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John Sinclair TV
Radio Free Amsterdam
BLUES, JAZZ & REEFER | KEEPING THE MUSIC ALIVE
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Thursday, 09 February 2006 13:13
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Sinclair is a legendary figure on the spoken word circuit....a patriarch of hipster culture. --Catherine Salmons, Boston Phoenix

Just when I thought it couldn't get any better, John Sinclair walks onstage, accompanied by bluesman Mike Henderson. His whole body seems like it wants to fly right up to the ceiling, he's straining so hard against the words. The place falls apart.... The combination is so intense that it threatens to break the building down. --Dean Kuipers, Playboy


A true master....spellbinding....truly paints pictures....Sinclair's poetry is powerful, his delivery is masterful, the music played to perfection. --Tom Hall, Portsmouth Herald (NH)

My favorite blues fusion...comes from John Sinclair, reading his blues and jazz-inspired verse while musicians swirl riffs and solos around him....Sinclair's stories came alive in startling, syncopated images fueled by the music, powerful stories of Rice Miller and Muddy Waters and Robert Johnson and the train called the Pea Vine Special.... --Leland Rucker, Blues Access

Sinclair Leads an Evening of Righteous R&B Revival....A pivotal figure at the nexus of rock 'n 'roll and radical politics....he assumed the role of fiery Evangelist as he led his band, the Blues Scholars, through a night of R&B verse.... The results were as righteous and rousing as ever. --Chuck Crisafulli, Los Angeles Times

John Sinclair is breathing new life into the art form with the help of his band, the Blues Scholars....a theatrical experience.... His characters and their stories come alive through his words and music as well as his dynamic and down-to-earth style. --Geraldine Wyckoff, Gambit

Poetry In Motion....When John Sinclair looked out into the audience for his performance at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival earlier this year, he saw something few poets have ever seen: people dancing to his poetry. --Ben Edmonds, San Francisco Chronicle

"One of the poets who resurrected the Beat era notion of reading to jazz or blues accompaniment....Sinclair continues to fuse his rough-edged visions of a better world with odes to the glory of the jazz and blues heritage. --David Whiteis, Chicago Reader

With his band, the Blues Scholars, Sinclair is bringing the word to America and the word is this: Music is king. Music soothes the soul. Music is the way to the truth and the light.... It's vintage Beat stuff. --Chris Rose, New Orleans Times-Picayune

Sinclair has been performing his Beat-influenced verse to musical accompaniment since 1964, and now he's found the backing cast to bring his message screaming out of the underground....For spoken word fans, Sinclair deserves to be hailed, ironically, as a new guru. --Scott Jordan, OffBeat

John Sinclair makes his triumphant return to the poetry performance wars with [Full Moon Night]....poetic homages to the jazz and blues giants to whose rhythms all his poems are ultimately written. --Ben Edmonds, Detroit Blues

The Blues Scholars play blazing choruses while Sinclair recites his homages to John Coltrane, Elvin Jones and Muddy Waters.... Poetry you can dance to. --Elijah Wald

Last of the Beatnik Warrior Poets...the classic rock 'n 'roll polymath--DJ, critic, poet, entrepreneur, and brilliant musicologist.... Sinclair's work has always been rooted in his first love for jazz & blues. --Mick Farren, Los Angeles Reader

Last of the Beatnik Warrior Poets...the classic rock 'n 'roll polymath--DJ, critic, poet, entrepreneur, and brilliant musicologist.... Sinclair's work has always been rooted in his first love for jazz & blues. --Mick Farren, Los Angeles Reader

 
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