The Nightingales – Free download & October 2014 gigs

October 20, 2014

Nightingales - Out of True

Following a hiccup earlier in the year, thanks to a studio in Birmingham erasing four ‘Gales recordings (yeah really), the band are pleased to announce that their free download Covers Club is up and running again. Please take a listen to the latest cover version and forward the link to your family and friends.
http://thenightingales.bandcamp.com/

Also… the Nightingales along with their mate Ted Chippington are playing a few shows this month in remembrance & in celebration of John Peel who died ten years ago on October 25

Wed 22 – LONDON, Dublin Castle + I, Ludricous & The Mighty Clang Band (Clive Langer w/ Andy McKay & others, including Suggs?)
http://www.wegottickets.com/event/278323
https://www.facebook.com/events/304440333082020/

Fri 24 – SCARBOROUGH, Corporation Club + Eton Crop, Crumplehorns, The Subterranean Gentlemen & Lottie Holmes
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/scarborough-john-peel-day-10th-anniversary-gig-with-the-nightingales-tickets-12473044211
https://www.facebook.com/events/570950153024782/

Sat 25 – STOCKTON ON TEES, Georgian Theatre + Blue Orchids, Terry And Gerry, The Wolfhounds, Inca Babies, Eton Crop,
A Witness, The Great Leap Forward, Crumplehorns, The Things, Pellethead & Terry Edwards
http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/bigfigurepromotions
https://www.facebook.com/events/489508031195030/

Mon 27 – SHREWSBURY, The Vaults + Heartbeat Wunderbar
http://www.caroline-true-records.com/products/john-peel-celebration-evening-nightingales-ted-chippington-the-vaults-shrewsbury-monday-27th-october-2014
https://www.facebook.com/events/508165502653020/

www.thenightingales.org.uk
www.facebook.com/thenightingalesuk
https://twitter.com/_Nightingales

You can buy all sorts of Nightingales stuff in the Iron Man Shop

Police Bastard Interview – Bald Cactus #31 – 2014

October 18, 2014

Andy at Bald Cactus has put together an interview with Police Bastard in issue #31. Here it is in full, you can email Andy and get a copy of the Fanzine for a £1 here
Police Bastard Interview - Bald Cactus #31 - 2014 (1)

Police Bastard Interview - Bald Cactus #31 - 2014 (2)
Police Bastard Interview - Bald Cactus #31 - 2014 (3)

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The Full Cosmic Trigger Experience 22nd/23rd November 2014

October 18, 2014

The Full Cosmic Trigger Experience 22nd/23rd November 2014

The Full Cosmic Trigger Experience
Find The Others
Conferestival

If you are interested in finding out more about Robert Anton Wilson, The writing (and living) of Illuminatus, the cult novel which launched a million conspiracy-freaks; Stumbling, via LSD and Aleister Crowley onto a 6500-year-old conversation with the planet Sirius; Dreaming up the formula, with Timothy Leary, of positive human evolution; Co-conspiring to create the Discordian religion, which worships Eris, the Goddess of Chaos and Confusion; Tantric sex, musical sing-alongs and mass initiations; Bob’s fellow Discordian being accused of being “the second Oswald” in JFK’s assassination; Mind-blowing visual effects, extraordinary musical soundscapes, and proper “Ken Campbell style” acting; The journey through Chapel Perilous, a dangerous occultist crossing point, from which one either emerges paranoid or agnostic. This might be for you…..

Performance, Speakers, Art, Music Cinema, Rituals, Workshops, Poetry, Quizzes, Stalls, Discordian Papal Ball.

Prof. Robert Temple, Robin Ince, Nina Conti, Youth, Adam Gorightly, Johnny “Dolphin” Allen, C.J. Stone, John Higgs, Dr. David Luke, Greg Sams, Jeff young, Liverpool Impropriety, T.C. Lethbridge, DJ Kin, Michael Brunstrom, Dr. David Bramwell, John Constable, Salena Godden, Jacqueline Genie, Adrian Reynolds, Jamie Reid, Jimmy Cauty.

Camp and Furnace, Liverpool L1 0BY

14:23-02:23 Sat 22nd november 2014 (Play and Ball)

11:23-23:23 Sun 23 Nov 2014 (Conferestival)

Tickets £69 (full weekend = play and ball and festival)

Phone The Everyman box office: 0151 709 4776

John Sinclair – NYC Tour Dates October 2014

October 17, 2014

John Sinclair - NYC Tour Dates October 2014

Oct 17 – 11pm West End Lounge

Oct 18 – 8pm Parkside Lounge

Oct 21 – 10pm Sidewalk Cafe

Oct 22 – 5pm Otto’s

Oct 23 – 10.30pm Sidewalk cafe

Oct 24 – Beast Of Bourbon

John Sinclair is best known as the Sixties “marijuana” activist who was sentenced to 10 years in prison for giving two joints to an undercover policewoman. He was eventually freed when John Lennon and Yoko Ono spoke out on his behalf.

Less understood is his role as the founder and chairman of the radical anti-war group, The White Panther Party, an offshoot of the Black Panthers. The Black Panther Party was a militant political organization formed after the brutal murders of Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and Robert Kennedy.

The Nixon Administration and the FBI launched a secret program called COINTELPRO to disrupt and ultimately destroy the Black Panthers and the Anti-War movement. As part of this program, John Sinclair was set up and imprisoned on marijuana charges. When the government could no longer justify denying him a bond over two joints, they falsely charged him with a Federal conspiracy to blow up a CIA station, in order to make him disappear.

You can find John Sinclair Books, CDs and other interesting stuff in the Iron Man Shop

 

Free The Weed 44 by John Sinclair

October 16, 2014

John Sinclair at 12 Bar Club, London, Sunday 11th May 2014

Highest greetings from New Haven, Connecticut, where I’m visiting my sister Kathy in the middle of a 3-week trip to the East Coast before ending up with a week in New York City and a train ride back to Detroit in time for the 50th anniversary celebration of the founding of the Detroit Artists Workshop on November 1, 1964.

Just after I filed my last column I flew out to Portland, Oregon to perform at the Hempstalk Festival along with my man John Trudell and his band Bad Dog. They’ve been doing this for 20 years and just this year received the City’s approval to hold the event in a popular downtown riverside park but had to agree to ban smoking the herb from the premises for the duration of the weekend, and to hire security guards to enforce the rules and search people’s bags.

Consequently the attendance this year was literally decimated, with only 8,000 people at the park as compared with the 80,000 who attended last year’s Hempstalk at a rural location. Everyone there had a great time, and smokers gathered near the river outside the dimensions of the park to get high and ridicule the guardians of the social order.

The craziest thing is that Oregon will be voting for legalization of weed in November and the initiative is well expected to pass, so next year’s Hempstalk is highly likely to enjoy legal smoking by the discerning public in attendance.

After Hempstalk I flew back to Detroit for a few days and then started a little East Coast trip at the Maine Harvest Ball on Harry’s Hill Farm outside of Starks, Maine, where it rained all day when I was there but the attendants weren’t really fazed at all and carried on inside and outside their snug little tents. I had the pleasure of performing with a pair of splendid saxophonists from Portland ME called the Hardy Brothers and a veteran rhythm section, and we had a ball. Harry’s assembled a great group of people to run the shows at his farm and they’ve been doing this for a long time.

Maine has legal medical marijuana and has legalized weed in Portland, with a couple more cities soon to follow. I couldn’t be served at the dispensaries with my Michigan patient’s card but I found some excellent locally-grown smoke in Portland and just below the Maine border in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where I played for my dear friend Bruce Pingree at the Press Room one night.

My next stop was Lowell, Massachusetts for the annual Lowell Celebrates Kerouac festival, one of my favorite gatherings of all. I try to go to Lowell every fall to honor my literary hero, Jack Kerouac, along with the people of the town where he grew up and also lived later in life. This year I had the honor of performing with David Amram, the venerable pianist, composer, French horn and pennywhistle player who started doing poetry & jazz with Jack Kerouac in New York City in 1957.

I got my whole idea of what life could be like when I read Kerouac’s masterpiece On The Road when it was issued in September 1957, just weeks before my 16th birthday. The life of poetry, jazz, marijuana and adventure chronicled in Kerouac’s works was just what I wanted for myself, and I embraced it at an early age.

Lowell Celebrates Kerouac is particularly attractive to me because of the way his home town recognizes Jack Kerouac’s genius every October and also year-round with a memorial park on the banks of the river downtown that features a series of granite pillars with the author’s words from various of his works carved into them.

Despite the fact that he was reviled by the squares of America as “King of the Beatniks,” Lowell honors its native son by exalting his works in poetry and prose and making sure that the great bard is remembered in the city he immortalized in books like The Town and The City, Doctor Sax, Maggie Cassady and others.

I always say that if you went to my home town of Davison, Michigan, they probably wouldn’t admit that I’d ever lived there. Neither has the city of my birth, Flint, Michigan, gone anywhere out of its way to acknowledge that I got my start as a poet and writer there when I attended Flint Junior College and the Flint College of the University of Michigan.

But as they say, that’s neither here nor there. I’m not in this racket for the rewards or the adulation. I learned about the love of writing and creative activity by reading the works of Jack Kerouac and his peers when I was a very young man, and I’ve followed the path laid out in their works for all the years since.

While preparing for the 50th anniversary celebration of the birth of the Detroit Artists Workshop which will be held at the Scarab Club and MOCAD—the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit—between November 1-9, I came across the Supreme Court ruling in my landmark marijuana case, and I was shocked to read in the opinion of Justice Swainson that my troubles with the law in this case had started when they decided to infiltrate the Detroit Artists Workshop.

Justice Swainson writes:

“Defendant John Sinclair was arrested on January 24, 1967, and charged with the unlawful sale and unlawful possession of two marijuana cigarettes.”

“The Detroit Police Department Narcotics Bureau had instructed Patrolman Vahan Kapagian and Policewoman Jane Mumford Lovelace to assist in an investigation of illegal activities involving narcotic violations in an area surrounding Wayne State University and, in particular, an establishment known as the Artists’ Workshop which was located at 4863 John Lodge, in the City of Detroit. Defendant Sinclair made his residence above the Artists’ Workshop, at 4867 John Lodge.”

“The officers assisted in doing typing and other odd chores at the Artists’ Workshop, including sweeping floors and collating literature. They sat in at communal dinners and provided the food for one of these dinners. They joined a group called LEMAR, which advocated that marijuana be legalized. They listened to poetry and helped in the preparation of certain literature.”

“Officer Kapagian testified that on December 22nd, at about 7 p.m., defendant asked them to accompany him upstairs to his residence. Defendant rolled a [marijuana] cigarette, which he gave to Kapagian. Kapagian handed this cigarette to Lovelace. Defendant then rolled a second cigarette, lit it, and handed it to Kapagian. The officer said he did not want to smoke it then because he had to drive and the cigarette would make him dizzy.”

“Kapagian gave the cigarette to Lovelace after defendant Sinclair had butted it. At that time they said they had to leave, and departed. Sinclair was not arrested for committing a felony in the officers’ presence because, as Kapagian stated, he did not want to tip his hand since numerous arrests were to be made as the result of this investigation.”

This is the way they did it way back at the beginning of the War On Drugs, and it’s wonderful to contemplate that their day will soon be over—50 years later! Free The Weed, once and for all!

—New Haven CT
October 16, 2014

© 2014 John Sinclair. All Rights Reserved.

The Full Cosmic Trigger Experience – Find The Others Conferestival 22-23rd November 2014

October 11, 2014

The Full Cosmic Trigger Experience 22nd/23rd November 2014

The Full Cosmic Trigger Experience 22nd/23rd November 2014
Find The Others
Conferestival

Performance, Speakers, Art, Music Cinema, Rituals, Workshops, poetry, Quizzes, Stalls, Discordian Papal Ball.

Prof. Robert Temple, Robin ince, Nina Conti, Youth, Adam Gorightly, Johnny “Dolphin” Allen, C.J. Stone, John Higgs, Dr. David Luke, Greg Sams, Jeff young, Liverpool Impropriety, TC Lethbridge, DJ Kin, Michael Brunstrom, Dr. david david Bramwell, John Constable, Salena Godden, Jacqueline Genie, Adrian reynolds, Jamie Reid, Jimmy Cauty.

Camp and furnace, Liverpool L1 0BY

14:23-02:23 Sat 22nd november 2014 (Play and Ball)

11:23-23:23 Sun 23 Nov 2014 (Conferestival)

Tickets £69 (full weekend = play and ball and festival)

Phone The Everyman box office: 0151 709 4776

More info: www.cosmictriggerplay.com