Episode 30

Published on:

7th Mar 2023

John Sinclair (Freedoms and Imprisonments)

The sound of John Sinclair giving his poetry to a room is a deep motion, a rumble from some planetary layer. The sound of John Sinclair giving this interview is a hurricane motion, a gale force communication from a past and present that cannot be ignored. His is a story that includes great artists of our time, of his time — the 1960s especially — of a time that feels long ago until you hear the voices again ... huge, urgent, howling. Poet, activist, ally, cause celebre, White Panther, prisoner, a free man — and all the complications that come with all those things — this is John Sinclair on 'All Your Days.'

Clips in this episode:

  1. My Buddy (John Sinclair & His Boston Blues Scholars, ‘Steady Rollin' Man’ - 2001)
  2. Sentimental Journey (Les Brown, 'Best of the Big Bands' - c.1944)
  3. Maybellene (Chuck Berry, 'The Definitive Collection' - 1955)
  4. Rebel Without A Cause (d. Nicholas Ray, 1955)
  5. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (The Rolling Stones, 'Hot Rocks 1964–1971' - 1965)
  6. I Am Not Your Negro (d. Raoul Peck, 2017)
  7. Kick Out the Jams (Uncensored Version) (MC5, 'The Big Bang!' - c.1969)
  8. WPP Central Committee - Music is a Revolutionary Force (p. Cary Loren, field recording - c.1968–69)
  9. D. C. B. A. 25 (Jefferson Airplane, 'Surrealistic Pillow' - 1967)
  10. Abbie Hoffman incident - Woodstock (field recording - 1969)
  11. John Sinclair (John Lennon, 'Some Time in New York City' - 1972)
  12. Do It (John Sinclair, 'Beatnik Youth' - 2017)
  13. Ain't Nobody's Business (John Sinclair, 'Beatnik Youth' - 2017)
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About the Podcast

All Your Days
A podcast about creativity, art, work, crisis, and persistence.
'All Your Days' is a weekly podcast and newsletter featuring conversations, essays, reviews and roundups with a focus on creativity, art, work, crisis, persistence, and how creative lives transform over time.

Host: James O'Brien

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James O'Brien

James O’Brien is a studio recording artist who toured the U.S. and the U.K. from 1998–2004 playing politically aware rock and roll, sometimes solo and sometimes with a band. In 2017, after a 13-year hiatus, he began to release new material again, and in 2022 he became the host of 'All Your Days — The Podcast'.