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The Up / Allen Ginsberg and Peter Orlovsky Free John Now! / Prayer For John Sinclair (Rainbow Records, 1971, single) | Free John Now!’ was recorded at a 1971 freedom rally for John Sinclair, the manager of proto-punk Detroit band the MC5 and a leading figure in the White Panther Party. In 1969, Sinclair had been given a ten-year jail sentence for possession of a couple of joints. On the B-side, Ginsberg and Orlovsky (Ginsberg’s partner from 1954 until Ginsberg’s death in 1997) recite ‘Prayer…

On 12-11-1971 John and Yoko along with Stevie Wonder, Bob Seger, Phil Oaks, Jerry Rubin and many others appeared at the John Sinclair Freedom Rally in Ann Arbor Michigan. John debuted the song he wrote for the night 'John Sinclair'.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono performing at the John Sinclair Freedom Rally on December 10, 1971, at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Leni Sinclair/Getty Images)

People's Park, Berkeley, 1969. Photo: James T. Root. Gov. Ronald Reagan sends in the National Guard. Reagan later said: "If it takes a bloodbath, let's get it over with. No more appeasement."

Reminiscent of Halal Faisal who walked about nude with anti-war slogans painted on her body in the in protest with with Instagram nudity rules, Scout Willis walked around topless in New York. Vintage photo by Jefferson Siegel.