It’s All Good: Talkin’ Place, Pot & Poetry with the Legendary John Sinclair

International counter culture icon John Sinclair talks 50 years of activism and art

“I’m not an activist like I was when I was young … to the extent that I went to prison to fight this … I’m an artist”

Travis Wright/ WDET

John Sinclair is a world-famous counter-culture icon. In the1960s, he was a central figure in Detroit’s underground scene, writing for The Fifth Estate, working with the Detroit Artists Workshop, founding The White Panther Party, and managing the legendary Detroit rock band The M-C-5.   

A long-time poet and radio DJ, Sinclair is best known as an advocate for the legalization of marijuana. After all, his 10-year pot-related prison sentence was thrown out three days after John Lennon performed at an Ann Arbor concert in support of Sinclair’s release alongside Yoko, Stevie WonderBob Seger, Abbie Hoffman and Allen Ginsberg.

Traveling between Detroit, New Orleans and Amsterdam, John Sinclair is now 74-years-old. But he’s not slowin down, in fact the self-proclaimed beatnik recently published a collection of his writings called “It’s All Good.” Sinclair spoke with WDET’s Travis Wright about his 50-year fight to legalize marijuana and a whole lot more.


There’s a reading and signing of Sinclair’s latest book “It’s All Good” at The Book Beat in Oak Park on Sunday (Nov. 8th)  afternoon.