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Peyotemind

by John Sinclair & Monster Island

Psychedelic reflections by John Sinclair on a text from a peyote trip in 1963 set to music by Cary Loren for Monster Island
Genre: Spoken Word: With Music
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1. Revelations of Peyotemind John Sinclair & Monster Island
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2. Peyotemind John Sinclair & Monster Island
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3. Ganges Dawn Monster Island
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4. Eternal Now Monster Island
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5. Monk in Orbit John Sinclair & Monster Island
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
PEYOTEMIND
John Sinclair & Monster Island

NOTES by Cary Loren

The project of this CD came about while researching the collection of John and Leni Sinclair at the Bentley Historical Library in Ann Arbor. While collecting material for a spoken word history of the White Panther Party, I noticed a small 5x7 college notebook buried in a box. It was dated 1963 and contained a detailed essay on the effects of peyote written by John Sinclair. Following this essay was a series of lucid poems written while under the influence of peyote. There was a wonderful freshness and innocence to the material, which was conceived at the front lines of psychedelic culture.

[01] Realizations Of Peyotemind (16:48)
[02] Peytoemind (16:20)
[03] Ganges Dawn (1:11)
[04] Eternal Now (19:45)
[05] Monk In Orbit (13:26)

PERSONNEL

[01][02]
John Sinclair - voice
Matt Smith - piano
Cary Loren - moog, samples
Aran Ruth - guitar
Eugene Strobe - vibes
Efe/Kevin/Warn - percussion
Jeff Grand – guitar

Music recorded in Detroit 2000
John Sinclair vocal recorded by Paul van den Hout in Rotterdam 2000

[03]
Matt Smith - piano
Cary Loren - percussion, vibes, samples
Warn Defever - percussion, moog
Davin Brainard - percussion
Efe - percussion
Aran Ruth - bass

[04]
Matt Smith - piano,br
Cary Loren - percussion, vibes, samples
Warn Defever - percussion, moog
Davin Brainard - percussion
Efe - percussion
Aran Ruth - bass
Otto Kontrol – rehab

Recorded in Detroit 2000

[05]
John Sinclair - vocals
Matt Smith - electric piano, sitar
Cary Loren - mini-moog, samples
Warn Defever - percussion
Erika Hoffman - harmonium
Aran Ruth - bass
Kevin Callaway - percussion
Len Bukowski - bass clarinet

Recorded at the Detroit Contemporary Gallery, June 5th, 2001

Review
by Bryan Thomas
AllMusic Guide

Back in 1963, John Sinclair -- poet, musician, political activist, rock promoter, band manager, blues and jazz historian, radio host, and writer -- wrote an essay, in a small 5x7 student notebook, while under the influence of peyote. In addition to the essay, Sinclair (who later spent time in prison on a marijuana charge) had also written a series of poems.

This notebook was found, years later, buried within a box of Sinclair's writings, by Cary Loren of Destroy All Monsters while Loren was researching the collection of John and Leni Sinclair at the Bentley Historical Library in Ann Arbor, MI.

In the fall of 2000, Loren assembled the various members of Monster Island and other musician friends, including Matthew Smith (Outrageous Cherry) on piano; Aran Ruth (Outrageous Cherry) on bass; Eugene Strobe (the Witches) on vibes; Efe, Kevin, and Warn Defever (His Name Is Alive) on percussion; and "special guest" Jeff Grand on guitar. In one take, this ensemble recorded 33 minutes of improvisational music to accompany Sinclair reading his own essay as a spoken-word free-form vocal track.

The long take was split into two 16-plus minute sections titled "Realizations of Peyotemind" and "Peyotemind." Two additional Monster Island improvisations -- "Ganges Dawn" and the 11-minute "Eternal Now," both recorded earlier, in the summer of 2000, with a slightly different lineup (adding Davin Brainard on percussion and Otto Kontrol on something called a "rebab") -- were added, though neither piece is too significant. Both were recorded as an homage to pianist Alice Coltrane.

To round out the CD, Loren and company also include a live performance of "Monk in Orbit," taped June 5th, 2001, at the Detroit Contemporary gallery, featuring Erika Hoffmann (Destroy All Monsters) on harmonium, and Len Bukowksi on bass clarinet.

Peyotemind is an interesting, if not essential, countercultural artifact, at best.



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