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The Memorial For John Sinclair will take place on tuesday 9th April (13.00 EDT)

“we are grateful for the gatherings of people who are able to watch remotely, due to the generosity of Richard Blondy, Eli Neiburger of the The Ann Arbor District Public Library (AADPL), and Eddie Saint Aubin and Steve Soviak at the Ralston Project.”

“Look on each act as future history”
— John Sinclair

The mission of the John Sinclair Foundation is to support the artistic and cultural projects of John Sinclair presently and in perpetuity, to insure the preservation and proper presentation of his creative works, to preserve them for posterity, and to make them available to the public in perpetuity. In the course of my long and productive life as a poet, writer, editor, performer, bandleader, broadcaster, cultural and political activist, artists’ manager, and record, concert and broadcast producer I have a created a massive body of work that spans many genres and decades and exists now only in widely scattered form.


For more than 50 years John Sinclair has cut a wide swath as a prolific cultural worker, an innovative poet who sets his verse to music from the blues and jazz tradition, a dynamic performer and bandleader who has collaborated with scores of outstanding musicians in performance and recording, a leading music journalist and writer of album liner notes, acclaimed editor, an award-winning radio broadcaster and record producer, an iconoclastic educator and lecturer, a passionate crusader against the War in Vietnam and the War on Drugs, and a living testimonial to the power of people to make fundamental changes in the conditions of their lives and the world around them.

Sinclair founded and directed the Detroit Artists Workshop, managed the MC-5, formed and chaired the White Panther Party, produced the Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Festivals, directed the Detroit Jazz Center, taught Blues History at Wayne State University, edited City Arts Quarterly for the Detroit Council of the Arts, produced Piano Night at Tipitina’s for the Professor Longhair Foundation and the “live” broadcast of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival for WWOZ-FM. He spent three years in prison for marijuana offenses, overthrew the Michigan marijuana laws, helped institute Ann Arbor’s historic $5 fine for possession of weed, founded the Ann Arbor Hash Bash and served as High Priest of the Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam.

Sinclair has collaborated with a brilliant array of contemporary musicians, from saxophone giants Archie Shepp, Marion Brown, Daniel Carter and Earl Turbinton to hornmen David Amram, Michael Ray, Charles Moore, James Andrews, Dave McMurray and Kermit Ruffins, guitarists Wayne Kramer, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Willie King, Jim McCarty and Jeff “Baby” Grand, and West African griots Bala Tounkare and Guelel Kuumba. Sinclair has released more than 25 CDs, including several with his band of Blues Scholars, and his recent books include It’s All Good—A John Sinclair Reader, Song of Praise: Homage to John Coltrane, Sun Ra Interviews & Essays (editor), a book of blues verse called Fattening Frogs For Snakes, and i mean you: a book for penny.

–John Sinclair. JSF: Mission Statement.

John Sinclair Lights UP.