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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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Mothers at Grande Ballroom 4/26-28/68 by Gary Grimshaw

4/26/1968

DET-GBR.1968.04.26

Grande Ballroom 4/26-28/68

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Yardbirds at Grande Ballroom 5/3-4/68 by Gary Grimshaw

5/3/1968

DET-GBR.1968.05.03

Grande Ballroom 5/3-4/68

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James Cotton Blues Band at Grande Ballroom 5/10-12/68 by Gary Grimshaw

5/10/1968

DET-GBR.1968.05.10

Grande Ballroom 5/10-12/68

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Butterfield Blues Band at Grande Ballroom 5/24-26/68 by Gary Grimshaw

5/24/1968

DET-GBR.1968.05.24

Grande Ballroom 5/24-26/68

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Cream at Grande Ballroom 6/7-9/68 by Gary Grimshaw

6/7/1968

DET-GBR.1968.06.07

Grande Ballroom 6/7-9/68

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Blue Cheer at Grande Ballroom 6/21-23/68 by Gary Grimshaw

6/21/1968

DET-GBR.1968.06.21

Grande Ballroom 6/21-23/68
No current products  
Procul Harum at Baldwin Pavillion, Oakland University 9/1/68 by Carl Lundgren

9/1/1968

DET-GBR.1968.09.01

Baldwin Pavillion, Oakland University 9/1/68
No current products  
Amboy Dukes at Grande Ballroom 9/20-22/68 by Donnie Dope

9/20/1968

DET-GBR.1968.09.20

Grande Ballroom 9/20-22/68
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Kensington Market at Grande Ballroom 10/18-20/68 by Bonnie Green

10/18/1968

DET-GBR.1968.10.18

Grande Ballroom 10/18-20/68

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MC5 at Grande Ballroom 10/30 & 31/68 by Matthew Radofsky

10/30/1968

DET-GBR.1968.10.30

Grande Ballroom 10/30 & 31/68

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Jeff Beck at Grande Cleveland 11/22-23 & 30/68 by Gary Grimshaw

11/22/1968

DET-GBR.1968.11.22

Grande Cleveland 11/22-23 & 30/68
No current products  
MC5 at Grande Ballroom 11/27-12/1/68 by Donnie Dope

11/27/1968

DET-GBR.1968.11.27

Grande Ballroom 11/27-12/1/68

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Crazy World of Arthur Brown at Olympia Stadium Detroit, MI 12/23/68 by Carl Lundgren

12/23/1968

DET-OSD.1968.12.23

Olympia Stadium Detroit, MI 12/23/68

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MC5 at Grande Ballroom 1/24-26/69 by Robin Summers

1/24/1969

DET-GBR.1969.01.24A

Grande Ballroom 1/24-26/69

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Steppenwolf at Grande Ballroom 2/28-3/2/69 by Melkus

2/28/1969

DET-GBR.1969.02.28

Grande Ballroom 2/28-3/2/69

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MC5 at Straight Theater 3/14-16/69 by Gary Grimshaw

3/14/1969

AOR-2.227

Straight Theater 3/14-16/69

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MC5 at Grande Ballroom 4/4-6/69 by Gary Grimshaw

4/4/1969

DET-GBR.1969.04.04

Grande Ballroom 4/4-6/69

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MC5 at Olympia Stadium 4/7/69 by Carl Lundgren

4/7/1969

DET-GBR.1969.04.07B

Olympia Stadium 4/7/69
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Sun Ra and His Myth - Science Arkestra at Grande Ballroom 5/16-18/69 by Gary Grimshaw

5/16/1969

DET-GBR.1969.05.16

Grande Ballroom 5/16-18/69
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MC5 at Michigan State Fairgrounds 5/30 & 31/69 by Gary Grimshaw

5/30/1969

DET-GBR.1969.05.30

Michigan State Fairgrounds 5/30 & 31/69

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MC5 at Saugutuck Pop Festival  Saugatuck, MI 7/4 & 5/69 by Carl Lundgren

7/4/1969

AOR-3.157

Saugutuck Pop Festival Saugatuck, MI 7/4 & 5/69

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MC5 at Grande Ballroom 7/23/69 by Unknown

7/23/1969

DET-GBR.1969.07.23

Grande Ballroom 7/23/69
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Arthur Brown at Olympia Stadium 10/31/69 by Linz

10/31/1969

DET-GBR.1969.10.31

Olympia Stadium 10/31/69

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Jethro Tull at Fillmore West 11/20-23/69 by Randy Tuten

11/20/1969

BG-203

Fillmore West 11/20-23/69

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Pacific Gas and Electric at Aragon Ballroom Chicago, IL 12/29/69 by Unknown

12/29/1969

DET-GBR.1969.12.29

Aragon Ballroom Chicago, IL 12/29/69
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MC5 at Grande Ballroom & The Eastown Theater 1/24&25/70 by Gary Grimshaw

1/24/1970

DET-GBR.1970.01.24B

Grande Ballroom & The Eastown Theater 1/24&25/70

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MC5 at Grande Ballroom 2/13-14/70 by Darlene & 
Leni Sinclair

2/13/1970

DET-GBR.1970.02.13

Grande Ballroom 2/13-14/70

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Joe Cocker at Cincinnati Pop Festival 3/26/70 by Unknown

3/26/1970

DET-GBR.1970.03.26

Cincinnati Pop Festival 3/26/70
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3rd Power at Windsor Arena Windsor, Ontario 6/27/70 by Darlene

6/27/1970

DET-WIA.1970.06.27

Windsor Arena Windsor, Ontario 6/27/70

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MC5 at Grande Ballroom 12/31/70 by Unknown

12/31/1970

DET-GBR.1970.12.31

Grande Ballroom 12/31/70
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