MC5's Kick Out the Jams

MC5's Kick Out the Jams

by Don McLeese


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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. 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-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.

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ISBN-13: 9780826416605
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 08/18/2005
Series: 33 1/3 Series , #25
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 862,139
Product dimensions: 5.08(w) x 6.59(h) x 0.28(d)

About the Author

Don McLeese has written about rock for the alternative weekly Chicago Reader, as the award-winning pop music critic for the Chicago Sun-Times and Austin American-Statesman and as a frequent contributor to Rolling Stone, Request and other national music magazines. He is now an associate professor of jourbanalism at the University of Iowa, and a senior editor at No Depression. He continues to contribute to national music, literary and general-interest publications.

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