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MC5 - A True Testimonial
March 5, 2008 12:00 AM   Subscribe

Here it is, MC5 - A True Testimonial, the controvertial documentary about 'the loudest, the baddest, the most outrageous bunch of get-down white brothers the nation had yet seen.' by David C. Thomas, in three parts.

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posted by carsonb (12 comments total) 18 users marked this as a favorite

 
I saw this in a bootleg copy. It's amazing, especially if you've no prior experience of MC5. Kick out the jams, lads.
posted by Football Bat at 1:28 AM on March 5, 2008


Aw man, I actually saw this in a theater before it got pulled. Highly recommended stuff!
posted by the dief at 4:31 AM on March 5, 2008


People continue to read books about angels and god and afterlife etc for the same reason theyh go to church every week: to reaffirm the message they have long accepted as the truth. Amnti-religious books, now in vogure, offer a newer message after centuries of belief dlrummed into children by their parents and the clergy.
posted by Postroad at 4:37 AM on March 5, 2008 [1 favorite]


Heh, Postroad, wrong thread. But in a weird way, it kinda fits here as well.
posted by NoMich at 5:37 AM on March 5, 2008


Testify, Postroad!
posted by mhoye at 6:47 AM on March 5, 2008


I done kicked 'em out
posted by MNDZ at 7:09 AM on March 5, 2008


MC5 - pure musical energy. What a great band.

Hopefully jonmc still pokes around the place to catch this post, even if he no longer comments.
posted by caddis at 8:23 AM on March 5, 2008


Musically the group is intentionally crude and aggressively raw. Which can make for powerful music except when it is used to conceal a paucity of ideas, as it is here. Most of the songs are barely distinguishable from each other in their primitive two-chord structures. You've heard all this before from such notables as the Seeds, Blue Cheer, Question Mark and the Mysterians, and the Kingsmen. The difference here, the difference which will sell several hundred thousand copies of this album, is in the hype, the thick overlay of teenage-revolution and total-energy-thing which conceals these scrapyard vistas of cliches and ugly noise.

Lester Bangs - Kick out the Jams review, Rolling Stone, Apr 5, 1969.

Lester later moved to Detroit and became a big fan and personal friend of the MC5. He regretted this review for the rest of his life.
posted by porn in the woods at 9:33 AM on March 5, 2008


oops, whole review here.
posted by porn in the woods at 9:34 AM on March 5, 2008


that's too bad.. that's one of the few Bangs reviews i've read and agree with-- and I'm a huge MC5 fan.
posted by ianaces at 9:51 AM on March 5, 2008


Fascinating stuff. Anyone who thinks today's lefties/liberals are somehow dangerous ought to get a gander at these guys.
posted by kgasmart at 11:03 AM on March 5, 2008


Lester Bangs got it right the first time.
posted by dydecker at 7:25 AM on March 6, 2008


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