Hotei Euro Tour 2017

March 21, 2017

Japanese superstar HOTEI returns to Europe in April 2017 with live dates scheduled in Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and Belgium, playing in many cities for the very first time.

Says Hotei:

My career started from playing in small clubs in Japan, and we built it up to the level where I was able to play in front of stadiums full of screaming fans.

And now, I’m opening the door to the world, starting again from playing small clubs in new, unfamiliar places. Back to basics, never lose your ambition even in your success―that’s my philosophy. One step at a time with your own steps, that’s the only way to achieve your dreams.

I can guarantee you that you will be up on your feet dancing once you hear me play live with my amazing band, even if you are not familiar with me. Those who are bored with experiencing live performances with no soul will be surprised at how refreshing it is to see a real ‘live’ performance!

I am really looking forward to meeting as many people as possible on this Euro tour! If you can’t connect with the soul of the audience in front of you, there’s no chance to grab the hearts of thousands!

Hotei celebrated his 35th anniversary in music in 2016 with a new “Best of” album release and an extensive touring schedule in Japan, with 57 dates across the country. The shows ranged from intimate club shows, to a free open-air concert in his hometown in front of 25,000 fans and finishing the year with his 40th performance at the Budokan in Tokyo on December 30th, where Hotei performed 35 songs to celebrate his 35 years in music.

Hotei also found time in 2016 to continue building his international profile, striking up a personal and professional relationship with Italian superstar Zucchero and performing on his latest, platinum selling, album “Black Cat”. Hotei and Zuccchero performed live together several times in 2016, including Zucchero’s first ever performance in Japan at a special event in Tokyo, and at headline shows at the Royal Albert Hall in London and Arena Di Verona in Italy.

That special relationship has continued into 2017 with Hotei joining Zucchero on stage at the prestigious San Remo Festival in Italy in February, a major TV performance viewed by millions.

Also in 2016, Hotei released singles with godfather of punk Iggy Pop and Richard Z. Kruspe (from Emigrate/Rammstein) from his critically acclaimed debut international album, “Strangers”, and performed his first-ever LA show at the legendary Troubador, returned to the Highline Ballroom in New York, and performed headline dates in Amsterdam, Paris and Berlin.

Hotei released his debut international album, Strangers, in 2015 through Spinefarm Records, a subsidiary of Universal Music. The album features an array of guests including the godfather of punk Iggy Pop singing on two songs, Emigrate/Rammstein’s Richard Z. Kruspe, Bullet For My Valentine’s Matt Tuck, Noko from UK electronic band pioneers Apollo 440, and acclaimed Texan singer Shea Seger.

Heralded by Time Out as “iconic”, and a genuine superstar in his native Japan where he has sold more than 40 million records, Hotei is best known internationally for his Kill Bill theme ‘Battle Without Honor or Humanity’ and is sought-after as a collaborator both in the studio and on stage.

http://www.hotei.com

https://www.facebook.com/HOTEI

Hotei – European Tour April 2017

March 17, 2017

I will be working with Hotei in April. For those of you interested to know, his website says “We’ve added a couple more shows to the Euro tour, which now encompasses shows in Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and Belgium. Tickets are available now for all shows. Hotei will be joined by longstanding live collaborator, Zac Alford on drums, Japanese keyboard player Okuno, and London based all rounder Noko, who will be playing bass.”

Hotei’s new album “Strangers” features collaborations with the legendary Iggy Pop, Richard Z. Kruspe from European rock gods Emigrate/Rammstein, Matt Tuck from British rock band Bullet For My Valentine, Noko from electronic music pioneers Apollo 440 and acclaimed Texas singer Shea Seger.

Hotei comments, “When I was a teenager I was going to the record shops to buy everything I could by The Beatles, The Stones, Led Zeppelin… I soon realised that almost all of it was British. With idols like David Bowie and T-Rex, I’ve always felt a strong connection to the UK and now that I am living in London, ‘Strangers’ allows me to take a step out of this new and relatively anonymous space to introduce myself. A stranger to many, remembering the days when I was young and just starting out, playing gigs to a room of only 20 people, I want to connect with people individually and let them understand me through my music.”

11th April 2017 Euro Tour: Frankfurt, Zoom
12th April 2017 Euro Tour: Cologne, Clubbahnof Ehrenfeld
14th April 2017 Euro Tour: Amsterdam, Paradiso
15th April 2017 Euro Tour: Paaspop Festival, Netherlands
17th April 2017 Euro Tour: Hamburg, Indra Club
18th April 2017 Euro Tour: Berlin, Musik + Frieden
21st April 2017 Euro Tour: Zurich, Papiersaal
22nd April 2017 Euro Tour: Brussels, Rotonde Botanique

Hope to see some of you on the road…..you can find out more on Hotei’s website. He’s a kind and decent bloke but he’s a demon on the guitar. Come and see…..

http://www.hotei.com/en/

Nightingales + Ted Chippington – UK Tour Dates in May 2016

April 25, 2016

Nightingales + Ted Chippington - UK Tour Dates in May 2016

NIGHTINGALES + Ted Chippington
UK Tour May 2016

Thu 12 – BRIGHTON, Green Door Store
Fri 13 – BRISTOL, Thunderbolt
Sat 14 – BIRMINGHAM, Flapper & Firkin
Mon 16 – LONDON, Birthdays (Dalston)
Tue 17 – MARGATE, Tom Thumb Theatre SOLD OUT
Wed 18 – MARGATE, Tom Thumb Theatre
Thu 19 – CARDIFF, Moon Club
Fri 20 – OXFORD, Cellar Bar
Sat 21 – DERBY, Hairy Dog
Tue 24 – LEICESTER, Firebug
Thu 26 – MANCHESTER, Gullivers
Fri 27 – BRADFORD, 1 In 12 Club
Sat 28 – EDINBURGH, Leith Depot
Sun 29 – NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, Cluny 2

Buy Nightingales stuff: http://ironmanrecords.bigcartel.com/artist/nightingales

Buy Ted Chippington Vinyl: http://ironmanrecords.bigcartel.com/artist/ted-chippington

Read all about it: www.thenightingales.org.uk

John Sinclair – Tour Dates New Orleans 2016

February 11, 2016

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Fri. Feb. 12    7:30 p.m.     Piano Poetry Paint @ Frenchy Gallery (8314 Oak St.) with Tom Worrell, Lionel Batiste & Frenchy

Sat. Feb 13         3 p.m.     Louisiana Music Factory with the Carlo Ditta Trio (421 Frenchmen St.)

Mon. Feb 15      7 p.m.       Reading from “IT’S ALL GOOD” at Frenchy Gallery

Tue. Feb 16       7 p.m.       Reading from “IT’S ALL GOOD” at Frenchy Gallery

Wed. Feb 17      7 p.m.       Reading from “IT’S ALL GOOD” at Frenchy Gallery

Thu. Feb 18       7 p.m.       Reading from “IT’S ALL GOOD” at Frenchy Gallery

Fri. Feb 19         7 p.m.       Reading from “IT’S ALL GOOD” at Frenchy Gallery

Sun. Feb. 28    10 p.m.       d.b.a. with the Carlo Ditta Trio (618 Frenchmen St.)

Mon. Mar. 7     10 p.m.     Hi-Ho Lounge (2239 St. Claude), Instant Opus Improvised Series

Wed. Mar. 9       9 p.m.       Little Gem Saloon with the Carlo Ditta Trio  (445 S. Rampart St.)

Track John Sinclair on SongKick and get updates for shows as they are announced

Buy John Sinclair Books, Music and more here

Exodus + Lost Society + Police Bastard at The Asylum, Birmingham 25th February 2016 Tickets £17 adv

February 7, 2016

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Exodus – The original architects of the thrash metal scene.

The Asylum Venue, 38-42 Hampton Street, B19 3LS Birmingham, United Kingdom

EXODUS have battled every kind of adversity over the past 30 years and used it all as fuel to stoke their ever-raging fire. Short-lived trends, line-up shifts, label conflicts, even the death of founding vocalist Paul Baloff couldn’t stop the beast. And through it all, guitarist and songwriter Gary Holt has persevered with misanthropic indignation, rolling with the punches, reassembling the broken pieces and working with the eccentric personalities surrounding him to create some of the most trenchant, fast-paced, and unrelenting music that influenced everyone from Pantera to Lamb of God and continues to crush skulls at a time decades after most ‘80s thrash bands have retired.

With Blood In Blood Out, EXODUS’ tenth full-length studio album of new material, Holt, Hunting, Gibson, Altus, and Souza prove they still have the fortitude, chops, and talent to deliver top-notch, ballad-free tunes that stand out without straying from their band’s core aesthetic.

Support :

LOST SOCIETY (Finland) are the main tour support act. LS are an amazing thrash band, LS are – an amazing live act……Check out the latest album for your fill of a full on thrash assault….This is going to be insane.

POLICE BASTARD (U.K.) Birminghams own hardcore punk grind influenced aural onslaught. Fronted by Kerrangs John DOOM (Ex Doom / Haxan). Police Bastard are opening the show, and will provide a sure fire corking start to what will be the most full on evening Birmingham has seen for a while. The new album ‘Confined’ is destroying stereos all over….. Like your Integrity / Trap them / Amebix?………Well….

This is going to be an amazing event!!! Please ensure you get your tickets well in advance!!!!!!

Yes, in the Asylum BIG room!!!!!

A total thrash metal doss.

Doors 6:30 pm – First band on 7pm on the dot.

Tickets £17 from…..
https://www.theasylumvenue.co.uk/events/exodus-asylum-25th-feb/

Links :

Exodus:
https://www.facebook.com/exodusattack?fref=ts

Lost Society:
https://www.facebook.com/lostsocietyfinland/?fref=ts

Police Bastard:
https://www.facebook.com/Police-Bastard-44809514403/?fref=ts

Asylum venue:
https://www.theasylumvenue.co.uk/

Fear Me! Music:
https://www.facebook.com/FearMeMusic

Hostels / Hotels: Hatters Hostel (Livery St)

Seth Faergolzia – Multibird

January 18, 2016

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Here’s a message from Seth Faergolzia of Dufus:

“Hoping all is well with you… I’m super excited to announce that I’ll be touring the UK this summer with my stellar 4 piece band, Seth Faergolzia’s Multibird.  The last couple of tours I’ve done in the UK have been just solo or with a duo supporting Jeffrey Lewis, so I’m really pumped up about coming over with a solid band.  We will have drums, bass, electric guitar and myself as usual on acoustic guitar and vocals.  We are planning on coming to the UK July 11-20 and would really love to book something with you.  Any info you’d need regarding my music over the past 20 years is available on my website www.faergolzia.com

Let’s make something awesome happen!

Best,
Seth
www.faergolzia.com

You can buy Music by Seth Faergolzia and Dufus in the Iron Man Shop

“Phenomenal live.” – NME

“Kind and Scary.” – Spex

“Frantic fever-dream folk slashed through with rock stabs.” – The Onion

“As giddy and inventive as it is pissed off, it’s the 21st-century equivalent of the Fugs at their finest.” – Village Voice

“I have never heard anything like this before or since.” – Pop Matters

“Whip-smart pop song writing, intricately clever wordplay.” – KUSF/MTV San Francisco

“This is folk rock twisted and distorted into compelling new structures.” – Relix

“They took that saucepan and spoon and wrote a textured and intense opera… 9 of 10.” – Vice

“Tender, calm and epiphanistic lyrics.” – New York Press

“Seth Faergolzia could be the poster boy for anti-folk.” — Stylus

“Speaking in tongues on top of complex musical phrases, the inspiring frontman of Dufus makes music like nobody else.  Often impenetrable and uniquely original, his rightful place is beside Captain Beefheart and Zappa.”  –Adam Green, the Moldy Peaches

Dufus with Adam Green and Regina Spektor in Brooklyn Vegan:
http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2010/09/dufus_played_hi.html

Nightingales – Tour Dates in Europe September and October 2015

September 24, 2015

MAINLAND EUROPE

Wednesday 30th September: Ulm, DE – Cat Café
Thursday 1st October: Stuttgart, DE – Schocken
Friday 2nd October: St Gallen, CH – Palace
Saturday 3rd October: Ebensee, AT – Kino w/ Monochrome Set
Wednesday 7th October: Vienna, AT – Rhiz
Thursday 8th October: Budapest, HU – Durer Kert
Tuesday 13th October: Chemnitz, DE – Subway To Peter
Wednesday 14th October: Hamburg, DE – MS Stubnitz
Friday 16th October: Koln, DE – Night Of Surprise festival @ Stadtgarten w/ Holger Hiller

Buy Nightingales stuff: http://ironmanrecords.bigcartel.com/artist/nightingales

Read all about it: www.thenightingales.org.uk

Fuk Reddin – Music Festival 28/29/30th Aug 2015 at T-Chances, 399 High Rd, London N17 6QN

August 21, 2015

Fuk Reddin - Music Festival 28/29/30th Aug 2015 at T-Chances, 399 High Rd, London N17 6QN

Annual Bank Holiday weekend punk festival at the best DIY venue in London. Booze, punk rock, bands from UK and beyond.

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Venue: T-Chances, 399 High Rd, London N17 6QN

4pm till late each day.
Advance tickets: Day £10, Weekend £25
On the door: Day £12, Weekend £30
Cheap Bar and food available + Distro stalls etc
No Blaggers, No Dogs, No Troublemakers

Day splits in no particular order

FRIDAY

Black Water County, Butcher Baby, Defcon Zero, Eat Defeat, Nembutal, Noise Complaint, Police Bastard, Smokey Bastard, Ratio Zero, Svetlanas, Tarantism, Mind

SATURDAY

Bucha Effect, Count Spatular, Damidge, Clunge Plunger, Declaration of War, Luvdump, Nuke On Route, Obscene Revenge, Primeval Soup, Revenge Of The Psychotronic Man, Tosserlad, Toxic Bonkers, Volatile Idea

SUNDAY

Public Order Act, AntiBastard, Baptist Killing Spree, Atterkop, Blatoidea, Deadneck, Jakal, Flowers of Flesh and Blood, Dysteria, John Player Specials, Lamo, Sanction This, Varukers

There’s still a few more to be added so watch this space

Advance tickets – £25 for weekend/£10 per day
http://fukreddinfest.tumblr.com/

Pre-sales will go off sale Monday 24th August at midday

On the door tickets – £30 for weekend/ £12 per day

Nearby Hostels

Bell and Hare
724-726 High Road
London N17 0AE
(10 min walk from venue)

Fountain Hotel
125 West Green road , London, N15 5DE
(5 min walk from Seven Sisters Tube Station, which is a 10 min walk from the venue)

Woodberry Tavern,
618 Seven Sisters Rd London N15 6JH
(5 min walk from Seven Sisters Tube Station, which is a 10 min walk from the venue)

Arsenal Tavern Hostel
175 Blackstock Road, London, England N4 2JS
(Arsenal/Finsbury Park – one bus, 15 mins)

Journeys King’s Cross
54-58 Caledonian Road, Kings Cross, London, England N1 9DB
(KINGS CROSS – one tube(Victoria Line to Seven Sisters) + 10 min walk)

Clink78
78 King’s Cross Rd, London, England WC1X 9QG
(KINGS CROSS – one tube(Victoria Line to Seven Sisters) + 10 min walk)

Beaconsfield Hotel
357 359 Green Lanes, London, N4 1DZ
(2 busses from venue – approx 20 mins)

Smart Camden Inn
55-57 Bayham Street, Camden, London, England NW1 0AA
(Camden – 2 busses from venue – about 30 mins)

St.Christophers Inn
48-50 Camden High St, London NW1 0LT
(Camden – 2 busses from venue – about 30 mins)

John Higgs – “Stranger than we can imagine: Making Sense of The Twentieth Century” Book Launch

August 19, 2015

Friday 28th Aug 2015 - An evening with John Higgs and Guests

Friday 28th Aug 2015

An evening with John Higgs and Guests

Heavenly Social presents an evening with John Higgs and Guests

To celebrate the publication of his new book

Stranger Than We Can Imagine:

Making Sense of The Twentieth Century

Friday 28th August

7pm-1am

Free

The Social, 5 Little Portland Street, W1W 7JD

Nearest Tube Oxford Circus

The Social.com

Nightingales – Tour Dates Aug – Oct 2015

August 18, 2015

 

ENGLAND

Friday 28th August: Southend-on-Sea – The Railway
Saturday 29th August: Bury St Edmunds – Homegrown Festival
Sunday 30th August: Brighton – At The Edge Of The Sea Festival @ Concorde 2
Monday 31st August: London – Sebright Arms

Note venue change for London (Dublin Castle tickets still apply)

WEST COAST USA
w/ special guests – Surplus 1980

Friday 4th September: San Francisco, CA – Amnesia
Sunday 6th September: Los Angeles, CA – Echo Lounge
Monday 7th September: San Diego, CA – The Black Cat
Wednesday 9th September: Sacramento, CA – Starlite Lounge
Thursday 10th September: Eugene, OR – Old Nick’s Pub
Friday 11th September: Seattle, WA – Lo Fi
Saturday 12th September: Portland, OR – Panic Room

MAINLAND EUROPE

Wednesday 30th September:Ulm, DE – Cat Café
Thursday 1st October: Stuttgart, DE – Schocken
Friday 2nd October: St Gallen, CH – Palace
Saturday 3rd October: Ebensee, AT – Kino
Wednesday 7th October: Vienna, AT – Rhiz
Thursday 8th October: Budapest, HU – Durer Kert

Buy Nightingales stuff: http://ironmanrecords.bigcartel.com/artist/nightingales

Buy more Nightingales stuff: http://thenightingales.org.uk/shop/

Read all about it: www.thenightingales.org.uk
 

The Dough Rollers

February 28, 2015

“This kid I like right now, Jack, he’s in this band The Dough Rollers. I like this kid’s style. He’s not trying to knock you over. I like watching him.”  Jack White, Rolling Stone.

The Dough Rollers

The Dough Rollers take their name from a song (Dough Roller Blues) officially recorded in the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee in 1930 by celebrated blues singer and guitarist Garfield Akers. The track Cottonfield Blues which Akers recorded a year earlier has often been credited with heralding the birth of rock n roll itself and when you consider that the Dough Rollers also cite  “Father of the Delta Blues” musician Charley Patton as a major hero you get some idea that you’re not going to see these guys on American Idol any time soon. Which is not to say that haven’t already appeared on the David Letterman Show – because they have.

The Dough Rollers are essentially Malcolm Ford (vocals, guitar) and Jack Byrne (guitar, vocals) and their history as a band dates back to 2008 when they both bonded over a mutual appreciation for blues music. Born in Wyoming Malcolm met New York-born Jack whilst out clubbing and demanded that he give him guitar lessons. Jack duly obliged and the nascent two-piece then expanded to encompass fiddler and singer Julia Tepper. Two albums quickly followed before the band expanded to a four piece for their third long playing offering (adding bass and drums) that really made people sit up and take note. Those people included Bob Dylan, John Mellencamp and Queens Of The Stone Age who all took the Dough Rollers on tour and Jack White who promptly signed the band to his Third Man Records.

The Dough Rollers released Little Lily/The Sailing Song on 7” vinyl through Third Man Records before recording the five track Gone Baby Gone EP which features Gone Baby Gone, Mansion On A Hill (produced by Queens Of The Stone Age’s Josh Homme whose previous credits include much of Arctic Monkeys Humbug), Friend Of Mine, My Love and Garbage Salad (featured on Letterman).

Released in the UK for the first time on April 6th the EP is a chance to get acquainted with Ford’s wondrous whisky-tinged vocals and Byrne’s nimble fretwork and it’s also a foretaste of the band’s debut album as a four-piece, an album they are currently recording in Manhattan’s Relicroom Studio. Gone Baby Gone EP will be available via Third Man Records from April 6th 2015.

www.doughrollersmusic.com
The Dough Rollers tour dates

Listen to a secret music link here

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

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

 

John Sinclair + The Founder Effect – Spiegeltent, Canary Wharf, London 17th Sept

August 24, 2014

John Sinclair at 12 Bar Club, London, Sunday 11th May 2014
John Sinclair and The Founder Effect perform songs from ‘Mohawk’ at Canary Wharf Spiegeltent, London

Download the Spiegeltent Leaflet PDF here

“John Sinclair – renegade poet, scholar and cultural revolutionary…..an Archetype of the 1960’s art, music and literary synthesis, still kicking with both feet on his trajectory for cultural transformation. Mohawk features ten tracks from his book of verse: always know: a book of monk. Beatnik poems, great odes and personal reflections of the Be-Bop jazz persuasion, all flowering together.”

Doors – 6.00pm
John Sinclair on stage 6.30pm – 7.45pm
Tickets available through SEE Tickets for £10 + Booking Fee

All Press Enquiries Sean Newsham: sean@mutante-inc.demon.co.uk
All Guest List requests to: Ben Conway ben@peterconwaymanagement.com

TUBE Jubilee Line to Canary Wharf DLR Canary Wharf or Heron Quays

LONDON BUSES D3, D7, D8, 135, 277

THAMES CLIPPERS Canary Wharf to
Central London in 23 minutes, 26 times a day. thamesclippers.com / 0870 781 5049

LONDON TRANSPORT INFORMATION tfl.gov.uk
John Sinclair at The Barbican 31st May 2014

John Sinclair and The Founder Effect at Barbican, London, 31st May 2014.

WHITE PANTHER: The Legacy Legacy of John Sinclair – a short film by CHARLES SHAW featuring JOHN SINCLAIR music by THELONIUS MONK

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

John Sinclair + The Founder Effect – Spiegeltent, London 17th Sept poster

Ticket Link: http://www.seetickets.com/event/john-sinclair-and-the-founder-effect/spiegeltent-at-canary-wharf/810282

John Sinclair - Mohawk front cover

John Sinclair – “Mohawk” CD  March 2014 by Iron Man Records, Birmingham.

John Sinclair, the renegade poet, scholar and cultural revolutionary released his new album in March 2014. 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.

“to take the hair off
the sides of the head

& leave just a strip
along the top,
scalping pretense
for the baldness of statement

building a new music
on the bones of the old

— John Sinclair from the title track “Mohawk”

John Sinclair - Mohawk gatefold inner

The album was recorded diligently by Tim Egmond at Ei Studios, Amsterdam and passed along to Simon Reeves at Framework Studios, Birmingham for mastering.

Tim Egmond is a music producer, engineer and studio whizz, based in Amsterdam, who has worked with scores of international and locally based artists on a wide variety of projects.

Simon Reeves has completed many projects for Iron Man Records already and he has been described as one of Birmingham’s finest independent studio engineers who has worked with bands from Napalm Death to Police Bastard, and a host of other brutal metal and punk bands.

All artwork was cradled and visualized by the post-industrial imagination of CHU; The Black Country, tech savvy, rule-breaking, progressive wordsmith and thinker – an ardent advocate of aerosol painting and its vanguard for over 30 years with global public works and murals, 3D perspective illusions and many group shows, under his Walsall leather belt. 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.

John Sinclair - Mohawk back cover

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.

The words here poured forth after cannablissed talking-poet John Sinclair stared at the moon when jazz giant Thelonious Monk died in 1982. The luminous lunar loom inspired Sinclair to create a series of poems about early Monk, Charlie Parker, and Dizzy Gillespie: “Lest we forget these are young men…bursting with the joy of discovery.” Sinclair lifts up the proverbial bandstand (per Monk’s mandate) with tales of the birth of bop at Monroe’s Uptown House and the jazz/Beat connection. Drummer/composer Steve Fly creates a hip-hopped be-bopped bed of rhythmic sound. (And the bonus track at the end has a Beatle on it!) – Michael Simmons

All Press Enquiries Sean Newsham: sean@mutante-inc.demon.co.uk

CHU talks about his artwork for John Sinclair – Mohawk here: http://www.schudio.co.uk/blog/2014/mohawk-by-john-sinclair/

John Sinclair – Mohawk CD released on Iron Man Records 24th March 2014 Buy It Here

Listen to: The John Sinclair Freedom Rally: John Sinclair Radio Show 526

ARTIST: John Sinclair
TITLE: Mohawk
LABEL: Iron Man Records
FORMAT: CD Double Gatefold Sleeve / Digital
RELEASE DATE: 24th March 2014
FILE UNDER: Rock
Cat No: IMB6022

Buy It Here from Cargo Distribution Direct: http://cargorecordsdirect.co.uk/products/john-sinclair-mohawk

Buy Books and Music by John Sinclair in the Iron Man Shop here: http://ironmanrecords.bigcartel.com

Visit John Sinclair: http://www.johnsinclair.us

Visit Steve Fly: http://acrillic.blogspot.co.uk

Visit Chu: http://www.schudio.co.uk
John Sinclair - Mohawk CD Gatefold back

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February 13, 2014

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