DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Poet, performance artist and longtime counter-cultural figure John Sinclair will offer a free talk and live performance next week at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.
Sinclair performs at noon next Thursday at the suburban Detroit campus with His Blues Scholars. At 3 p.m., he'll deliver a talk entitled "Kicking Out the Jams."
The title refers to the song "Kick Out the Jams" by the MC5 Motor City pre-punk band managed by Sinclair. They helped form the White Panthers to oppose the U.S. government and support the Black Panther Party.
The Flint-area native and longtime marijuana activist served two years' imprisonment after a pot bust and drew John Lennon's support. The ex-Beatle appeared at 1971 Ann Arbor concert to free Sinclair and wrote a song called "John Sinclair."