WHITTINGTON – The man who has been called “The Last of the Beatnik Warrior Poets” and who John Lennon was talking about when he sang “You gotta set him free,” will appear alongside fellow beat, jazz and blues performers Jef Reynolds and RJ Spangler, and award-winning poet ML Liebler – tomorrow night at Pheasant Hollow Winery by way of the Cultural Arts Committee at Rend Lake College.
When Lennon wrote the song “John Sinclair,” the poet was serving a 10-year prison sentence for possession of two marijuana cigarettes, according to a website devoted to news about Sinclair, www.johnsinclairradio.com. The song helped spring him after he had served 29 months of that sentence, the site stated. Lennon also headlined The John Sinclair Freedom Rally.
As part of the Fall 2008 Beats at the Local Library Tour, these legends will perform at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, at Pheasant Hollow Winery on Illinois Highway 37, just south of the RLC Main Campus in Ina. There is no admission fee to attend.