Rock & Revolution Exhibit Opening

Friday December 2, 2011: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Celebrate the opening of the AADL's Rock And Revolution exhibit at this event featuring appearances by artist Gary Grimshaw, photographer Leni Sinclair, and archivist Michael Erlewine (founder of ClassicPosters.com and the All-Music Guide).

The exhibit and opening are part of 'Freeing John Sinclair: The Day Legends Came to Town,' an event series celebrating AADL's Freeing John Sinclair website (available at aadl.org beginning on December 9), which marks the 40th anniversary of the John Sinclair Freedom Rally that took place in Ann Arbor on December 10, 1971.

In addition to appearances by Leni Sinclair and Gary Grimshaw, the evening will include 'Michigan Rock Concert Posters in the Sixties & Seventies,' an illustrated talk by Michael Erlewine. Light refreshments will be served.

Photojournalist Leni Sinclair was a founding member of the Detroit Artists' Workshop and Trans-Love Energies Unlimited, and the White Panther and Rainbow People's Parties in Ann Arbor. Her photographs include intimate portraits of the people with whom she lived and worked at 1520 Hill St., as well as concerts and political rallies and iconic portraits of musicians such as MC5, the Grateful Dead, Iggy Pop, and John Lennon.

Poster designer and graphic artist Gary Grimshaw was a founding member of Trans-Love Energies Unlimited and the Minister of Art for Ann Arbor's White Panther Party. The first Midwest artist to join the ranks of the major psychedelic artists of the late-1960s, his posters are noted for their ability to meld context with aesthetic in the visual analog of the period's high energy rock music.

Michael Erlewine was part of the folk movement in the late 1950s and early 1960s. He traveled with Bob Dylan, played with Jerry Garcia, recorded with Bob Seger, and opened for Cream at the Fillmore Auditorium during 1967's "Summer of Love." He and his brother Daniel started the Prime Movers Blues Band. Iggy Pop was his drummer and many Ann Arbor musicians played in the group. He also played a central role in the first two Ann Arbor Blues Festivals in 1969 and 1970.