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£14.99Incendiary bebop beauty from the renegade poet John Sinclair with hand drawn cover artwork by YOUTH. If we ever needed a passionate beat soul speaking words of wisdom, it's now, and John Sinclair - Revolutionary, Jazzman - lays it down.Visit product page →
Bohemian ex-manager of the MC5, Sinclair was central to 1960's counterculture. A year or two back he met producer YOUTH (Primal Scream, U2), and got dragged into the 21st Century.
The result is a hypnotic celebration of personal freedom; laid-back thoughts spoken in John Sinclair's gruff, grainy drawl, draped against blues, bebop and trip-hop.
Do It, with it's lonesome sax, echoes Paddy McAloon's intimate I Trawl The Megahertz: 'In those days, to make poetry and art - ¦that wasn't called for. But you did it, even though you knew you would never get paid - ¦' Brilliant Corners is a wild tribute to Jack Kerouac, and Sitarrtha offers, 'If we're lucky, music will bring us through, and we'll wake up singing.' What a dude. - Glyn Brown **** Mojo Magazine August 2017.
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Detroit's Iconic 'White Panther' introduces himself as 'a beatnik, dope fiend, poet provocateur, race traitor and renegade. Living from hand to mouth and euro to euro, sleeping on the couches and extra beds of my friends.
A man without a country and a post office box in New Orleans for a permanent address.' Reciting his beat poetry in a sub-baritone growl, John waxes lyrical about John Lennon, Thelonious Monk, Kerouac, Ginsberg and Burroughs, and issues a libertarian's charter on 'Ain't Nobody's Business.'
Beautiful two disc CD containing 13 songs produced by Youth, who plays bass in Killing Joke and has worked with artists like The Orb, The Verve, U2, Pink Floyd, and Crowded House.
Beatnik Youth ranges from raucous rock n'roll to psychedelic jazz and abstract soundscapes. Throughout, Sinclair's voice functions as an anchor, taking on an American social landscape bursting with civil unrest and self-reinvention as Youth's modernist production swirls around him.
Immortalized by John Lennon's 1972 song that bears his name, Sinclair is an iconic figure of 60s counterculture, famous for, among other things, having co-founded the White Panther Party and for managing Detroit's legendary leftist proto-punk outfit MC5.
Release Date: 16/03/2018
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John, has been described as an Archetype of the 1960's art, music and literary synthesis, and who today, is still kicking with both feet on his trajectory for cultural transformation. His new record features ten tracks from his book of verse: always know: a book of monk. Twenty poems planted firmly in a single-shot session, and carefully trimmed down to ten exhibits for this album. Beatnik poems, great odes and personal reflections of the Be-Bop jazz persuasion, all flowering together.
First conceived of in Detroit City, spring 1982, and developed throughout the 1980s with streaks of fresh edits leading right up to the session itself, John navigates some of these texts for the first time in over twenty years, free-styling his energized sincerity and attention to every word, transforming the text on the page into his unique unmistakable spoken word. The music was written and arranged by Steve Fly who mirrored John's poems in the music by initially combing the tempo of the original songs recorded by John 'Dizzy' Gillespie, Charlie 'Bird' Parker and Thelonious Monk.
Steve The Fly is a native of Stourbridge UK, now an Amsterdam resident who plays drums, spins vinyl, writes novels and literary and cultural commentary. He also maintains a flock of websites and works in various other art forms without visible restraint. His other music projects have included New Flesh, Garaj Mahal, Temple Dragon band, of course he is now full time with John Sinclair.
These songs are further utilized by John's poetic method so that each title and the rhythm of his poetry can piggy-back upon the same song title, and rhythm, of an original composition set in history, for extra rooting. Steve put down drums, turntables, cello-bass, flute, and glockenspiel, shooting to play around the vocal lead lines and diverse expressions from John. All artwork was cradled and visualized by the post-industrial imagination of CHU. CHU's work has included projects with Banksy and Jamie Hewlett among many others, and he has been described as the 'Escher of UK street art' and founder of Graffiti Bastards.
The album is to be released by Birmingham based Iron Man Records whose releases have included The Nightingales, Howard Marks, P.A.I.N (Propaganda And Information Network), and Police Bastard, amongst others. The album is beautifully packaged in a double gatefold cd wallet with artwork by CHU in full colour and a ten page booklet. Mohawk illustrates the kind of care and attention a John Sinclair record deserves. After all, he kinda helped start this underground art explosion.
2. Straight No Chaser
3. Leap Frog 1:33
4. Relaxin' With Lee
7. Nobody Knows (Nobody Cares)
8. My Melancholy Baby
9. An Oscar For Treadwell
10. Carolina Moon