mail
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va-tutto-beneItalian Translation from Stampa Alternativa, 2006
 
THIS IS OUR MUSIC E-mail
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This Is Our MusicFacsimile edition of Artists Workshop Press 1965 from BookBeat, 2005

 
PEYOTE MIND E-mail
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peyote-mindPsychedelic Report & Poetry 1963 from BookBeat, 2003
 
I MEAN YOU — a book for penny E-mail
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I Mean You - a book for pennyselections from always know: a book of monk (out of print)

 
FATTENING FROGS FOR SNAKES: DELTA SOUND SUITE E-mail
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fattening-frogs-for-snakesSurregional Press, 2002

[...] Much of Fattening Frogs is told in the words of the bluesmen themselves: Robert Lockwood Junior, Sunnyland Slim, Johnny Shines, Mississippi Fred McDowell. At first glance, you could be forgiven for thinking, "gee, there’s not really any poetry here at all, just a bunch of quotes strung together." Then you think about trying to do what Sinclair has done, making it seem as though McDowell were standing right in front of you explaining how it was, and you realize the extent of the accomplishment. It’s a strong writer who can get himself that far out of the material’s way.

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FULL MOON NIGHT E-mail
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FULL MOON NIGHTHomage to John Coltrane with an introduction by Dennis Formento (out of print)

 


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