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Motor City Is Burning (Live)

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Album Review

Motor City is Burning is an English compilation of bootlegged material from the MC5 recorded at various locations including the Sturgis Armoury in Michigan during the band's peak. Even though these tracks have been remastered, the sound quality is poor, but considering how influential this band has become, it's still monumental material. Along with the Stooges, there are numerous MC5 discs (some of dubious legality) of live and studio outtakes readily available. Motor City Is Burning is sufficient after obtaining the official live release on Elektra Kick Out the Jams and deciding that's not enough. These 16 tracks include cover versions of "Born Under a Bad Sign," "Tutti Frutti," along with the rare "Black to Comm," not available on any of the commercially released original Five albums.

Biography

Formed: 1964 in Detroit, MI

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '00s, '10s

Alongside their Detroit-area brethren the Stooges, MC5 essentially laid the foundations for the emergence of punk; deafeningly loud and uncompromisingly intense, the group's politics were ultimately as crucial as their music, their revolutionary sloganeering and anti-establishment outrage crystallizing the counterculture movement at its most volatile and threatening. Under the guidance of svengali John Sinclair (the infamous founder of the radical White Panther Party), MC5 celebrated the holy trinity...
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