Monday, April 25, 2011

MC5 bassist on HIO

MC5 bassist Michael Davis, whom I interviewed awhile back, recently heard some HIO recordings online and had this to say: "This is a canvas of sound, open-ended, continuous, and organic. A soundtrack of a dream. Music to paint by. The freshest thing I've heard this century! The treacherous zone where right is wrong and wrong is right."

Quite a thrill for me reading his words, having spent months gaping at his psychedelic-Uncle-Sam-suited image on the back of the Kick Out the Jams sleeve before summoning the nerve to buy the record as a 14-year-old, and admiring his band's experimental edge after I got to hear all those '68 live recordings in the '90s.

These days, of course, Michael is running the Music is Revolution Foundation, which awards grants to music teachers in public schools.


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