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Ten for Two: The John Sinclair Freedom Rally (1971)

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Documentary about political activist John Sinclair.


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Credited cast:
Commander Cody and The Lost Planet Airmen ...
Rennie Davis ...
David Dellinger ...
James Groppi ...
Himself (as Father Groppi)
Skip Knape ...
Himself (as Teegarden & Van Winkle)
Phil Ochs ...
David Peel ...
Jerry Rubin ...
Roswell Rudd ...
Ed Sanders ...
Bob Seger ...


I was at the John Sinclair concert, and it was something that I will remember the rest of my life. The excitement that night was SO HIGH that there are no words for it. Even though Stevie Wonder came on before John Lennon and Frankly stole the musical part of the show, yet when John finally came on stage I flat out new this was an event for documented history. With the limited time John had to put together a band, without question he had every one on pens and needles with his message. We all knew that what John was trying to get across (Give PEACE A CHANCE) was, and still is the true way to Live by, and work for towards. The Lord Be With You Always John. Written by Bob J.

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19 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just got a copy of this film. It's interesting to compare this to George Harrison's Concert For Bangledesh. They occurred only about four months apart but what a tremendous difference. Bangledesh was very slickly produced yet very warm with a many top performers on the bill. It was especially significant for being the first stage appearance for Harrison, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton and Ringo Starr for a long time. And all of this was done to raise funds for a starving country.

The Ten For Two on the other hand features John Lennon at his most polemic. The speakers in the rally, Father James Groppi, Bobby Seale and Jerry Rubin, are quite extreme and make some inflammatory statements (Groppi comparing Nixon to Hitler is a bit much to take). The music is a mixed bag too. It's obvious Allan Gingsberg can't sing, and I'm not sure about some of the minor acts like The Up either. A young Bob Segar plays a great version of "Carol" and there is a rare performance by Phil Ochs (several years before his suicide).

The whole interest in the film is John Lennon of course, and his set consists of four songs (three really with one Yoko song). He sounds very raw and unrehearsed, even reading the lyrics off of a music stand. But his charisma comes through very strong, being able to hold the entire arena by just his very presence. It's a shame this film has never been released and will probably never will be because it portrays the darker, paranoid side of the early seventies.

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