The MC5 and Social Change: A Study in Rock and Revolution

The MC5 and Social Change: A Study in Rock and Revolution

by Mathew J. Bartkowiak


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The MC5's 1969 live album Kick Out the Jams was a new measure of the relationship between music and cultural and political change. As the "house band" and central organizing force for the White Panther Party, which advocated an end to capitalism and supported the Black Panther Party's initiatives and aims, the MC5 formalized the threat, promise, and parity of music within larger societal spheres. Using the band's career as a case study in evaluating the relationship between rock music and social change, this book examines how the inherent rebelliousness of rock afforded both media producers and consumers a safe space in which to question social mores and ideas.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786440375
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 04/14/2009
Pages: 209
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Mathew J. Bartkowiak is a former associate professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Marshfield/Wood County. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of American Studies at Michigan State University.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Preface 1

Introduction: Rock and Revolution—The MC5 and Music’s Political Life 7

1. Fighting in the Streets: Understanding the Undercurrent of Rebellion in Rock 21

2. Revolution on Your Headphones: Charting Social Location in the Rise of the MC5 and the White Panther Party 37

3. Motor City Burning: Rock and Rebellion in the WPP and the MC5 65

4. Sonic Anarchy: The Making of the MC5 87

5. Guns and Guitars: Revolutionary Style and Substance? 112

6. Managing the Legacy of the Sound and the Fervor 139

7. Up Against the Wall: Music’s Place in Revolution 168

Chapter Notes 187

Bibliography 189

Index 195

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