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MC5's Kick Out the Jams

Don McLeese

Don McLeese has written about rock for the alternative weekly Chicago Reader, as the award-winning pop music critic for the Chicago Sun-Times and Austin American-Statesman and as a frequent contributor to Rolling Stone, Request and other national music magazines. He is now an associate professor of journalism at the University of Iowa, and a senior editor at No Depression. He continues to contribute to national music, literary and general-interest publications. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Continuum, 2005

33 1/3 Books

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...When the Motor City 5 stormed the stage, the band combined the kinetic flash of James Brown on acid with the raw musical dynamics of the Who gone berserk. It’s a unique band that can land itself on the cover of Rolling Stone a month before...
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...In the early 1970s, the Modern Lovers infused Boston’s nascent proto-punk, hard blues-rock scene with a geographic authenticity that made them, and their leader Jonathan Richman, one of the city’s best-kept secrets. Richman, born in Natick,...

The Pixies

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MC5

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...As one of the bands that managed the transition from mid-1960s blues rock to proto-punk, the MC5 developed into one of the era’s most historically influential outfits. By 1965, friends Wayne Kramer and Fred Smith, who had grown up...

Nick Cave

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...The gothic country post-punk sound of Nick Cave’s flagship band, the Bad Seeds, brought to the scene a unique interpretation of American and frontier mythology. Born in rural Victoria, Australia in 1957, Cave’s father, an English teacher...

Garage Rock

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VIII : Genres: North America

The Continuum International, 2012

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...‘Garage’ is a troublesome but indispensable adjective in both the history and criticism of rock. Widely and almost promiscuously used, its meanings float uneasily between the literal and the metaphorical. In its original sense ‘garage band’...

Milwaukee, WI

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume IV : Locations: North America

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: city – 573,899 (2001); metropolitan area – 1,521,424 (2001) Located on the western shore of Lake Michigan, the area now known as Milwaukee had a beautifully diverse landscape that complemented its...

Seattle, WA

Dave Laing

Dave Laing is the author of several books on popular music and a former editor of Music Week. Former Research Fellow at the University of Westminster where he conducted research on the music industry. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume IV : Locations: North America

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: (city) 563,374, (region) 3,275,847 (2000) Seattle, Washington is situated on the Puget Sound on the Pacific northwest coast. The area was home to the Duwamish tribe of Native Americans before...

San Francisco Bay Area, CA

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume IV : Locations: North America

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: Bay Area – 6,783,760 (2000); San Francisco (city and county) – 776,733; Oakland (city) – 399,484; Berkeley (city) – 102,743 The San Francisco Bay Area is located on the west coast of northern...

Boston, MA

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume IV : Locations: North America

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: city – 589,141 (2000); metropolitan area – 5,828,000 (1997) Boston is the capital of the state of Massachusetts, located on a peninsula on the northeast coast of the United States, 218 miles (348...