Vinyl – – MC5’s “Kick Out the Jams 1966-1971”



 The Motor City quintet brought proto-punk to the United States, and inspired generations of bands. In a number of ways, this is where some of the harder-edged subgenres got their roots, with MC5.

This recording is perfect for rock music purists who like to trace a genre or subgenre’s entire history. Before anyone knew what punk was, there was MC5. The calamitous-sounding celebration of the title track, “Kick Out the Jams” is enough of a selling point, really. But there are other good songs, here, too. By the way, the version of “Kick Out the Jams” found here is the uncensored 1968 version. Whether a listener is a so-called music snob or not, sometimes hearing the differences between various versions of a song can be yet another way to enjoy a band that a person has been listening to for years.

Other gems on this album include “Poison” and “Gotta Keep Moving.” Get it today at


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Dodie Miller-Gould is a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana who lives in New York City where she studies creative nonfiction at Columbia University. She has BA and MA degrees in English from Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, and an MFA in Fiction from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Her research interests include popular music and culture, 1920s jazz, and blues, confessional poetry, and the rhetoric of fiction. She has presented at numerous conferences in rhetoric and composition, and creative writing. Her creative works have appeared in Tenth Muse, Apostrophe, The Flying Island, Scavenger's Newsletter and elsewhere. She has won university-based awards for creative work and literary criticism.

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