33 1/3 Volume 25: MC5's Kick Out The Jams

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When the Motor City 5 stormed the stage, the band combined the kinetic flash of James Brown on acid with the raw musical dynamics of the Who gone berserk.

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It's a unique band that can land itself on the cover of Rolling Stone a month before the release of its debut album and then be booted from its record contract just a few months later. Rock had never before seen the likes of the MC5 and never will again. Many of us who were floored by the 5 in concert were convinced that this was the most transcendently pulverizing rock we would ever experience, while many more who heard or read about the band dismissed the 5 as a caricature, a fraud, White Panther bozos play-acting at revolution. There was always plenty of humor to the 5 - visionary knuckleheads ó though the question was whether they were in on the joke. Frequently ridiculed during their short career, they've since been hailed as a primal influence on everything from punk to metal to Rage Against the Machine to the Detroit populist resurgence of the White Stripes, Kid Rock and Eminem. Keep up with 33 1/3 series news.

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Author Don McLeese
Publisher Continuum Books
Page Count 122pp
Publication Size 4.5 x 6.5
Publication Notes softcover
Publication Date 2005
ISBN 978-0826416605

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