That time Wayne Kramer told me about the MC5’s political consciousness in the ’60s

By Steve Newton I missed out on the MC5 when they were a major musical force on the American counterculture scene in the late '60s. And it's not just 'cause I'm Canadian. I was only 11 when their groundbreaking Kick Out the Jams debut album came out, and at that point all I listened to … Continue reading That time Wayne Kramer told me about the MC5’s political consciousness in the ’60s

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Blitzspeer’s Phil Caivano says the New York metal scene kicks L.A.’s poser ass

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, APRIL 11, 1991 By Steve Newton In the rock journalism biz, it’s sometimes fun to get your interviewee a little riled. Like when Blitzspeer vocalist Phil Caivano calls from New York and has to respond to the sly query about whether the metal scene in the Big Apple is … Continue reading Blitzspeer’s Phil Caivano says the New York metal scene kicks L.A.’s poser ass

The MC5’s Wayne Kramer recalls raging against the American war machine

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, JUNE 30, 2004 By Steve Newton It's hard to find a contemporary garage-rock band that isn't heavily indebted to the MC5. Although it only released three albums in its five-year recording career, the Detroit quintet--along with fellow Motor City maniacs the Stooges--left an indelible impression on nearly every punk-edged act that … Continue reading The MC5’s Wayne Kramer recalls raging against the American war machine