Today in 1970: Trying to reclaim music from the “filthy, capitalist record companies”, a radical Madison newspaper called Kaleidoscope releases a bootleg album.
The recording features Beatles cuts excluded from the album, “Get Back” and Bob Dylan’s “Isle of Wright” concert. The album will sell for three dollars, and all profits will go to a local activist bail fund.
The cover features a photo of John Sinclair, who founded the White Panthers. Sinclair is serving a ten-year sentence at Michigan’s Marquette State Prison for handing two joints to an undercover agent.
It’s today’s Action Calendar!
The Radicals and Progressives “Meet and Eat” is tonight at 5pm at the Orient House Restaurant, 626 South Park Street. More info at 249-0879.
Tonight is an “Earth Day to May Day Planning Meeting.” Part of the Global Climate Convergence, this is your chance to get involved in organizing a whole series of great events! This is at 7pm at the MTI Building, 821 Williamson Street. Use the back entrance. For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next Saturday, March 22nd, is the 2014 Wisconsin Grassroots Festival, with George Lakoff, John Nichols, Mike McCabe and Lisa Graves, and 21 breakout sessions. This is Saturday from 8:15am to 4:15pm at Wisconsin Heights High School, 10179 Highway 14, in Mazomanie. There is a cost for this event, and it includes lunch and breakout sessions. More info at wisconsingrassroots.net/2014_festival.