One of the most electrifying acts to ever storm a Rock'n'Roll stage, the
MC5's Detroit performances in the late 60s are legend. Their debut album,
Kick Out the Jams, set a high-energy sonic standard rarely matched in the
thirty years since its release. The MC5's uncompromising stance and
radical affiliations placed them, briefly, at the musical forefront of a
generation bent on political and cultural change. In the midst of the most
turbulent years in our nation's history, the MC5 embraced the promise and
embodied the possibilities of a real American Revolution.
For their efforts the MC5 were rewarded with critical indifference, broken
contracts, police hassles and the censorship and suppression of their
music. The MC5 became, in their own words, "perfect targets for the
double-cross." Relegated to some dark and forgotten corner of rock
history, they have become little more than a curiosity, a footnote, victims
of the American Ruse.
But their legend has lived on, and while the influence of the MC5 continues
to resurface in Punk, in Heavy Metal, in Grunge, entire generations know
little of their actual story. ...Right Now, ...it's time to Get Down With
It, ...it's time to Testify, ...it's time to tell the true story of one of
the most unique and influential American Rock'n'Roll bands: ...the MC5,
their place in rock history, and their place in American History.
Through rare film and television footage, still photographs and interviews,
the whole story of the MC5 will come to life again. This is a story of
stars and bars and dragstrips and riots; Panthers and pot-busts; Art and
Revolution and the FBI; this is the real story of five genuine American
heroes. This is the story of a revolution fueled by twin guitars and
decked out in sequined suits; this is a story of the fire and of the smoke
behind the American Dream.