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"MC5", Sonically Speaking: A Tale of Revolution and Rock 'n' Roll
"MC5", Sonically Speaking: A Tale of Revolution and Rock 'n' Roll
by Brett Callwood
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.67

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I give you a testimonial, the MC5, 13 Aug 2007
A well-researched and well-written biography of the band - the author managed to interview the three remaining members of the band plus a number of people associated with them back in their hey day including Russ Gibb and John Sinclair. As a long-standing anorak fan of the band the book contained little new information but it does succeed in documenting the group's life from the very early stages, through its turbulant association with the White Panthers to its rather sad ending in Europe when only Kramer and Smith were left of the originals. Any book on the MC5 will suffer from not having any input from Tyner and Smith so what you get here is mainly the views of the rythmn section plus Wayne K. Consequently, the internal splits that developed in the group after the first LP and the influence of drugs are rather glossed over, although the author cannot be blamed for this. In conclusion, the book is a good read and will appeal to both hardcore fans - such as myself - and to those curious to learn about one of rock's more colourful and mercurial bands.


The Weirdness
The Weirdness
Offered by westworld-
Price: 11.70

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stooges deliver, 12 Mar 2007
This review is from: The Weirdness (Audio CD)
I've read all the bad reviews but as someone who's been a disciple for 35 years I think they're wide of the mark. The Ashetons have never sounded better, Iggy's lyrics are just as dumb as when he was 21, the songs rock, the production is good and the music has a live feel. My one criticsm is that Steve Mackay doesn't get to blow on many songs. Its not slick, its not groundbreaking (thousands of bands have been influenced by the Stooges) but its streets ahead of anything else in its genre. The Stooges remain the real deal and the product shows they are growing old disgracefully. Great


Texas Funeral
Texas Funeral
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Price: 14.84

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Texas Funeral, 21 July 2002
This review is from: Texas Funeral (Audio CD)
One of the funniest albums I've ever heard.
Jon Wayne sounds like George Bush chewing pretzels while the band attempt to keep time behind his half-spoken, half-sung vocals. Four out of the first five tracks have Texas in the title and the whole album is partly a send-up, partly a tribute to the Lone Star state. Theres numerous references to whisky, horses, Mexican senoritas, and pick-up trucks. None of the songs lasts too long but there's enough going on in the background to keep a listener entertained for years. The album is full of classic throwaway lines...
The basic quality of the recording adds to the humour and there's some funny asides between band members between tracks. Not an album for those of you who like your music pure and well-produced but for those of us who appreciate humour and originality then I cannot recommend this CD too highly. However, beware of lending it out ot friends - you may never have it returned.


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