Book Beat is proud to host author Brett Callwood and MC5 manager/ poet/ raconteur John Sinclair for a signing and discussion on Sunday Oct. 10 at 2-5pm to celebrate the release of the first US edition of “MC5: Sonically Speaking.” The Book Beat is located at 26010 Greenfield, Oak Park, MI – please call 248-968-1190 for more information.
After the book discussion and signing we’ll have an MC5 swap meet! Bring in your stories, photos, posters, buttons, memorabilia, vinyl goodies and more – share the love! Special limited edition “Poetry is Revolution” posters signed by John & Leni Sinclair are available now!
For the last hour 4-5 PM, Book Beat will be the site for a special edition of “John Sinclair Radio” -a live recording session featuring the works of the MC5 and Destroy All Monsters.
“Brett Callwood has written—and written well—the long-awaited definitive biography of the MC5, nailing down the important information in the correct order, paying close attention to the actual facts, as opposed to accepted myths and legends, and telling the true story of the MC5 from beginning to end.” – John Sinclair
Along with the Stooges, the Velvet Underground, and the New York Dolls, the MC5 are recognized in music circles as one of the bands that paved the way for punk rock. While the group did not reach the heights of national celebrity or financial success during their seven years together, their musical legacy has never been more celebrated—with recently reissued recordings and documentary footage, as well as an unlikely reunion tour. In MC5: Sonically Speaking, author Brett Callwood delves into the MC5’s story from the band’s beginnings in 1960s Detroit to its 1972 break-up, the post-MC5 fates of its members, and the eventual reunion that cemented its legacy.
Anyone interested in musical history, Detroit rock ‘n’ roll, or American popular culture of the 1960s and beyond will appreciate this candid and fascinating look at the MC5, which was originally published in the UK and is available for the first time in the US in this updated version.