It’s been 40 years since “they gave him ten for two” and John Sinclair hit the national spotlight as the poster boy for the turbulent generational rift between Nixon era government and rock n’ roll rebellion. To mark the 40th anniversary of the legendary 1971 John Sinclair Freedom Rally at Crisler Arena the Ann Arbor District Library is launching a Freeing John Sinclair website on December 9, the eve of the anniversary, and presenting a series of events to commend the occasion. As a part of the celebration on the 9th, there will be a special concert at The Ark by the Commander Cody Band with a guest appearance by John Sinclair & Beatnik Youth. The concert starts at 8pm and is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more Freeing John Sinclair events check www.aadl.org in the weeks to come for updates.
The beautiful thing about the kinds of songs that Tanager make are how layered they are… These are guitars that envelop you, drums that pull you, melodic phrases that levitate you (and no, I’m not on drugs as I write this)… Those ethereal traits have always distinguished a Tanager song, a hybrid of coarse distortion
It is heartrending to see that message, reverberated through the past and into the present. Cynics may be tempted to ask, “Have we really made any progress?”. Yet, above the calls of protest and activism, the gallery is also filled with silence, waiting for the viewer’s response to the question, “Will you change it?”
Flint’s story is essential to the film because it illustrates the power of greed and why corporate money has no place in government. Macroeconomics 101 tells us that corporations are beholden to one thing—their stockholders. Humans do not enter into this equation. How can you have a democracy for the people when corporate money runs the government? You can’t.
Following Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, a prodigious doctor whose ecstasy over medicine overshadowed his regard for those closest to him, and his striving younger brother W.K., who toiled unappreciated under his brother before setting off on his own to great fame and success.