MC5: A True Testimonial, also written as MC5 A True Testimonial, is a 2002 feature-length documentary film about the MC5, a Detroit-based rock band of the 1960s and early 1970s. The film was produced by Laurel Legler and directed by David C. Thomas; the couple spent more than seven years working on the project. Although the MC5 are considered very influential today, they were relatively obscure in their time.
For those unfamiliar, The MC5: A True Testimonial by David C. Thomas was a documentary about the renowned Detroit-spawned band, who became outlaws and wanted men in their own time for their political involvements, and whose music provided some of the direct underpinnings for '70s punk; the sound was good and loud, everyone who was relevant was interviewed, and th.
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MC5 were not about good vibes but revolution. Fred "Sonic" Smith was the archetypical quiet one of the group, yet he was the main architect of their sound, entirely taking over the direction of the MC5's radical final album High Time. The drugged-out fallout and depressing aftermath makes for uneasy viewing. The documentary ends with the MC5 returning to Le Grande Ballroom for a final gig as the MC3, stoned out of their minds and reduced to an MC2 when Wayne Kramer absconds midway through a song.
The MC5 A True Testimonial (pro-shot).