John Sinclair (1941-2024)

John Sinclair,  Detroit,  December 26, 2018 – photo Janfu Han

Sad news to impart today, our friend, John Sinclair, legendary poet, music aficionado, marijuana aficionado, counter-culture hero, political activist, and more, died this morning at Detroit Receiving Hospital of congestive heart failure, following an illness. He was 82.

See notable postings on John on The Allen Ginsberg Project – here,  here, here and here 

Obituary notices in the local press:

Bill McGraw in the Detroit Free Press
(also from The Detroit Free Press – see here and here)
Detroit Public Radio – here
Melody Baetens in The Detroit News
Lee Devito in the Detroit Metro Times
Allan Lengel in Deadline Detroit 

Mike Householder for the AP wire service 

A.D.Amorosi for Variety
Gary Graff for Billboard
Althea Legasby in Rolling Stone

Benjamin Adams in High Times

Matt Friedlander in American Songwriter

Michael Rosenwald’s obituary in the New York Times 

Early days – This is just a sprinkling.  As the news leaks out there’ll surely be many many more


Here‘s (from last July) John, honored by the Detroit Historical Museum, “leaving his mark on history”

Here’s (from back in 1971, Allen’s “Prayer For John Sinclair”:

(this track, incidentally, amongst many others, is included on the recently-released Material Wealth  CD)

Rest in peace and power, Big Chief!

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