Guitar Army: Rock and Revolution with The MC5 and the White Panther Party

Guitar Army: Rock and Revolution with The MC5 and the White Panther Party

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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The updated Guitar Army includes two dozen previously unpublished period photographs, recent writings from John Sinclair, and an introduction from Michael Simmons that leads the reader through the revolutionary times to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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781934170007
Publisher: Process
Publication date: 05/01/2007
Edition description: 2nd ed.
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

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
Preview     18
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

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