From the first word of its narration, this audiobook is presented by L. J. Ganser with a voice more akin to a sports broadcaster than anything else. Influential to artists as diverse as Eminem and The White Stripes, Kick Out the Jams also had a profound effect on author Don McLeese. McLeese chronicles the band's short career, and ponders their unique blend of innovation and slapstick. Were they ahead of their time? Did they burn too hot? A mix of personal essay, music history, and accessible analysis, the audiobook contains fast-paced, engaging music writing. One of the book's highlights is the generous social, political, and cultural context the author gives to the history of MC5's music.
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.
©2005 Don McLeese (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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