John Sinclair

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In 1994 and 1995, Tony Brooke traveled to New Orleans to provide remote audio recording services to WWOZ-FM, the nation's only all-local music radio station, during the world-famous New Orleans Jazz Festival. In a series of guerrilla-style multitrack and stereo recordings, Tony captured dozens and dozens of musicians in action at venues of all kinds, including the famous Tipitina's, the then-new House of Blues, clubs, record shops and restaurants. Many of these shows were also broadcast live on WWOZ. Album releases came out in the years following these performances.

The radio host of these remote broadcasts was John Sinclair. As we waited for the music to start, John would provide commentary on the live show and stall for time with musings on New Orleans, music, poetry and life. He also wrote liner notes for the WWOZ compilations of these recordings.

For more on John Sinclair's history, his time as manager of the MC5 and 1960's activism, see his wikipedia entry.

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