FREE JOHN NOW! Postcard. John Sinclair.


Ann Arbor, MI: Rainbow People's Party, 1971. First Printing. Single Sheet. Offered here is an original postcard petitioning for the release of John Sinclair, the seminal countercultural activist whose "Total Assault on the Culture!" began with his founding of the Artists' Workshop in Detroit, Michigan. Sinclair was immortalized by John Lennon in his song, "John Sinclair" which chronicled Sinclair's unfair, deceitful arrest and imprisonment. The efforts of Lennon, the Ann Arbor Freedom Rally and a number of other events eventually succeeded in the commuting of Sinclair's sentence. Sinclair and his efforts with the "White Panther Party" are who we have to thank for such accepting liberal marijuana laws in Ann Arbor, and arguably for the entire state of Michigan. Sinclair is a world-renowned author, speaker, and activist and still today champions the use and worldwide legalization of marijuana with frequent appearances at cannabis-related events around the world. This postcard features 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. From the collection of Ken & Ann Mikolowski, protégés of John Sinclair and founders of Detroit's visionary "Alternative Press," publishers and friends of many "New York School," Beat Generation, and "Black Mountain" authors. Ken & Ann would go on to buy the printing press owned by Sinclair's Artists' Workshop and start the "Alternative Press" with it. In very fine condition with only the slightest bump to top left-hand corner of back cover. Very Fine. [Item #2955]

Price: $50.00

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