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John Sinclair – “Mohawk” CD

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John Sinclair, the renegade poet, scholar and cultural revolutionary released his new album.. John Sinclair has been described as an archetype of the 1960′s art, music and literary synthesis. Today John is still kicking with both feet on his trajectory for cultural transformation. His new record features ten tracks from his book of verse: always know: a book of monk. Twenty poems planted firmly in a single-shot session, and carefully trimmed down to ten exhibits for this album. Beatnik poems, great odes and personal reflections of the Be-Bop jazz persuasion, all flowering together.

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2015—05 May Program Guide
Written by John Sinclair   
Saturday, 02 May 2015 06:15

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

RADIO FREE AMSTERDAM 2015

BLUES, JAZZ & REEFER—KEEPING THE MUSIC ALIVE

 

Mondays

The John Sinclair Radio Show

plus The Soul Lucille Show with Lucille DJ en Italiano

Tuesdays

The Blues Show with Bruce Pingree

Wednesdays

Chicago Bound plus Messin’ With The Blues with Leslie Keros

Thursdays

Blues From the Red Rooster Lounge with Cary Wolfson

Fridays

Beyond The Groove Yard with George Klein

plus Fly By Night with Steve The Fly

Saturdays

Diggin’ The Roots with Tom Morgan

plus Highway 61 Blues with Scott Barretta

Sundays

Jazz From The Hempshopper with John Sinclair

plus Jazz Lunatique with David Kunian

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Lucille DJ has suffered a crippling computer crash so we are replaying her first four program episodes in May, and Leslie Keros has succumbed to overwork in real life so we’re replaying the first four episodes of her Chicago Bound and Messin’ With The Blues instead. Steve The Fly contributes an extraordinary audio experience focused on a reading from James Joyce’s Finnegan’s Wake that extends over two and a half one-hour programs.

All Radio Free Amsterdam programs are archived at our site under the name of each show. Once a program has been posted you can look it up and play it at any time. Punch LISTEN NOW to hear our program stream.

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MAY 2015 PROGRAM GUIDE

Friday, May 1

THE AMEN CORNER

BEYOND THE GROOVE YARD 18

George Klein has another split spotlight in Episode 18, showcasing John Coltrane on Prestige Records and another crew of soulful keyboardists: Red Garland, Ramsey Lewis, John Wright, and Phineas Newborn.

WAKING FINNEGAN

FLY BY NIGHT 103

Steve The Fly has created an extraordinary audio experience fusing the immortal words of the bard James Joyce from Finnegan’s Wake (pp. 429-473) with the voices of William Sutton (pages 429-443 & 469-473) and Steven 'Fly' Pratt (pages 444-468) delivering the text to drums, guitar and turntables by Steve The Fly—assembled and mixed by The Fly at the Fly Agaric 23 Studio and Ei-Complex in Amsterdam, where the program was mastered by Tim Egmond. Episode 103 comprises the first hour of this 155-minute extravaganza.

Saturday, May 2

FANTÁSTICO

DIGGIN’ THE ROOTS 18

Tom Morgan is Diggin’ The Roots for Radio Free Amsterdam featuring tunes from the glorious past and present of African American popular music by Paul Gayten, Oscar Aleman, Charlie Byrd, Benny Carter, Nat “King" Cole. Al “Jazzbo" Collins, Paul Desmond, Paquito d'Rivera, Slim Gaillard, Grant Green, Johnny Guarnieri, Cannonball Adderley with Sergio Mendes, and Louis Jordan.

SHOUT THE BOOGIE

HIGHWAY 61 BLUES 44

Scott Barretta pulls out a pile of fantastic sides with Boogie in the title, including cuts by Big Joe Turner & Pete Johnson, the Snookum Russell Orchestra, Louis Jordan, Marilyn Scott, Mabel Scott, Memphis Minnie, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Little Esther & Mel Walker, the Johnny Otis Orchestra, Slim Gaillard, John Lee Hooker, Little Son Jackson, Carolina Slim (as Country Paul), Sticks McGhee, B.B. King, Amos Milburn, Lalo Guerrero, and the Harlem Hamfats.

Sunday, May 3

OUT OF THIS WORLD

JAZZ FROM THE HEMPSHOPPER 10

Classic modern jazz emanating from the Hempshopper on the Singel canal in Episode 10 with John Sinclair spinning great sides by Charlie Parker, the John Coltrane Quartet, the Bill Evans Trio, John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman, Charles Mingus, the Count Basie Orchestra, and Sun Ra & His Solar Myth Arkestra.

FUNKY BIRTHDAY

JAZZ LUNATIQUE 18

David Kunian is celebrating his birthday for another hour n Episode 18 with music by The Gun Club, The Who, The J. Geils Band, Johnny Cash, Violent Femmes, X, Louis Jordan, Louis Armstrong, Marko Benivento, Royal Fingerbowl, Rickie Lee Jones, and Bobby Love.

Monday, May 4

IT'S MY LIFE BABY

JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 599

Episode 599 is coming from my old stand at Frenchy’s Garage in New Orleans, right next to Frenchy’s house just across the Jefferson Parish line from Oak Street and the Frenchy Gallery, where I'll be staying with Fenchy & Tina & little Leo for the next month. It’s my daughter Sunny’s birthday on May 4 but I’m still thinking of the weekend I spent in my home town of Flint, Michigan during the 420 holidays and all  the thousands of records I heard as a teenager when I was coming up in Flint, so here’s another hour of sides I heard & owned & played during the second half of the 1950s by Big Joe Turner, The Clovers, Willie Mabon, The 5 Royales, Howlin' Wolf, The Five Keys, Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson, Bobby "Blue" Bland, LaVerne Baker, James Brown & His Famous Flames, Clarence "Frogman" Henry, The Cadets, Huey 'Piano' Smith & the Clowns, Big Walter Horton, Ruth Brown, Jerry Butler & the Impressions, Jackie Wilson, and The Heartbeats.

GET UP & DRIVE YOUR FUNKY SOUL

THE SOUL LUCILLE SHOW 01

Lucille DJ has lost her files for May in a major computer crash so we are replaying her first four episodes of The Soul Lucille Show starting with number 1 featuring tunes by James Brown, Nina Simone, Barbara Dane, Gwen McRae, Merry Clayton, Bobby Womack, Ella Fitzgerald, Chuck Jackson, Darrow Fletcher, Mandrill, The Organization, Funkadelic, Lyn Collins, Maceo Parker, and Ike Turner & His Kings of Rhythm.

Tuesday, May 5

SHE WALKS RIGHT IN

THE BLUES SHOW 178

Bruce Pingree is playing piano music from New Orleans in Episode 178 with great selections by Professor Longhair, Tuts Washington, Kid Stormy Weather, Jelly Roll Morton, and Champion Jack Dupree.

Wednesday, May 6

TEARDROPS

CHICAGO BOUND 01

Leslie Keros is taking a necessary break from her programming duties at Radio Free Amsterdam this month so we’re replaying the first four episodes of Chicago Bound starting with the opening show in the series from January 2014 paying homage to five Chicago bluesmen who passed away in 2013: Magic Slim, Jimmy Dawkins, Aaron Moore, Artie “Blues Boy” White, and Eric Davis.

DRIVING WHEEL

MESSIN’ WITH THE BLUES 01

Chicago broadcast producer Leslie Keros is taking a much-needed break this month from her programing duties here at radio Free Amsterdam, so we’re replaying the first four episodes of her program series Messin’ With The Blues with a show highlighting carefully assembled recordings from 2013 album releases by Lurrie Bell, Sugar Ray Rayford, Guy Davis, Mark Hummel, David Egan, Kara Grainger, Kevin Coelho, James Cotton & Keb’ Mo’, the Lenny Marcus Trio, Magic Sam, Robin Trower, Boz Scaggs, and Roosevelt Sykes (must be a reissue!)

Thursday, May 7

SHAKE IT UP

RED ROOSTER LOUNGE 146

Cary Wolfson is spinning at the Red Rooster Lounge with great blues sides by Mickey Baker, Joakim Tinderholt, Breezy Rodio, Sue Foley, James Harman, King Biscuit Boy, Little Freddie King, Lloyd Jones, Chris Daniels & The Kings, Charles Morris, Maurice John Vaughn, Big Maybelle, and Otis Grand.

Friday, May 8

JUST IN TIME

BEYOND THE GROOVE YARD 19

George Klein is featuring the Hammond B3 organ in Episode 19 with Booker Ervin occupying the middle position in each set, including appearances by Booker Ervin, Jimmy Smith, Gloria Coleman, Freddie Roach, Don Patterson, Jack McDuff, and Sonny Phillips.

FINNEGAN’S AWAKE

FLY BY NIGHT 104

Episode 104 comprises the second hour of an extraordinary 155-minute audio experience fusing the immortal words of the bard James Joyce from Finnegan’s Wake (pp. 429-473) with the voices of William Sutton (pages 429-443 & 469-473) and Steven 'Fly' Pratt (pages 444-468) delivering the text to drums, guitar and turntables by Steve The Fly—assembled and mixed by The Fly at the Fly Agaric 23 Studio and Ei-Complex in Amsterdam, where the program was mastered by Tim Egmond.

Saturday, May 9

JIVE SAMBA

DIGGIN’ THE ROOTS 19

Tom Morgan is Diggin’ The Roots for Radio Free Amsterdam featuring tunes from the glorious past and present of African American popular music this week by Paul Gayten, Stan Getz & Charlie Byrd, Slim Gaillard, Ahmad Jamal, J.J. Johnson, Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra, Louis Jordan, Paquito D'Rivera, and Charlie Parker.

LET THE DOORBELL RING

HIGHWAY 61 BLUES 45

Scott Baretta is featuring New Orleans piano blues in this weeks’ episode of Highway 61 with selections by Fats Domino, Jelly Roll Morton, Tuts Washington, Roosevelt Sykes, Archibald, James Booker, Champion Jack Dupree, Professor Longhair, Eddie Bo, Davell Crawford, Henry Butler & Corey Harris, and Dr. John & B.B. King.

Sunday, May 10

BIG JOHN SPECIAL

JAZZ FROM THE HEMPSHOPPER 11

Friday evening at the Hempshopper on the Singel canal in Amsterdam with John Sinclair playing modern jazz classics by Charlie Parker, Charles Mingus, Miles Davis, Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers. Billie Holiday, "Pancho" Hagood with the Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Planet D Nonet, Sonny Rollins, Freddie Redd with Jackie McLean, Yusef Lateef, Archie Shepp, and Sun Ra & His Arkestra

RIDE INTO THE SUN

JAZZ LUNATIQUE 19

David Kunian is featuring the great cellist, vocalist and composer Helen Gillet in Episode 19 with a series of long conversations, some live performances in the WWOZ studio, and selections from her pair of new CD releases, plus cuts by Ido Zinn and the Jason Roethke Octet.

Monday, May 11

WHAT IT IS

JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 600

Episode 600 will be coming from an as yet unselected location in New Orleans with the sort of program of music and commentary you’ve come to expect from this show.

HEAD ON COLLISION WITH HEARTBREAK

THE SOUL LUCILLE SHOW 02

Lucille DJ is replaying her second episode of The Soul Lucille Show this week with a killer hour of soul & super heavy funk from Bobby Byrd, Erma Franklin, Rare Earth, The Fatback Band, Eddie Long, Shirley Bassey, The Three Degrees, Tommy Hunt, Terry Callier, Gil Scott Heron, Ivory, Wilson Pickett, The Temptations, The Modulations, and Jimmy Smith.

Tuesday, May 12

HAVING A GOOD TIME

THE BLUES SHOW 179

Bruce Pingree is playing more piano music from New Orleans with selections by Champion Jack Dupree, Fats Domino, James Booker, Huey “Piano” Smith, Allen Toussaint, Ronnie Barrron, Doctor John, Eddie Bo, Professor Longhair, and Willie Tee with the Wild Magnolias.

Wednesday, May 13

THIS IS THE BLUES

CHICAGO BOUND 02

This week’s installment of Chicago Bound with Leslie Keros is a replay of her second program in the series featuring Windy City blues artists Old Friends with Big Walter Horton & Sunnyland Slim, James Cotton, Joe Filisko & Eric Noden, Otis Spann (along with a dedication to Otis by Muddy Waters & Lucille Spann onstage at the 1972 Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Festival), David Maxwell, James Wheeler, Mississippi Heat, Bob Stroger, and Otis Clay.

THAT'S A GOOD IDEA

MESSIN’ WITH THE BLUES 02

Leslie Keros is blowing in from Chicago with this replay of Episode 2 of Messin’ With The Blues featuring a program of great music of several descriptions by Erwin Helfer, W.C. Clark, Roomful of Blues, Curtis Salgado, Leadbelly, Dr. John, Roscoe Chenier, Eddie Harris, Peggy Lee, John Coltrane & Milt Jackson, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Freddy Cole, and Eric Bibb.

Thursday, May 14

LIFE OF THE PARTY

RED ROOSTER LOUNGE 147

Cary Wolfson is spinning at the Red Rooster Lounge with great blues sides by Eight O’Five Jive, Debbie Davies, Robben Ford, Slam Allen, Anthony Gomes, Gaye Adegbalola, Pokey LaFarge, Michael Falzarano, Beth Hart, James Day & The Fish Fry, J.D. McPherson, Biber Herrman, Michael Jerome Browne, and Gregor Hilden.

Friday, May 15

WALK ON THE WILD SIDE

BEYOND THE GROOVE YARD 20

George Klein is bringing more Hammond B-3 organs in Episode 20 with tenor saxophonist Booker Ervin featured in the middle of each set of music by Booker Ervin, Jimmy Smith, Richard “Groove” Holmes, Shirley Scott, Stanley Turrentine, Lyman Woodard, John Patton, and Larry Young.

COINCIDANCE

FLY BY NIGHT 105

Episode 105 comprises the final portion of an extraordinary 155-minute audio experience fusing the immortal words of the bard James Joyce from Finnegan’s Wake (pp. 429-473) with the voices of The Fly and William Sutton delivering the text to music backgrounds provided by the drums, guitar and turntables of Steve The Fly, Garaj Mahal, the Gregory James Band, and The Illuminatus Trilogy audio book—assembled and mixed by Steve The Fly at the Fly Agaric 23 Studio and Ei-Complex in Amsterdam, where the program was mastered by Tim Egmond. The presentation from Finnegan’s Wake is followed by a sound collage of voices & music aseembled & remixed by Steve The Fly including selections titled Flutawake,” “L.P's Keys,” “Oily Thorsday,” “Joyce and Coincidance,” “Blue Finnertz,” “Bicycle In Bombay” featuring Robert Anton Wilson on The Synchronicity, “Aspect of Finnegans Wake,” and “Gulam Sabri.”

Saturday, May 16

WE LIKE MAMBO

DIGGIN’ THE ROOTS 20

Tom Morgan is Diggin’ The Roots for Radio Free Amsterdam featuring tunes from the glorious past and present of African American popular music by Paul Gayten, Louis Armstrong, Dave Bartholomew, Lloyd Price, Classie Ballou, Jr, The Hawks, Eddie Bo, Los Po-Boy Citos, John Nagy, Sam Butera & the Witnesses, Cubanismo, Fredy Omar & John Boutte, and the Panorama Jazz Band.

I‘M TORE UP

HIGHWAY 61 BLUES 46

Scott Barretta is featuring blues from the Macon area of eastern Mississippi on this week’s edition of Highway 61, including selections by Eddie Clearwater, Carey Bell, Big Joe Williams, Austin Peete, John “Short Stuff” Macon, Amelia Johnson, and Willie King.

Sunday, May 17

DOUBLE-O

JAZZ FROM THE HEMPSHOPPER 12

Modern jazz on a Friday afternoon at the Hempshopper on the Singel canal in Amsterdam with John Sinclair and stellar recordings by Charlie Parker, Yusef Lateef, Kenny "Pancho" Hagood with the Mary Lou Williams Orchestra, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Planet D Nonet, Miles Davis, Jackie McLean, Fela Kuti, the Count Basie Orchestra, and the John Coltrane.Quartet.

REALLY OKAY

JAZZ LUNATIQUE 20

David Kunian is playing music from across the spectrum in Episode 20 by Barry Halverson, CeDell Davis, Elvis Costello, XTC, the Charles Mingus Sextet, Van Morrison, Stevie Wonder, and the Charles Mingus Jazz Workshop with Eric Dolphy, Ted Curson and Dannie Richmond.

Monday, May 18

GUMBO BLUES

JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 601

Episode 601 will be coming from somewhere in New Orleans with music from the Crescent City and wherever else our minds might wander.

GOTTA STAND FOR SOMETHING

THE SOUL LUCILLE SHOW 03

Lucille DJ is spinning this week’s show straight for the dance floor without a mike, featuring music by Freddie King, Darrow Fletcher, Allen Toussaint, Little Sister, Cymande, Bill Withers, Apple & The Three Oranges, Roy Ayers, the Soul Searchers, Aretha Franklin, Fred Wesley, Patti Drew, The Crusaders, and the Lyman Woodard Organization.

Tuesday, May 19

KEEPER OF THE CROWN

THE BLUES SHOW 180

Bruce Pingree is playing music by the Wild Magnolias in honor of Big Chief Bo Dollis, who passed away on January 20, 2015

Wednesday, May 20

OLD TIME BOOGIE

CHICAGO BOUND 03

Our replay of Episode 3 of Chicago Bound features Leslie Keros blasting the blues from the Windy City by Robert Lockwood, Sunnyland Slim, Elmore James, Demetria Taylor, Byther Smith, Artie “Blues Boy” White, John Brim, Carlos Johnson, Curtis Jones, Deitra Farr, Dave Specter & Barkin’ Bill, Jimmy Rogers, and Sonny Boy Williamson.

NASTY ATTITUDE

MESSIN’ WITH THE BLUES 03

Leslie Keros is mixing it up in this replay of Episode 3 of Messin’ with the Blues with cuts from Erwin Helfer, Pete Thomas & The Horns-a-Plenty, Karrin Allyson, Rod Piazza, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Peter Cincotti, Ben Webster, Ray Charles, Joe Williams, Albert King, Paul Rishell, Janis Joplin, Corey Ledet, Charles Brown, Memphis Slim, and Mark Hummel.

Thursday, May 21

LITTLE BY LITTLE

RED ROOSTER LOUNGE 148

Cary Wolfson is spinning at the Red Rooster Lounge with great blues sides by Jessie Mae Hemphill, Junior Wells, Susan Tedeschi, Billy Flynn, Johnny “Guitar” Watson, Chuck Willis, the Wallace Brothers, Chuck Jackson, Jim Suhler & Monkey Beat, Michael Bloomfield, Roy Buchanan, Taj Mahal, and Charlie Musselwhite.

Friday, May 22

THE SECOND LINE

BEYOND THE GROOVE YARD 21

George Klaein is down in New Orleans in Episode 21 with sides by Pony Poindexter, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Alvin Batiste, Tony Dagradi, Steve Masakowski, Johnny Vidacovich, Nat Adderley, Germaine Bazzle, and the New Orleans Legacy Ensemble.

LADY DAY

FLY BY NIGHT 106

Steve The Fly is celebrating the centennial of Billie Holiday’s birth with this programs of Lady Day classics.

Saturday, May 23

PUEBLO NUEVO

DIGGIN’ THE ROOTS 21

Episode 21 of Diggin’ The Roots with Tom Morgan features music from Cuba, the Caribbean and South America by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Astrid Gilberto, Luis Bonfa, Virginia Rodriguez, Mario Bauza, the Buena Vista Social Club, Ibraham Ferrer, and Ernesto Nucona.

HARD HEARTED WOMAN

HIGHWAY 61 BLUES 47

Scott Barretta spotlights the great harmonica master Big Walter Horton in this week’s episode of Highway 61 featuring a series of his classic recordings with Joe Hill Louis, Calvin & Phineas Newborn, Little Buddy Doyle, Jimmy Rogers, Tampa Red, Johnny Shines, Robert Nighthawk, Johnny Young, and Carey Bell.

Sunday, May 24

LET’S COOL ONE

JAZZ FROM THE HEMPSHOPPER 13

John Sinclair is spinning the classic jazz jams from the Hempshopper on the Singel canal in Amsterdam on a beautiful Friday evening in the summer of 2008 with sides from Charlie Parker, Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers, the Sun Sounds Orchestra, Planet D Nonet, Fela Kuti, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis with the Gil Evans Orchestra, James Andrews, Charlie Parker with strings, Thelonious Monk, and Sun Ra & His Solar Myth Arkestra.

BODY AND SOUL

JAZZ LUNATIQUE 21

David Kunian is celebrating the 100th birthday of Billie Holiday in Episode 22 with a series of selections by the great singer and related cuts by Stevie Wonder, Nicholas Payton, J.C. Brooks & The Uptown Sound, Jose James, and Amanda Shiers.

Monday, May 25

GUMBO BLUES

JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 602

Episode 602 will find us in New Orleans for another program of music from the immediate environs and whatever else we might feel like playing.

SLICK CHICK

THE SOUL LUCILLE SHOW 04

Lucille DJ is still spinning from home without a microphone but she’s coming through like a champ with a program of music by Vernon Harrel, Slim Harpo, Marvin Gaye, the Four Tops, Dennis Coffey, Reuben Wilson, Black Heat, the Buddy Rich Big Band, Kay-Gees, Graham Central Station, The Meters, The New Birth, Lou Donaldson, Sonny Phillips, and Johnny Nash.

Tuesday, May 26

BEGGIN’ THE BLUES

THE BLUES SHOW 181

Bruce Pingree is playing muusic celebrating the birthdays of the very much alive Mary Flower and the late lamented Georgia Sea Islands singer Bessie Jones (1902-1974).

Wednesday, May 27

HOMAGE TO MAGIC SAM

CHICAGO BOUND 04

This week’s replay of Episode 4 of Chicago Bound with Leslie Keros features a tribute to Magic Sam on the occasion of the new release Live at the Avant Garde, including interviews with blues producer Dick Shurman, guitarist Billy Flynn, and tenor saxophonist Eddie Shaw.

COOKIN’ IN STYLE

MESSIN’ WITH THE BLUES 04

Leslie Keros is stirring the pot in this replay of Episode 4 of Messin’ With The Blues with music by Johnnie Bassett, James Booker, B.B. King, Freddie King, Shemekia Copeland, Etta James, Johnny Heartsman, Solomon Burke, Chris Cain, Irene Reid, Percy Mayfield, Sam Cooke, and Johnny Adams.

Thursday, May 28

DOUBLE TROUBLE

RED ROOSTER LOUNGE 149

Cary Wolfson is spinning at the Red Rooster Lounge with blues sides by Procol Harum, Fairport Convention, John Renbourne, Peter Green Splinter Group, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Fleetwood Mac, Mick Taylor, Mick Abrahams, Kim Simmons’ Savoy Brown, Otis Grand, Tony McPhee & Dick Heckstall-Smith, and Percy Sledge.

Friday, May 29

THE ISLE OF ORLEANS

BEYOND THE GROOVE YARD 22

George Klein goes to New Orleans again for Episode 22 with music by the American Jazz Quintet, Bonerama, Alvin “Red” Tyler, Astral Project, Tim Laughlin, the New Orleans Nightcrawlers, Los Hombres Calientes, 3now4, and Donald Harrison Jr.

THE GENIUS OF LENNY BRUCE

FLY BY NIGHT 107

Steve The Fly presents the genius of Lenny Bruce in this recording of his historic performance at Carnegie Hall in New York City on February 4th, 1961.

Saturday, May 30

SOUL BURST

DIGGIN’ THE ROOTS 22

Episode 22 of Diggin’ The Roots with Tom Morgan features another hour of Latin music from Cuba, the Caribbean, North and South America by Cal Tjader, Virginia Rodriguez, Aster Piazzola, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Willie Bobo, Luis Bonfa, Stan Getz, Quarteto Patria, and the Buena Vista Social Club.

HOW BLUE CAN YOU GET

HIGHWAY 61 BLUES 48

Episode 48 of Hghway 61 with Scott Barretta features a series of live recordings by B.B. King in honor of the opening of the B.B. King Museum in Indianola, Mississippi, including cuts from the Regal Theatre, the International Club and the Cook County Jail in Chicago, Live in Japan, at Ole Miss in Oxford, Mississippi and with Bobby “Blue” Bland in Los Angeles

Sunday, May 31

MY SHINING HOUR

JAZZ FROM THE HEMPSHOPPER 14

Jazz from the Hempshopper on the Singel canal in Amsterdam with John Sinclair on a summer Friday evening in 2008 playing classic jazz music by Charlie Parker, Sun Sounds Orchestra, Yusef Lateef, John Coltrane, Freddie Redd, Thelonious Monk, Planet D Nonet, Billie Holiday, Kenny "Pancho" Hagood with the Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra, Jackie McLean, and Sun Ra & His Solar Myth Arkestra.

GOD BLESS THE CHILD

JAZZ LUNATIQUE 22

David Kunian is continuing his observance of the Billie Holiday centennial wit this program of selections by Lady Day and The Write Brothers, Fats Domino, Otis Brown III, Hank Williams, the Memphis Jug Band, and Lou Reed.

 

 

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FREE THE WEED 49
Written by John Sinclair   
Wednesday, 01 April 2015 17:46

FREE THE WEED 49

A Column by John Sinclair

For the past several months in this column I’ve been presenting excerpts from my book called It’s All Good: A John Sinclair Reader, soon to be issued by the publishers of this magazine. In fact, I’m in New Orleans right now working with my daughter Celia on designing and producing the book for publication this spring. This month’s offering—in honor of his birthday on March 12—is an edited version of my assessment of the great American poet and writer from Lowell, Massachusetts who started it all.

THE PROPHESY OF JACK KEROUAC

America after World War II was well on its way to becoming the kind of ugly, spiritually desolate world it is today. The dehumanization of American civilization began in earnest when they dropped Fat Man and Little Boy on the people of Japan and flew smugly away, back to the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.

The mental and moral landscape of America was flattened and irradiated like Hiroshima and Nagasaki when the Americans dropped their atomic bombs on human beings in Japan, and the fabric of American life would remain terminally warped forever after.

After the bomb began the homogenization and commodification of our culture and the establishment of the endless networks of suburban modules to house the white people outside the limits of our nation’s cities.

Here too began the rigid economic stratification of our society into the tripartite reality of modern America—the rich get richer, the people who are allowed to work for them prosper in suburban bliss, and the uneducated, racially segregated underclass is left to wage a bitter struggle for simple survival in the vast urban ghettos that remain as the ruins of our great industrial centers.

But after the war small pockets of resistance gathered and stood bravely against the raging tide of conformism and conspicuous consumption that swept over post-war America—tiny clumps of intellectuals both street-level and academic, including a handful of inspired writers determined to chronicle the joys of modern life as well as measure the relentless disintegration of the nation’s human and emotional resources during this ghastly period of decline.

The greatest of these writers was Jack Kerouac, a literary prophet who illuminated post-war America with his epic tales of ecstatic and complicated life outside the narrowing cultural mainstream. Jack Kerouac left our humble planet for places unknown on October 21, 1969 at the age of 47.

That day also marked the 52nd birthday of John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie, genius of modern jazz, born in 1917. Kerouac’s birthdate, March 12 (1922), coincides with the death of the great Charlie Parker, one of Jack’s idols and prime artistic influences, on March 12, 1955 at the age of 34.

It is not at all strange that these three contemporaries, born within a five-year period, should be linked by their vital dates on the great wheel of karma. Together they forged a complete revolution in the sound of modern music and prosody.

Kerouac was an habitue of the after-hours sessions at Minton’s Playhouse and Clark Monroe’s Uptown House in Harlem, where he heard Monk, Bird, Dizzy, Max Roach and other young jazzmen wrestle nightly with moving the music to a higher level of complexity, intellection and rhythmic thrust.

Kerouac spent the rest of the ’40s trying to infuse his own writing with the wild methodology of bebop, finally succeeding in 1951-52 with Visions of Cody, On The Road and Dr. Sax.

He attacked narrative writing as an exercise in epic poetic composition driven by the imperatives of an inspired bebop saxophonist—to make it happen, say something and make it swing.

Bird and Dizzy and Monk are playing inside Kerouac’s ears as he writes: Sometimes he’s a tenor saxophone, other times he’s the singer, then again he might be the drummer whacking and boomping away beneath the horns.

But the music is always there, in the writing, and all around it, defining it, all ways, always there.

“You guys call yourselves poets, write little short lines, I’m a poet but I write lines paragraphs and pages and many pages long,” the bard insisted in a letter to Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder and Philip Whalen in the mid-’50s.

Or, to Donald Allen in 1959: “Let there be no equivocation about statement, and if you think this is not hard to do, try it.”

Let there be no equivocation about statement. Say something, brother man, and make it swing. If you think this is not hard to do, try it. Bird made it sound so easy, but you can hear hundreds of players every night, 60 years later, all over the world, still trying to get inside of Bird’s sound.

Kerouac’s brilliant series of novels—On The Road, Dharma Bums, The Subterraneans, Visions of Cody—detailed the exploits of “the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars….”

Blasted on marijuana, benzedrine or cheap wine, Kerouac sat at his typewriter and captured the spirit and frenzy of the “mad ones” he encountered between the early years of the war and the end of the 1950s, the “mad ones” and the improbable lives they devised for themselves in a sort of jazz and dope and poetry underworld of their own fabrication—an underworld that maintained a precarious existence on the cutting edge of urban civilization, living outside the law in the rotted underbelly of the beast, feeding on the excess produce of the hostile world of commerce around them and transforming this purloined energy into magnificent works of personal expression in music, dance, painting, poetry and prose.

On The Road, Kerouac’s best-known work, written in one continuous burst of creative energy in 1952 but not published until 1957, chronicled the beginnings of what’s come to be known as the Beat Generation during its formative years just after the war.

“Once started,” William Burroughs pointed out, “the Beat movement had a momentum of its own and a world-wide impact. In fact, the intelligent conservatives in America saw this as a serious threat to their position long before the Beat writers saw it themselves. A much more serious threat, say, than the Communist Party.

“The Beat literary movement came at exactly the right time and said something that millions of people of all nationalities all over the world were waiting to hear.....There’s no doubt that we’re living in a freer America as a result of the Beat literary movement.”

The great Kerouac persona has relentlessly been reduced over the years to the well-known caricature of the graceless drunken beatnik lout. Bullshit! Kerouac, my friends, was full of grace, and a “great creator of forms that ultimately find expression in mores and what have you.”

This was what Charlie Parker said when he played:

‘All Is Well.’ You had the feeling

of early in the morning,

like a hermit’s joy, or like the perfect cry

of some wild gang

at a jam session—

Wail! Wop!

Yes, All is Well. Or like the end of the Blues and Haikus session, when producer Bob Thiele asks Kerouac if he can get home okay. “Yeah,” Jack says. “We got a car.”

“Oh, good.”

—New Orleans

March 15, 2015

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