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MC5

 

TThe MC5 was one of the originators of the punk rock sound, as well as being one of the important early hard rock bands in the U.S. The MC5, short for Motor City Five, was formed in 1964 by Rob Tyner, Wayne Kramer, Fred “Sonic” Smith, and Dennis Thompson in Lincoln Park, MI. The MC5 had a very promising early beginning that actually got it on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine before the debut of its first album, Kick Out The Jams.

The MC5 was integral in the Detroit area politics of the 1960s and with the addition of John Sinclair as “manager” (a title he eschewed), it was soon fully involved in the left wing agenda. Sinclair was the founder of the White Panther Party, a militant organization of white people working to assist the Black Panthers. In its early career, the MC5 had a politically provocative stage show: the band members would appear onstage toting unloaded rifles, and at the climax of the performance, an unseen sniper would “shoot down” Tyner.

The MC5 earned national attention with its first album, Kick Out The Jams, which was recorded live in October 1968 at Detroit’s Grande Ballroom. The album is generally regarded as one of the best live rock ’n’ roll records: critic Mark Deming wrote that “[Kick Out The Jams] . . . is one of the most powerfully energetic live albums ever made . . . this is an album that refuses to be played quietly.”

By 1971, the MC5 had fallen out with Sinclair and were conspicuous by their absence at the December, 1971 "Free John Sinclair" rally to protest his incarceration on marijuana possession. The band essentially broke up by February 1972 but did reunite for a farewell show on New Year's Eve, 1972-73 at the Grande Ballroom.

 

Posters and Handbills Featuring MC5

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MC5 at Grande Ballroom 10/7 & 8/66 by Gary Grimshaw

10/7/1966

DET-GBR.1966.10.07

Grande Ballroom 10/7 & 8/66
No current products  
Woolies at Grande Ballroom 10/14 & 15/66 by Gary Grimshaw

10/14/1966

DET-GBR.1966.10.14

Grande Ballroom 10/14 & 15/66

Products Available

 
MC5 at Grande Ballroom 10/21 & 22/66 by Gary Grimshaw

10/21/1966

DET-GBR.1966.10.21

Grande Ballroom 10/21 & 22/66
No current products  
MC5 at Grande Ballroom 10/28 & 29/66 by Rob Tyner

10/28/1966

DET-GBR.1966.10.28

Grande Ballroom 10/28 & 29/66
No current products  
MC5 at Grande Ballroom 11/4 & 5/66 by Gary Grimshaw

11/4/1966

DET-GBR.1966.11.04

Grande Ballroom 11/4 & 5/66
No current products  
Hitch Hikers at Grande Ballroom 11/11 & 12/66 by Gary Grimshaw & Rob Tyner

11/11/1966

DET-GBR.1966.11.11

Grande Ballroom 11/11 & 12/66
No current products  
Walking Wounded at Grande Ballroom 11/18 & 19/66 by Gary Grimshaw

11/18/1966

DET-GBR.1966.11.18

Grande Ballroom 11/18 & 19/66
No current products  
Jagged Edge at Grande Ballroom 11/25 & 26/66 by Rob Tyner

11/25/1966

DET-GBR.1966.11.25

Grande Ballroom 11/25 & 26/66

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Jagged Edge at Grande Ballroom 12/9 & 10/66 by Rob Tyner

12/9/1966

DET-GBR.1966.12.09

Grande Ballroom 12/9 & 10/66

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MC5 at Grande Ballroom 12/22-23 & 29-31/66 by Gary Grimshaw

12/22/1966

DET-GBR.1966.12.22

Grande Ballroom 12/22-23 & 29-31/66

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Unrelated Segments at Grande Ballroom 1/13 & 14/67 by Donnie Dope

1/13/1967

DET-GBR.1967.01.13

Grande Ballroom 1/13 & 14/67
No current products  
MC5 at Grande Ballroom 1/20-21 & 27-28/67 by Gary Grimshaw

1/20/1967

DET-GBR.1967.01.20

Grande Ballroom 1/20-21 & 27-28/67

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Spikedrivers at Grande Ballroom 1/29/67 by Gary Grimshaw

1/29/1967

DET-GBR.1967.01.29

Grande Ballroom 1/29/67
No current products  
Wha? at Grande Ballroom 2/3 & 4/67 by Gary Grimshaw

2/3/1967

DET-GBR.1967.02.03

Grande Ballroom 2/3 & 4/67
No current products  
MC5 at Grande Ballroom 3/17 & 18/67 by David Carlin

3/17/1967

DET-GBR.1967.03.17

Grande Ballroom 3/17 & 18/67
No current products  
Landeers at Grande Ballroom 3/24 & 25/57 by Gary Grimshaw

3/24/1967

DET-GBR.1967.03.24

Grande Ballroom 3/24 & 25/57
No current products  
MC5 at Grande Ballroom 4/23/67 by Gary Grimshaw

4/23/1967

DET-GBR.1967.04.23

Grande Ballroom 4/23/67
No current products  
Jagged Edge at Grande Ballroom 6/16 & 17/67 by Donnie Dope

6/16/1967

DET-GBR.1967.06.16

Grande Ballroom 6/16 & 17/67
No current products  
MC5 at The See, Detroit, NI 6/23-24/67 by Gary Grimshaw

6/23/1967

AOR-3.131

The See, Detroit, NI 6/23-24/67
No current products  
MC5 at Grande Ballroom 6/23 & 24/67 by Donnie Dope

6/23/1967

DET-GBR.1967.06.23

Grande Ballroom 6/23 & 24/67

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Jefferson Airplane at Grande Ballroom 6/30/67 by Carlson

6/30/1967

DET-GBR.1967.06.30

Grande Ballroom 6/30/67

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MC5 at The See, Detroit, MI 6/30-7/4/67 by Gary Grimshaw

6/30/1967

DET-SEE.1967.06.30

The See, Detroit, MI 6/30-7/4/67

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MC5 at Grande Ballroom 8/27/67 by Gary Grimshaw

8/27/1967

DET-GBR.1967.08.27

Grande Ballroom 8/27/67
No current products  
Chambers Brothers at Grande Ballroom 9/1 & 2/67 by Gary Grimshaw

9/1/1967

DET-GBR.1967.09.01

Grande Ballroom 9/1 & 2/67

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MC5 at Grande Ballroom 9/15 & 16/67 by Donnie Dope

9/15/1967

DET-GBR.1967.09.15

Grande Ballroom 9/15 & 16/67
No current products  
Southbound Freeway at Grande Ballroom 9/22-24/67 by Gary Grimshaw

9/22/1967

DET-GBR.1967.09.22

Grande Ballroom 9/22-24/67

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Apostles at Grande Ballroom 9/29 & 30/67 by Gary Grimshaw & Leni Sinclair

9/29/1967

DET-GBR.1967.09.29

Grande Ballroom 9/29 & 30/67
No current products  
Scott Richard Case at Grande Ballroom 10/6 & 7/67 by Gary Grimshaw & 
Leni Sinclair

10/6/1967

DET-GBR.1967.10.06

Grande Ballroom 10/6 & 7/67
No current products  
Cream at Grande Ballroom 10/13-15/67 by Gary Grimshaw

10/13/1967

DET-GBR.1967.10.13

Grande Ballroom 10/13-15/67

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Pack at Grande Ballroom 10/20 & 21/67 by Gary Grimshaw

10/20/1967

DET-GBR.1967.10.20

Grande Ballroom 10/20 & 21/67
No current products  
MC5 at Grande Ballroom 10/27 & 28/67 by Gary Grimshaw

10/27/1967

DET-GBR.1967.10.27

Grande Ballroom 10/27 & 28/67
No current products  
MC5 at Grande Ballroom 10/29/67 by Carl Lundgren

10/29/1967

DET-GBR.1967.10.29

Grande Ballroom 10/29/67
No current products  
Paupers at Grande Ballroom 11/3-5/67 by Gary Grimshaw & Irving Penn

11/3/1967

DET-GBR.1967.11.03

Grande Ballroom 11/3-5/67

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Peter Max at Grande Ballroom 11/03-5/67 by Peter Max & 
Sid Wasserbach

11/3/1967

DET-GBR.1967.11.03A

Grande Ballroom 11/03-5/67
No current products  
James Cotton Blues Band at Grande Ballroom 11/10 & 11/67 by Carl Lundgren & Victor Skrebnewski

11/10/1967

DET-GBR.1967.11.10

Grande Ballroom 11/10 & 11/67
No current products  
MC5 at Grande Ballroom 11/23/67 by Unknown

11/23/1967

DET-GBR.1967.11.23

Grande Ballroom 11/23/67
No current products  
Fugs at Grande Ballroom 11/24 & 25/67 by Gary Grimshaw

11/24/1967

DET-GBR.1967.11.24

Grande Ballroom 11/24 & 25/67
No current products  
Fugs at Grande Ballroom 11/26/67 by Gary Grimshaw

11/26/1967

DET-GBR.1967.11.26

Grande Ballroom 11/26/67
No current products  
Moby Grape at Grande Ballroom 12/8 & 9/67 by Gary Grimshaw

12/8/1967

DET-GBR.1967.12.08

Grande Ballroom 12/8 & 9/67
No current products  
Vanilla Fudge at Grande Ballroom 12/15-17/67 by Carl Lundgren

12/15/1967

DET-GBR.1967.12.15

Grande Ballroom 12/15-17/67
No current products  
Paul Butterfield at Grande Ballroom 12/21-23/67 by Gary Grimshaw

12/21/1967

DET-GBR.1967.12.21

Grande Ballroom 12/21-23/67
No current products  
Lyman Woodward Trio at Grande Ballroom 12/26-31/67 by Carl Lundgren

12/26/1967

DET-GBR.1967.12.26

Grande Ballroom 12/26-31/67
No current products  
Beacon Street Union at Grande Ballroom 2/2 & 3/68 by Gary Grimshaw

2/2/1968

DET-GBR.1968.02.02

Grande Ballroom 2/2 & 3/68

Products Available

 
Jimi Hendrix Experience at Masonic Temple, Detroit MI 2/23/68 by Gary Grimshaw

2/23/1968

DET-GBR.1968.02.23A

Masonic Temple, Detroit MI 2/23/68

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Big Brother and the Holding Company at Grande Ballroom 3/1 & 2/68 by Gary Grimshaw

3/1/1968

DET-GBR.1968.03.01

Grande Ballroom 3/1 & 2/68

Products Available

 
Youngbloods at Grande Ballroom 3/15-17/68 by Gary Grimshaw

3/15/1968

DET-GBR.1968.03.15

Grande Ballroom 3/15-17/68

Products Available

 
Fugs at Grande Ballroom 3/29 & 30/68 by Gary Grimshaw

3/29/1968

DET-GBR.1968.03.29

Grande Ballroom 3/29 & 30/68

Products Available

 
Troggs at Grande Ballroom 4/5-7/68 by Gary Grimshaw

4/5/1968

DET-GBR.1968.04.05

Grande Ballroom 4/5-7/68

Products Available

 
Who at CNE Coliseum, Toronto 4/7/68 by Gary Grimshaw

4/7/1968

DET-GBR.1968.04.07

CNE Coliseum, Toronto 4/7/68

Products Available

 
Psychedelic Stooges at Grande Ballroom 4/17-21/68 by Gary Grimshaw

4/17/1968

DET-GBR.1968.04.17

Grande Ballroom 4/17-21/68

Products Available

 

 

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