John Sinclair Freedom Rally Program: December 10, 1971 with: FREE JOHN NOW! Postcard. Rennie Davis, Allen Ginsberg, John Lennon, Phil Ochs, Jerry Rubin, Ed Sanders, Bobby Seale, Archie Shepp, Leni Sinclair.
John Sinclair Freedom Rally Program: December 10, 1971 with: FREE JOHN NOW! Postcard
John Sinclair Freedom Rally Program: December 10, 1971 with: FREE JOHN NOW! Postcard
John Sinclair Freedom Rally Program: December 10, 1971 with: FREE JOHN NOW! Postcard

John Sinclair Freedom Rally Program: December 10, 1971 with: FREE JOHN NOW! Postcard

Ann Arbor, MI: Rainbow People's Party, 1971. First Printing. Newspaper / Single Sheet. Perhaps the rarest of our Sinclair offerings to-date and one of the most interesting items we've yet obtained from the Mikolowski collection is this original program from the John Sinclair Freedom Rally that took place on December 10, 1971 at the Crisler Arena. John Sinclair and his Artists' Workshop played an invaluable and integral role in the lives of Ken & Ann Mikolowski. Ken & Ann were living in Detroit's Cass Corridor during the heyday of the Artists' Workshop, and Ken would end up buying the press formerly owned by the Artists' Workshop to start the "Alternative Press." Sinclair was a community force, not unlike Ed Sanders & Allen Ginsberg, two other poets who were important influences on Ken and the vision of the "Alternative Press." Sanders is quoted in this publication with his signature verve as saying: "John Sinclair has been victimized for two & a half years by a system of evil that smiles at Lt. Calley, lets Rockefeller snuff the innocent, worships an interstate concrete night full of berserk robot hamburgers in rot carts, that lets the war lords of the CIA & South America smuggle heroin for the grade schoolers of America, that lets General Electric manufacture light bulbs that last about a half hour--a system that has enslaved John Sinclair for possession of a famous head-ache remedy from George Washington's farm." This particular copy is made special through the fact that Ken was something of a "VIP" at this event--he was hanging out backstage with Allen Ginsberg, and one of Ginsberg's many jobs of the day was to convince John Lennon to still take the stage in support of Sinclair's cause as he had promised. This was Lennon's first public appearance after the Beatles had split, and he was considering calling it off at the last minute, although he was widely acknowledged as the reason for the event drawing so many, as it did. Ginsberg had to go into Lennon & Yoko Ono's green room and plead with John, reminding him of this event's great importance and how potent of a statement he could make for this cause with his appearance. Lennon was persuaded, as Ginsberg almost never failed in that regard--and it was only because John was in such a state that Ken & Ann weren't in that same green room with Allen, John & Yoko. Also included is an original postcard with the words "FREE JOHN NOW!" center-aligned in Pet Sounds-esque Cooper Black font, with a Warholian image of Sinclair being subdued and booked by government authorities that includes a marijuana plant faintly visible in dots pasted over the preceding image. On the back of the postcard is a printed note addressed to then-governor William Milliken, the republican holding office at this time. Below the printed message is a "name" and "address" field. Newspaper in fine-very fine condition with significant spotting to front cover, minor yellowing to pages; minute chipping at bottom from basic shelf-wear. Postcard in very fine condition with only the tiniest bump at top left-hand corner. Fine-Very Fine / Very Fine. [Item #2954]

Price: $150.00