John Sinclair, David Fenton, and John & Yoko

by Chris Murray on April 10, 2024

John Lennon and Yoko Ono at the “Free John Sinclair” rally. Ann Harbor, MI, December 10, 1971. © David Fenton


The New York Times published activist John Sinclair‘s obituary this past Sunday. They illustrated the obituary with David Fenton‘s photograph of John Lennon and Yoko Ono performing at a concert and rally in Ann Harbor, Michigan with 15,000 supporters of Sinclair, who had been jailed with a sentence of 10 years in prison for sharing two joints with an undercover police officer. A few days after the rally, the Michigan Supreme Court announced that it was reviewing the case. Sinclair’s conviction was overturned after almost 2.5 years in jail. Sinclair also managed the Detroit rock band, The MC5.

Govinda Gallery just presented David Fenton’s remarkable photographs from the late 60s and early 70s in Havana, Cuba at the Contemporary Art Center Wifredo Lam. That exhibition was Govinda Gallery’s ninth cultural exchange with our Caribbean neighbor.

John Sinclair with his daughters as he is released from his cell block, December 13, 1971. © Hugh Grannum, Detroit Free Press


David Fenton’s photographs are available through Govinda Gallery.


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