John Sinclair talks, performs at U. Mich.-Dearborn

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Photo -   FILE - This March 16, 1971 file photo shows John Sinclair Jr., then imprisoned leader of the Radical White Panthers, before his sentencing in Detroit. Protesting the Vietnam war was among many of the passions of the all-around counter-culture figure immortalized in the John Lennon song, “John Sinclair.” (AP File Photo)
FILE - This March 16, 1971 file photo shows John Sinclair Jr., then imprisoned leader of the Radical White Panthers, before his sentencing in Detroit. Protesting the Vietnam war was among many of the passions of the all-around counter-culture figure immortalized in the John Lennon song, “John Sinclair.” (AP File Photo)
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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."

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