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FREE THE WEED 47 - January 2015
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A Column by John Sinclair

Detroit Artists WorkshopAs my readers will remember, last November marked the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Detroit Artists Workshop, a seminal collective of cultural workers I’m proud to have been a part of.

This coming June will mark the 50th anniversary of the Artists Workshop Press, which published my first books of poetry. And to celebrate my half a century as a poet and writer I have collected 25 poems & 25 writings for Its All Good: A John Sinclair Reader, which I hope to see published in an American edition this year, and hopefully by the publisher of this magazine for which I’ve written a column each month for the past four years.

Now I’m in the process of presenting excerpts from It’s All Good in this column, and this week’s episode is a look at the Detroit Artists Workshop by two of the founding members several months after its creation. This article has been edited from its original appearance in a magazine called New University Thought.

In the context of this column, it’s worth while to note that the Detroit Artists Workshop was a hotbed of weed smoking. We were breathing together to forge a creative conspiracy in the decrepit city of Detroit.

As we’ve seen in a previous installment of this column, the Detroit Narcotics Squad pinpointed the Artists Workshop and this writer as dangerous factors opposed to their utter control of the life of the city, and they caused us a world of pain. It's this Workshop in which we continued to make our art and organize ourselves for effective cultural action.

Finally, I gave the two joints in my famous marijuana case to an undercover policewoman—at the Artists Workshop.

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John Sinclair, the renegade poet, scholar and cultural revolutionary releases his new album on Monday 24th March 2014. John, has been described as an Archetype of the 1960′s art, music and literary synthesis, and who today, 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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Radio Free AmsterdamFounded January 1, 2005 and operated as a project of the John Sinclair Foundation, Radio Free Amsterdam is a grassroots internet radio experiment with unique music & arts programming contributed by independent broadcast producers from around the world and beamed out from our underground headquarters in Amsterdam over our 24-hour broadcast stream and as daily podcasts that remain archived on the Radio Free Amsterdam website.

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