John Sinclair Looks Back on "Freedom Rally" 40 Years Later

Saturday marks the 40th anniversary of a rally to free a Detroit area counterculture figure from prison. On December 10th, 1971 thousands packed the Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor for the “John Sinclair Freedom Rally”. The performers included Bob Seger, Jerry Rubin, Stevie Wonder, Allen Ginsberg, Phil Ochs, former Beatle John Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono. At the event, John Lennon performed a song he wrote about Sinclair’s prison sentence for selling two marijuana cigarettes to an undercover cop.

WDET’s Rob St. Mary met up with John Sinclair recently at the Trans Love Energies Compassion Center – a store front near Eastern Market related to medical marijuana – to talk about what led up to rally, his release from prison and Sinclair’s on-going crusade to reform marijuana laws.

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