I Brought Down the MC5 By Michael Davis, 345 pgs.

Dec 13, 2018

This was a bit of a shocker to see this pop up in 2018, considering I knew the author had passed away in 2012. Whatever the back story is, let’s be glad this is here. The book traces Michael Davis’s history growing up in 1960s Detroit. Michael later became caught up in rock music, going from just attending shows to getting up on stage. Although he would become best known for being the MC5’s bassist, we now have the background of how he got there. Post-MC5 there were various projects, the most notable being his stint with Ron Asheton in Destroy All Monsters. Davis is brutally honest in how a lot of his life decisions were fueled by drugs and alcohol. In later years, he became more involved with painting. Life seemed to settle down a bit for him in later years, with his last marriage most likely assisting with that situation. What’s more intriguing are some of the stories not told, the major one being his reunion with Wayne Kramer and Dennis Thompson in 2003 for a tour. Was this redeeming for him after being kicked out of the band originally? I guess we will never know. This is still a fascinating story I highly recommend any fans of the band check out. –Sean Koepenick (Cleopatra, cleopatrarecords.com)