This isn’t some poetic trick question, although play with the idea if you are so inspired. Louder Than Love is a documentary film that will be shown as part of the Traverse City Film Festival next week. I’m interviewing Tony D’Annunzio–the guy who made the film–tomorrow.
Louder Than Love tells the story of Detroit’s Grande Ballroom and the truly bad ass music scene than was shaking out in the late 60′s, early 70′s. Other places were about peace and love, but Detroit was fueled by something different, more raw, more fierce, more…bad ass. I’ll learn more from Tony tomorrow and post the interview next week.
MC5 was one of the bands that always played the Grande. MC5 Guitarist Fred ‘Sonic’ Smith was married to Patti Smith until his death in 1994. So working on this piece keeps my Patti Smith fixation in place. Here’s MC5 Kick Out the Jams: