“Guitar Army was our manual for revolt. It’s a rainbow-colored Howl, still resonating today with the singular value of idealism.”—Michael Simmons
John Sinclair, manager of the notorious Detroit band MC5 and leader of the leftist revolutionary vanguard White Panther Party, is the still-charging embodiment of a dazzlingly optimistic time in which change felt necessary and possible.
Sinclair was the martyr of the original war on drugs, sentenced to ten years in prison for possession of two marijuana joints. Guitar Army is the iconographic book that proclaimed “Rock and Roll is a Weapon of Cultural Revolution” for young, revved-up readers in 1972. Its author was released from prison just three days after 15,000 people came to see John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Archie Shepp, Allen Ginsberg, and other musicians and leaders demand his freedom.
The updated Guitar Army includes two dozen previously unpublished period photographs, recent writings from John Sinclair, and an introduction from Michael Simmons that leads the reader through the revolutionary times to Sinclair’s life today.
A bonus CD contains rare music recordings of MC5 band members, the revolutionary rock group UP!, Black Panther Bobby Seale on the White Panthers, and original White Panther Party rallies.
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About the Author
Manager of the revolutionary rock band MC5 and leader of the White Panther Party. International attention and the support of John Lennon came after his imprisonment for possession of marijuana.
Table of Contents
Introduction Michael Simmons 12
Street Writings 1968-69
Total Assault on the Culture 48
Kick Out The Jams, Motherfucker 56
White Panther State/Meant 88
White Panthers on the Move 92
Rock & Roll Is a Weapon of Cultural Revolution 96
Two Virgins 102
Community Radio 108
Informed Sources 114
Our Culture Is a Revolutionary Culture 122
Backdrop to Urban Revolution: Some New Black Music 130
Killer Blues 136
Prison Writings 1969-71
Transcript of Sentencing Proceedings 142
The Penitentiary Ain't Shit To Be Afraid Of 150
We Are A People 180
Bringin' It All Back Home 200
The Lesson of Goose Lake 220
Slaughter at Stonehead Manor 228
Vietnam Parking Lot Blues 238
Operation Jones 244
Rainbow Power 252
Free At Last 264
Long Live the Black Panther Party 272
The Lessons of July 23 276
Rainbow Reading & Listening List 294