Exhibit: A look back at the Motor City 5

- They were loud, ruckus and in your face at a time when rock 'n' roll was changing in America.

Wayne Dramer, Dennis Thompson, Rob Tyner, Fred Smith and Michael Davis were the Motor City 5, or MC5. They paved the way for all to rock in the genre of punk and rock in the 1960s. And it all started in Lincoln Park, Michigan.

"You talk to a lot of people in the rock world today and they mention how influential the MC5 were," says curator Jeff Day. 

"It wasn't straight up garage rock, but kind of a hybrid of the intensity of garage rock and no limitations of commercial rock and mixing in jazz," says co-curator Tim Caldwell. 

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the group, the Lincoln Park Historical Museum created an exclusive exhibit to honor and remember the hometown rockers. 

Fans from all over the world, along with family members of the group plus two surviving members, all loaned items for the exhibit.

"They'll get to see a little bit of everything. We start over at the beginning of their careers here in Lincoln Park while they were in high school. Then we advance into the Grande Ballroom which started in '66," says Day. "A lot of their recordings we have pretty much all of the recordings, the 45s as well as their three primary LPs that came out; their debut LP came in ... January of '69. We have the two versions of that. We have costumes."

You can rock with the MC5 exhibit at the Lincoln Park Memorial Museum through Labor Day.


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