From noon-1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4, 2013, Sinclair will perform live with His Blues Scholars in Kochoff Hall A, inside the UM-D University Center (UC); later, from 3-4:40 p.m., Sinclair will deliver a talk entitled “Kicking Out the Jams,” in Room 1030 of the CASL Building (CB). The University of Michigan – Dearborn campus is located at 4901 Evergreen Road in Dearborn. View a campus map at http://www.umd.umich.edu/fileadmin/template/businessaffairs/files/Facilities_Planning/Revised_Campus_Map.pdf.
Author, poet and activist John Sinclair (born October 2, 1941, in Flint, Michigan) mutated from small-town rock’n’roll fanatic and teenage disc jockey to cultural revolutionary, pioneer of marijuana activism, radical leader and political prisoner by the end of the 1960s.
In 1966-67 the jazz poet, downbeat correspondent, founder of the Detroit Artists Workshop and underground journalist joined the front ranks of the hippie revolution, managing the “avant-rock” band MC5 and organizing countless free concerts in parks, White Panther rallies and radical benefits. Working closely with lead singer and songwriter Rob Tyner and the members of the band, Sinclair brought the MC5 to local fame, national attention and a contract with Elektra Records.