Hailed as the “Last of the Beatnik Warrior Poets” (Mick Farren) and “The Hardest Working Poet in Show Business” (Ben Edmonds), JOHN SINCLAIR is likewise a music journalist widely recognized as one of America’s leading authorities on blues and modern jazz. It’s All Good: A John Sinclair Reader is a sampling of Sinclair’s journalism and verse spanning over forty years. It includes selections from his epic works in verse — always know: a book of monk and Fattening Frogs For Snakes: Delta Sound Suite — as well as writings on Jack Kerouac, Iggy Pop, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, John Lennon, Sun Ra, Dr John, Willie King, Irma Thomas, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Bob “Righteous” Rudnick, Johnnie Bassett, the Mardi Gras Indians of New Orleans, the White Buffalo Prophesy, and the North Mississippi Hill Country Blues.
It’s All Good also illuminates Sinclair’s legendary period as a cultural revolutionary and political prisoner manager of the MC5, Chairman of the White Panther Party, producer of the Ann Arbor Blues Jazz Festival, and director of the Detroit Jazz Center. There’s evidence too of Sinclair’s years at WWOZ Radio in New Orleans where he was voted the city’s favorite DJ.
Selected by the author this substantial cache of underground literature was originally published in music magazines, alternative newspapers, liner notes for obscure record labels, foreign editions and out-of-print books of poetry. Includes 32 iconic photographs from the 1960s and 1970s by by Leni Sinclair