John Sinclair – Timeline


Artists’ Manager, MC-5

Producer, MC-5, “Looking At You”/”Borderline”, A-Square Records 45

Author, Meditations: A Suite For John Coltrane, Artists Workshop Press

Talent Consultant, Grande Ballroom, Detroit

President, Trans-Love Energies, Inc., Detroit > Ann Arbor

Daughter: Marion Sunny Sinclair, born May 4, 1967

Editor & Publisher, Ann Arbor Sun newspaper

Founder & Talent Coordinator, Free Concerts in the Parks

Columnist, San Francisco Oracle

Columnist, Ann Arbor Argus

Director, Free University of Ann Arbor

Founder, Minister of Information, Chairman, White Panther Party

Director, MC5, Kick Out The Jams promotional film, Elektra Records

Contributor, Dudley Randall & Margaret G. Burroughs, Editors, For Malcolm X, Broadside Press


Convicted of Marijuana Possession, Detroit Recorders Court

Prisoner, Marquette Branch Prison, July 1969-September 1970

Daughter: Celia Sanchez Mao Sinclair, born January 17, 1970

Defendant, U.S. District Court, Detroit, Conspiracy to Damage Government Property: Ann Arbor CIA office

Prisoner, State Prison of Southern Michigan at Jackson, September 1970-December 1971

Author (with Robert Levin), Music & Politics, Jazz & Pop/World Books

Author, “The Alternative Press”, Alternative Press Broadside

Contributing Writer, Creem, Coda, Jazz & Pop, Ann Arbor Sun

Contributor, The Dial-A-Poem Poets, Giorno Poetry Systems LP

Film, Breathing Together: Electric Conspiracy by Morley Markson

Contributor, Clarence Major, Editor, The New Black Poetry

Contributor, Walter Lowenfels, Editor, The Writing On The Wall


Author, Guitar Army: Street Writings/Prison Writings (Douglas/World Books)

Chairman, Rainbow Peoples Party, Ann Arbor

V-P/Creative Director, Rainbow Multi-Media Corporation, Ann Arbor

Artists’ Manager, Mitch Ryder, Detroit, The Rockets, Guardian Angel

Board Member, Amorphia: The Cannabis Cooperative

Film, Ten For Two: The John Sinclair Freedom Rallyby Steve Gebhardt

Organizer, Ann Arbor Human Rights Party

Founder & Director, Michigan Committee for Prisoners Rights

Lecturer, Community Control of Prisons, University of Michigan

Producer & Host, Toke Time, WNRZ-FM, Detroit

Talent Coordinator, Ann Arbor Community Parks Program

Founder & Talent Coordinator, People’s Ballroom, Ann Arbor

Founder, Ann Arbor Tribal Council

Coordinator, Michigan Marijuana Initiative

Contributor, Thomas King Forcade, Editor, Underground Press Anthology

Contributor, David Horowitz, Michael P. Lerner & Craig Pyes, Editors, Counterculture & Revolution, Random House

Contributor, Cynthia Owen Philip, Editor, Imprisoned In America— Prison Communications:1776 To Attica, Harper & Row

Creative Director & Co-Producer, Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Festivals


Arts Editor, Editor-In-Chief, Detroit Sun Newspaper

President, Rainbow Productions, Inc., Detroit

Creative Director/Talent Coordinator, Rainbow Room, Shelby Hotel

V-P/Creative Director, Strata Records, Inc., Detroit

Producer & Host, Ancestor Worship, WCBN-FM, Ann Arbor

Change of Name: Omowale John Sinclair, U.S. District Court, Detroit


President, Strata Associates, Inc., Detroit

Executive Director, Allied Artists Association, Detroit

Producer & Host, RE: Visions—Another Look At Modern Music, WCBN-FM

Concert Producer, Orchestra Hall/The Paradise Theatre

Producer/Project Director, Detroit Jazz Artists on Tour

Director, Motor City Blues at the 1973 Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Festival, Video Documentary

Director, CJQ at the 1973 Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Festival, Video Documentary

Michigan Director, National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws

Expansion Arts Panelist, National Endowment for the Arts


Executive Director, Jazz Research Institute, Detroit

Concert Producer, World Stage & Jazz Gallery, Detroit Jazz Center

Talent Coordinator, Cobb’s Corner Bar, Club Con Brio, Concerts by the River

Producer & Host, The Sound of Detroit, WCBN-FM

Contributor, Glen Mannisto, Dennis Teichman & Jim Wanless, Editors, 48222: A Detroit Book of Poetry, Detroit River Press


Artists’ Manager, The Urbations, Celluloid Records

Concert Producer, St. Andrews Hall, Detroit

Booking Agent/Talent Coordinator, M/S/A, Detroit

Talent Coordinator, B’Stilla, Red Carpet, Kicks (Detroit), Mr. Christians (Royal Oak), Sully’s (Dearborn), Blue Frogge (Ann Arbor)

Contributing Writer, Detroit Metro Times, Detroit News, Detroit Free Press

Poet/Performer, John Sinclair & His Blues Scholars

Author, thelonious: a book of monk—volume one (privately published)

Author, “rhythm-a-ning”, Maximus & Company Broadside

Author, “I Can’t Be Satisfied”, Alternative Press Broadside

Lawrence Goldstein, Editor, Detroit: An American City, University of Michigan Quarterly Review


Author, We Just Change The Beat: Selected Poems, Ridgway Press

Cassette, We Just Change The Beat with the Blues Scholars, M/S/A

Poetry Series Producer (with Bob Rudnick), Union Street, Detroit

Editor, City Arts Quarterly, Detroit Council of the Arts

Director, City Arts Gallery, Detroit Council of the Arts

Adjunct Professor of Music History, Wayne State University, History of Rock & Roll, Blues History

Producer & Host, Blue Sensations, WDET-FM, Detroit, MI

Poet/Performer, John Sinclair & His Blues Scholars

Contribuutor, WavelengthOffBeat, New Orleans

Divorced from Magdalene (Leni) Sinclair, 1988

Married Patricia Brown, January 1, 1989

Contributor, Sherry Hendrick, Editor, Detroit 1989 (privately printed)

Author, “fly right”—a monk suite (privately printed)

Contributor, Ron Allen & Stella Crews, Editors, HIPology, Broadside Press

Contributor, Sascha Feinstein & Yusef Komunyakaa, Editors, The Jazz Poetry Anthology, Indiana University Press

Contributor, Playboy’s History of Jazz & Rock

Film, Growing Up In America by Morley Markson

Recording, fly right—a monk suite with Ed Moss (unissued)


Creative Director/Producer, Big Chief Productions, New Orleans, LA

Poet/Performer, John Sinclair & His Blues Scholars

Senior Producer, WWOZ-FM, New Orleans

Producer & Host, Blues & Roots and The New Orleans Music Show, WWOZ-FM

Producer & Host, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival “Live” Broadcast, WWOZ-FM

Writer & Music Programmer, “Crescent City Sounds,” WGBH Radio

Writer & Producer, “Mardi Gras Special with Dr. John,” WWOZ-FM

Writer & Producer, “The Sounds of New Orleans,” WWOZ-FM

Silver Reel Award, National Federation of Community Broadcasters, Mardi Gras Indian Music Special, WWOZ-FM

Board Member & Historian, Professor Longhair Foundation

Cassette, Beyond Humidity, Mesechabe magazine compilation

Contributor, David Meltzer, Editor, Reading Jazz

Contributor, P-Funk Guitar Army (produced by George Clinton),

Blues Interactions Records compilation

Contributor, Smokin’! The Sounds of New Orleans, Volume 2 with Marion Brown,

WWOZ compilation

Co-producer (with Jerry Brock), Piano Night at Tipitina’s

Producer, Piano Night at Tipitina’s , Volumes 1 & 2 I, Overture Records

Feature Writer & Columnist, OffBeat Magazine, New Orleans

Contributing Writer, New Orleans Times-Picayune, Gambit Weekly, Mesechabe. Boston Phoenix, Living Blues, High Times, AllMusic , Guide, Addicted To Noise, Signal To Noise, Perfect Sound Forever, Arthur, Big City Blues, Addicted To Noise, Heartland Journal, Woodstock Times, Hour Detroit Producer, Alabama Jubilee Broadcast, WVAS-FM, Montgomery AL.

CD, Full Moon Night with the Blues Scholars, Total Energy/Alive Records

10” LP, Friday the 13th with Wayne Kramer, Alive Records

CD, thelonious: a book of monk—volume one, New Alliance Records

CD, If I Could Be With You with Ed Moss & the Society Jazz Orchestra, Schoolkids Records

CD, Full Circle with Wayne Kramer & the Blues Scholars, Alive Records

Producer, WWOZ on CD: The Sounds of New Orleans, Volume 1

Producer, WWOZ on CD: The Sounds of New Orleans, Volume 2

Producer, WWOZ on CD: The Sounds of New Orleans, Volume 3

Producer, Alabama Jubilee—Music from the Jubilee CityFest, WVAS Radio

Producer, MC-5, Power Trip, Total Energy/Alive Records

Producer, MC-5, Ice Pick Slim, Total Energy/Alive Records

Producer, MC-5, Teen Age Lust, Total Energy/Alive Records

Producer, MC-5, Starship, Total Energy/Alive Records

Producer, MC-5, American Ruse, Total Energy/Alive Records

Producer, MC-5, Human Being Lawnmower, Total Energy/Alive Records

Producer, MC-5, Looking At You, Total Energy/Alive Records

Producer, The Up, Killer Up, Total Energy/Alive Records

Producer, The Rationals, Temptation’s ‘Bout To Get Me, Total Energy/ Alive Records

Producer, Mitch Ryder & Detroit, Get Out The Vote, Total Energy/ Alive Records

Producer, Little Sonny, Blues With A Feeling, Schoolkids Records

Producer, Please Mr. Foreman: Motor City BluesSchoolkids Records

Producer, Roosevelt Sykes/Victoria Spivey, Grind It!, Schoolkids Records

Producer, Big Walter Horton/Original King Biscuit Boys, Well All Right!, Schoolkids Records

Producer, Sun Ra & His Arkestra, Life Is Splendid, Total Energy/ Alive Records

Producer, Sun Ra & His Arkestra, Outer Space Employment Agency, Total Energy Records/Alive Records

Producer, Sun Ra & Arkestra, It Is Forbidden, Total Energy/Alive Records

Producer, Ann Arbor Boogie, Blues Interactions Records compilation

Producer, Deacon John, Live at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 1994, RedBone Records

Liner notes for BlackTop Records, EMI, CBS/Legacy, Rounder Records, Orleans Records, Sound of New Orleans Records, Alive Records, Schoolkids Records, Overture Records and others

Author, Full Circle, minimal press

Film, Slam! by Mark Levin & Richard Stratton

Contributor, Urban Roots, Cutting Edge Compilation CD

Contributor, Motor City’s Burning, Alive Records Compilation CD

Contributor, Jas Mathus & the Knockdown Society, Songs For Rosetta

Contributor, Jazz: The Language of New Orleans, Volume 1,

Louisiana Red Hot Records Compilation CD

Contributor, What It Sounds LikeMesechabe Cassette Compilation

High Priest, Cannabis Cup 1998. Amsterdam

Composer-Performer, Viper Madness Suite with the Blues Scholars featuring James Andrews, Milkweg, Amsterdam

European Tour: Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Den Haag, Utrecht, Basel, Berlin

Panelist/Performer, I Rip You You Rip Me, Rotterdam Museum of Art

CD, It’s All Good with Fluxedo Junction, Fluxedo Records

Film, High Times Cannabis Cup 1998 by Steven Hager

Poet/Performer, Collaborations with Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Johnny Vidacovich, Earl Turbinton, James Andrews, Kidd Jordan, Carlo Ditta, Rockin’ Jake, Coco Robicheaux, Andre Wiliams, New Orleans Juice, North Mississippi All Stars, Archie Shepp, Ed Sanders, Bala Tounkare, David Amram, Wayne Kramer, Charles Moore, Daniel Carter, Dee Pop, Calvin Weston, Elliott Levin, Ed Moss & the Society Jazz Orchestra, Jimmie Lee Robinson, James Montgomery, Devil Gods, T.J. Wheeler & The Smokers, Johnnie Bassett & the Blues Insurgents, Bennie Smith, Steve Mackay, Black Mike Henderson, Howling Diablos, Jeff “Baby” Grand, Mick Vranich, Mark Ritsema, Michael Ray & the Cosmic Krewe, Marion Brown, Corey Harris, Eluard Burt, Tim Green, Kermit Ruffins, Willie King, James McCarty, Phil Hale, Thornetta Davis, Lyman Woodard, Harmonica Shah, Kudzu Kings, Afrosippi and others

CD, Steady Rollin’ Man with the Boston Blues Scholars, TriPup Records

CD, Underground Issues, SpyBoy Records

CD, White Buffalo Prayer with the Blues Scholars featuring Wayne Kramer, SpyBoy Records

Managing Editor, Blues Access Magazine

Best of the Beat Award, “Best Radio Personality,” OffBeat, 1998-1999.


Instructor, “Poetry of the Blues,” Common Ground on the Hill, McDaniel College, Westminster MD

Instructor, “Poetry of the Blues,” New Orleans School of the Imagination

Writer & Producer, Roots Music Gathering, Music Business Institute

Contributor, Bill Milkowski, Rockers, Jazzbos & Visionaries

Contributor, Kudzu Kings, Y 2 Cow CD

Contributor, Cruisin’ Songs from the Motor City with the Blues Scholars, Harmonie Park Records CD Compilation

Contributor, Welcome to Little Milton, Malaco Records CD

Contributor, Music Is Revolution, The End Is Here CD Compilation

Featured Speaker, White Buffalo Day (St. John Coltrane Church, San Francisco), MassCann Freedom Rally (Boston Common), WHEE—World Hemp Expo Extravaganja, (Eugene OR), Martin Luther King 2000 Symposium (University of Michigan), Hash Bash (Ann Arbor), Phil Ochs Memorial (Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland), Human Rights Festival (Athens GA), SXSW (Austin TX), Tennessee Williams Festival (Le Petite Theatre, New Orleans), Bluesstock (Memphis)

Festival appearances, MassCann (Boston), Sunflower Blues Festival (Clarksdale, MS), North Beach Jazz Festival (San Francisco), New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Kansas City Blues & Jazz Festival, Baton Rouge Blues Festival, Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Festival, Crossing Borders Festival (Amsterdam), Cannabis Cup (Amsterdam), Music of the World Festival (Basel), Lowell Celebrates Kerouac (Lowell MA), Berkshire Mountain Music Festival, RiverFest (Manchester NH), Portsmouth Blues Festival, American Music Festival (Westminster MD), Greektown Festival (Detroit), Rainbow Farm Hemp Festival (Niles MI), Chicago Blues Festival, Toledo Blues Festival, Bumbershoot Festival (Seattle), Washington Square Park Jazz Festival (San Francisco), Detroit International Jazz Festival, White Buffalo Day (New Orleans), Bluestock (Memphis), Heatstock (North Branch MI), Human Rights Festival (Athens GA), Insomniac-A-Thon (Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans), Double Decker Festival (Oxford MS)

Film, Happy Here & Now by Michael Almagordo

Member, Screen Actors Guild

Film, Zombie vs. Mardi Gras by Karl DeMolay, Will Frank & Mike Lyddon

Contributor, Legs McNeil & Gillian McCain, Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk

Contributor, BluesHound Guide to the Blues

Author, PeyoteMind, The End Is Here Press

CD, PeyoteMind with Mystery Island, The End Is Here Records

Author, Fattening Frogs For Snakes: Delta Sound Suite, Surregional Press

CD, Fattening Frogs For Snakes, Volume 1: The Delta Sound with the Blues Scholars, Okra-Tone/Rooster Blues Records

Artist in Residence, Wesleyan University, University of Illinois

Contributor. The Brakemen CD

Contributor Live on Frenchmen Street CD with the New Orleans Jazz Vipers

Film, Funky New Orleans by Jean-Francois Bizot

Author, “the Screamers” New Orleans School of the Imagination Broadside, Author, “rhythm-a-ning,” Surregional Press Broadside

CD, KnockOut with Langfrans & Baas B, D-Men Records

Film, MC5: A True Testimonial by David Thomas & Laurel Legler


Poet in Residence, 420 Café, Amsterdam

Producer & Host, The John Sinclair Radio Show, Amsterdam

Founder & Program Director,

Columnist, “On The Road,” Little Rock Free Press

Contributor, Encyclopedia of the Blues

Columnist, “Blues & Roots,” [An] Honest Tune

Poet in Residence, The Dolphins coffeeshop, Amsterdam

CD, No Money Down: Greatest Hits, Volume 1, Big Chief Records

Film, U.S. vs. John Lennon by David Leaf & John Scheinfeld

Film, Punk/attitude by Don Letts

Author, “i mean you”—a book for penny, palOmine press

MC/Performer, Davison Blues Festival, Davison MI

Poet/Performer, Detroit International Jazz Festival with the Blues Scholars

Poet/Performer, ArthurFest, Los Angeles

Poet/Performer, HempFest, Seattle

Poet/Performer, Vurige Tongen @ Ruigoord, Amsterdam

Poet/Performer, Beat Hippie Autonomie Punk Exhibit, Cox 18, Milan, Italy

Author, Va Tutto Bene (en Italiano), Stampa Alternativa

CD, criss cross with Mark Ritsema, Big Chief Records

Poet/Performer, Radio Onda Rossa, Roma

Poet/Performer, Libri, Pitigliano, Italy

Poet/Performer, Teatro del Fuoco, Foggia, Italy

Award, Targa Matteo Salvatore, Foggia, Italy

Guest MC, MC5 & Stooges, All Tomorrow’s Parties, UK

Guest Poet, DKT/MC5, Paradiso, Amsterdam

Guest Poet, Black Crowes, Paradiso, Amsterdam

Poet/Performer, Forte Prenestino, Roma

Poet/Performer, Museo Arte di Paolo Pini, MilanoPoet/Performer,

Festival della Letteratura Resistente, Elmo, ItalyAuthor, Guitar Army (en Italiano), Stampa Alternativa

Author, Guitar Army—Street Writings/Prison Writings  (2nd Edition with CD), Process Books/Feral House Press

Guest, Cannabis Film Festival, Santiago, Chile

Film, Sun Ra: Brother from Another Planet by Don Letts

Film, Charles Olson: Polis Is This by Henry Ferrini

Writer & Co-Producer, 20 To Life: The Life & Times of John Sinclair, a film by Steve Gebhardt


Poet In Residence, Bohemian National Home, Detroit

Author, It’s All Good—A John Sinclair Reader (with CD), Headpress Books

Poet/Performer, Detroit Life with the Motor City Blues Scholars, No Cover Records

Poet/Performer, Tokyo Hipster Club, Tokyo, Japan;

Obama Inauguration CelebrationCafé Oto, London with the London Blues Scholars;

CosmoPoetica, Cordoba, Spain with Mark Ritsema;

CosmoPoetica, Murcia, Spain with Mark Ritsema;

Jazz & Poetry, Lincoln Center, New York City with Sonny Fortune;

Festival Rochefort-en-Accords, France; Hempstock, Portland OR;

Lowell Celebrates Kerouac, Lowell MA

Guest, Raindance Film Festival HQ, London

Producer/Host, Sinclair On The Air, Salto Wereld FM, Amsterdam

Producer/Host, Radio Free Genoa, Piazza del Erbe, Genoa

Panelist, Kunstraum Kreuzberg, Berlin

Poet/Performer, Tearing Down The Shrine Of Truth & Beauty with the Pinkeye Orchestra, LocoGnosis Records

Poet/Performer, Viper Madness with the Planet D Nonet, MoSound Records

Speaker, UMass 420 Festival, Amherst MA

Speaker, Medical Cannabis Cup, Seattle

Editor, Sun Ra Interviews & Essays, Headpress

Poet/Performer, Collaborations with Howard Glazer, Guelel Kuumba, Eric Deaton, Lightning Malcolm, Jim Dickinson, David Kimbrough, Kenny Kimbrough, Cedric Burnside, Gilles Riberolles, Tom Worrell, Adventures in Bluesland, Ras Moshe, Jah-Rom Parker Wells,

Burton Greene, Marshall Allen, Elliott Levin, Sonny Fortune, Rashied Ali, Reginald Workman, and others

Poet In Residence, Café The Zen, Amsterdam

Poet/Performer, Let’s Go Get ’Em with the Blues Scholars, MoSound Records

Author, Song Of Praise: Homage To John Coltrane (Trembling Pillow Press)

Poet/Performer, Song Of Praise: Homage To John Coltrane (Trembling Pillow Press)

Poet/Panelist, Clinton Memorial Library, Little Rock, AR with David Kimbrough

Poet/Performer, Honoring The Local Gods with Hollow Bones, Straw2Gold Records

Poet/Performer, Beatnik Youth with the Beatnik Youth Orchestra, Track Records

Breathing Air Tour with Howard Marks—Ireland-Scotland-England

Guest Poet, DKT/MC5 & Primal Scream, Royal Festival Hall, London

Poet in Residence, Frenchy Gallery, New Orleans


Poet/Performer, Detroit Artists Workshop 50th Anniversary Concert, Scarab Club, Detroit with the Blues Scholars;

An Evening with John Sinclair, University of Michigan—Flint College;

Barclays Center, Brooklyn with Rodriquez;

Lowell Celebrates Kerouac, Lowell MA with David Amram;

Neal Cassidy Birthday Party, Denver with Tom Worrell;

Sun Ra 100
 Concert, Royal Festival Hall, London with Founder Effect;

Double Decker Festival, Oxford MS with Eric Deaton;

Hempstalk Festival, Portland OR;

Mike Kelley’s Mobile Homestead
 Opening, MOCAD, Detroit;

Viper Madness
, Akhnaton, Amsterdam;

Freeing John Sinclair, The Ark, Ann Arbor with Wayne Kramer & the Blues Scholars;

Maine Harvest Ball, Starks, ME with Portland Art Quartet;

Canary Wharf Festival, London with Founder Effect;

Detroit Boom Boom
 Exhibit, Lille, France

Poet In Residence, New Orleans Institute for the Imagination

CD, mohawk with Steve The Fly, Ironman Records

Author, It’s All Good—A John Sinclair Reader, Horner Press

Poet/Performer, It’s All Good—A John Sinclair Reader, CD-Baby Album

Poet/Performer, Keeping The Blues Alive with Adventures in Bluesland, Worldwide Vibe Records

Poet/Performer, Viperism, CD-Baby Album

Poet/Performer, Conspiracy Theory, CD-Baby Album

Poet/Performer Fattening Frogs For Snakes (Volumes 1-2-3-4) 

Poet/Performer, Beatnik Youth, Ironman Records CD & LP

Panelist, Detroit Artists Workshop Exhibit, Horse Hospital, London

—Assembled @ Bristol UK, May 16-18, 2016

© 2017 The John Sinclair Foundation

Continued by Steve fly:

Interview, with Thurston Moore and Paul Smith, Quietus Magazine, 2014

Contributor, Heaven Was Dertroit: From Jazz To Hip-Hop And Beyond, Painted Turtle 2017

Poet/Performer, Mobile Homeland with, Funky D Records,  Album

Poet/Speaker, Hash Bash 2017, University Michigan, Detroit

Poet/Performer, Beatnik Youth Ambient 12″ Vinyl, Iron Man Records, 2017

Interview, with Youth, Bandcamp daily, 2017

Poet/Performer, Don Was Detroit All Star Review, Detroit, 2017

Poet/Speaker, Hash Bash 2018, University Michigan, Detroit 2018

Author, It’s All Good: A John Sinclair Reader, Big Chief Records, 2018

Poet/Performer, I mean you with Steve The Fly, Big Chief Records, 2018

Poet/Activist, Michigan’s First Legal Marijuana Patient, 2019

Poet/Performer, Mobile Homeland with Tino Gross Funky D Records, 2018 (Jett Plastic Recordings LP, 2019)

Poet/Performer, Still Kickin’ You Buy We Fry with Tino Gross, Funky D Records, 2019

Poet/ Performer, Monk’s Dream with the Planet D Nonet “Live” at the Scarab Club, 2020

Poet Performer, Fattening Frogs For Snakes: A Delta Suite 4 x L.P set, 2020

Author, Blow Baby Blow: Uncollected Poems, Big Chief Productions, 2020