Rolling Stone issue #25 had a cover date of January 4, 1969. 32 pages. 35 cents. Cover photo of the MC5’s Rob Tyner. I hadn’t originally intended on continuing this series into 1969. By the end of 1968 Rolling Stone had firmly established its identity as the leading voice of the rock and roll generation. … Continue reading 50 Years Ago in Rolling Stone: Issue 25
Video: MC5 – “Tonight” (Live at Aylesbury Friars, 1972) Via Wayne Kramer. Brother Wayne has been digging up and posting some very cool MC5 footage on YouTube. This clip is from a show at the Borough Assembly Hall in Aylesbury, England on Friday, February 11, 1972. From the very cerebral British flyer for the gig: … Continue reading Long Lost MC5 Footage: Tonight (Live in 1972)
Video: MC5 – Beat Club Recording Sessions: Bremen, Germany 1972 This footage is amazing. It’s from the weird time right after they had kicked out original bassist Michael Davis. They were in Europe promoting their third and final (and best) album, High Times, although they don’t play anything from that record in this clip, filmed … Continue reading Watch the MC5 kick out the jams in Germany in 1972
Video: Louder Than Love – The Grande Ballroom Story This looks awesome. I love that the trailer uses the Bob Seger System‘s “Heavy Music.” De-fucking-troit! The filmmakers’ Facebook page claims a release date of Summer 2010, but they also say they “have more scheduled interviews in early 2010,” so we’ll see. Let’s hope this one … Continue reading Louder Than Love: The Grande Ballroom Story
I must admit: I got very, very drunk Saturday night. I went to see a couple of local bands who are somehow associated with the Dandy Warhols and ended up mostly incoherent in the back of a cab stinking of gin and Voodoo Donuts. But just before everything went south (and maybe because of it) … Continue reading Cool Band: 1776
Sorry, boys, she’s no longer available. According to the Detroit Free Press, Meg White is getting married. Who’s the lucky guy? Turns out it’s none other than Detroit rock royalty: Jackson Smith, son of Patti Smith and the MC5‘s Fred “Sonic” Smith. Smith, who grew up in St. Clair Shores, was 12 when his father … Continue reading Meg White Marrying Sonic Smith's Kid
Detroit Tango publishes the United States District Court’s Findings Of Fact And Conclusions Of Law (along with some pointed commentary) in the case that prevented the MC5 documentary, A True Testimonial, from being distributed. The gist: the judge ruled in favor of the filmmakers. The Honorable Andrew J. Guilford, United States District Judge, issued his … Continue reading MC5 Movie Lawsuit Resolved?
Awesome footage of the MC5 playing “Rambling Rose” at Tartar Field in 1970. Update: “Black To Comm” too! Video: MC5 Remastered Tartar Field – Ramblin Rose/Kick Out The Jams/Looking At You – July 1970 Via Wayne Kramer. Updated 6/15/2018. Video: MC5 – Black To Comm (WTVS – 1967) Via BoogieFinger. Updated 6/15/2018.
Detroit Blog pokes around inside the rotting corpse of the Grande Ballroom (updated link) where the Stooges and the MC5 cut their teeth.
Like everyone who cares about real rock and roll, Glorious Noise loves the MC5. That’s why we had to fly to Paris to catch the reunion tour of the surviving members.