So,I came across this video. Pretty awesome stuff.
this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
in the stir for breathin' air.
Legend has it he got his guitar repaired at Herb David.
Stevie Wonder was great that night, too. Much of the show was simulcast on FM.
Long stretches of pure boredom wrapped around tedious speechifying punctuated by some pretty good music with the smell of pot heavy in the air. Teegarden and Vanwinkle, who nobody's ever heard of except in the Detroit area, were great. I still remember ex-Black Panther Bobby Seale declaring "the solution to the pollution is the evolution of revolution," which is great alliteration but rather nonsensical.
And Yoko still sucks.
John was riding the white horse that night.
Yoko is absolutely worthless up there. Looks like an idiot Just randomly hitting that sorry excuse for an instrument.
and reading what Sinclair himself said, he was an idiot. That Lennon could be sucked into all that was a sign of the times. And I am (was in college) a big Lennon fan. No sugarcoating.
I'm not going to defend Sinclair or the White Panther Party, because I agree that he was an idiot. But 9-10 years in prison for two joints? Come on, man.
It's not unfair to say Lennon went through his political period in the years immediately following the breakup of the Beatles quite clumsily and naively. But it's that essential characteristic of his, that always seeking, never satisfied hunger for new experience, his insatiable curiosity, that made him a far more compelling artist than, say, a Paul McCartney. As deeply as he immersed himself with the revolutionaries in Greenwich Village when he first arrived in New York, so did he eventually distance himself from hard-line politics in the years before his death. And that's what made his death so much more tragic-- he had seemingly turned a corner in his life where he had made peace with himself, with Yoko, with the Beatles, with growing old, with the world, really.
I respect that Lennon did some stupid things because he went all out. That will create highs and lows, and I do not begrudge that. I do not critique Lennon, just observe. The real critique is the craziness of 1968-1972, which is a pet interest of mine in the last five years. I no longer have the idol worship of Lennon that I had in 1979, but I am not out to get him. Sinclair is another matter. I have no first hand knowledge and was not there at the time. But you should read his writings on google.
Don't know if you all remember this, but the crowd refused to leave until a phone call was placed to John at Marquette Prison. I was shocked as shit they allowed it, but they did.
The Rainbow People's Party, the White Panthers and the Black Panthers all had houses on Hill Street--close to the Trans Love House--where people went to score. Remember those riots in Ann Arbor? Well, Roy and Ray Nicholson started them by doing wheelies on their new 750 Triumph Tridents the wrong way on State Street. Then it got political, you know, just because. Those were the days...
Anyways, showing my age. I could go on telling all kinds of tales about the sixties and the seventies, but I have some clouds I need to yell at.