Rock and Roll Dope

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Fifth Estate # 64, October 17-30, 1968

Hi kids, sorry I wasn’t here last time but I got a little depressed by Cella Alderson’s letter and just couldn’t get it together in time for the deadline. The only reason I write this shit is because people seem …

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Prison Letter from John

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Fifth Estate # 90, October 16-29, 1969

Sept. 30, 1969 Dear People, Sorry I haven’t written in so long but I wanted to get settled up here before writing you again. There seems to be a lot more going on out there in the streets than happens …

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Poem for Warner Stringfellow

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Fifth Estate # 85, August 7-20, 1969

Detective Lieutenant, Detroit Narcotics Squad, who has been single-handedly responsible for busting me on two separate occasions for possessing and selling marijuana . and who stumbled into my new apartment last night by accident over a year since the last …

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Letter from Prison

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Fifth Estate # 85, August 7-20, 1969

John Sinclair Southern Michigan State Prison Jackson, Michigan Dear Leni & Everybody:

The Coat Puller

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Fifth Estate # 59, August 1-14, 1968

Editor’s note: Brother Sinclair’s Coatpuller column is re-printed here exactly as it appeared in this paper one year ago. It was written at the height of the July Rebellion and contains one of the best impressionistic sketches of that week.

Pigs Attack Sinclair

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Fifth Estate # 59, August 1-14, 1968

Poet John Sinclair and MC5 guitarist Fred Smith were brutally assaulted, beaten, MACEd, and arrested by members of the National Security Police and the Oakland County (Michigan) Sheriffs Dept. while performing at a Michigan teen-club on July 23rd.

Flash

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Fifth Estate # 58, July 18-31, 1968

Pun Plamondon is still in jail in Traverse City in lieu of $20,000 bond. We haven’t been able to get an attorney to work for him for free, and we can’t possibly get the bond up. If there are any …

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Rock and Roll Dope

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Fifth Estate # 58, July 18-31, 1968

In the past two weeks since the last issue of this paper a bunch of new developments have taken place: Almost every job for the MC5 brings a new and different creep scene into being.

Narks Bust Trans-Lovers in Ann Arbor

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Fifth Estate # 57, July 4-18, 1968

The Trans-Love commune of Ann Arbor (late of Detroit) was plundered by police June 18 when Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Deputies took into custody Lawrence “Pun” Plamondon on a warrant charging him with “sale and dispension of marijuana” in Traverse …

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Rock and Roll Dope

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Fifth Estate # 57, July 4-18, 1968

The following is a press release I wrote for the MC5 this week; we’re running it here because we promised to take you behind the scenes in the rock and roll industry, and these events illustrate what bands have to …

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