MC5 – Kick Out The Jams (1972)

Originating from Detroit—often dubbed the Motor City—the MC5, short for Motor City 5, were pioneers alongside Iggy & The Stooges in shaping an early form of the music genre now known as punk rock, which at the time was referred to as protopunk. The band was formed by a duo of guitarist friends, Wayne Kramer and Fred “Sonic” Smith, and became notorious for a particular song that sparked controversy.

Captured in a moment of high energy, three individuals are visible in the scene, each in a unique pose that conveys a sense of dynamic performance. On the left is a man with his arm outstretched, holding an electric guitar, mid-strum, dressed in a patterned green shirt and dark slacks. At the center is another man, enigmatic with a full head of curly hair, donned in a sparkling, sequined top and black pants, appearing to be singing or vocalizing into a microphone. On the right, a third person, also with a guitar, is slightly leaned back, wearing a patterned shirt in shades of red and brown, coordinating with the overall retro aesthetic of the group. Together, they form an ensemble that exudes the raw and unfiltered essence typical of the early protopunk scene.

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