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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Long-delayed MC5 Documentary May Soon See Commercial Release

Posted By on 03.16.11 at 12:03 PM

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Since writing a Reader cover story about the documentary MC5: A True Testimonial in April 2004, I haven’t closely followed the efforts of filmmakers Laurel Legler and David Thomas to give their terrific movie a theatrical release—the completed film has been in legal limbo for about seven years, almost as long as they spent making it. But it appears they can see light at the end of the tunnel: in April 2007 I blogged that a lawsuit against the filmmakers by MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer and his wife Margaret had been dismissed; the main thrust of the suit was that Legler and Thomas had used the band's music in the film without licensing it from Warner/Chappell Music, which owns the publishing rights.

That leaves just one financial hurdle between MC5: A True Testimonial and its long-delayed release: the filmmakers have to pay Warner/Chappell for sync licenses for the MC5 songs they're using in the movie. Freddie Brooks, a Detroit music producer who's helped Legler and Thomas over the years, has started a Kickstarter campaign to raise the money—they're trying to come up with $27,000 by May 9. So far $2,070 has been pledged. As one of the lucky few who got to see MC5: A True Testimonial, I can attest to the documentary's quality: with its gripping story and knockout performance footage, it's definitely worth making a donation.

Today's playlist:

Luigi Archetti, Null (Die Schachtel)
Various artists, The Roots of Chicha 2: Psychedelic Cumbias From Peru (Barbès)
LCD Soundsystem, This Is Happening (DFA/Capitol)
Johannes Dahle/Gunnar Dahle, Slattar Fra Telemark I (Talik)
Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Viva la Tradicion (Concord Picante)

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