from MC5 timeline] . . . During a
self-financed promotional West Coast Tour (March,7~22) and while in
L.A., the MC5 begin to work on their second album at the Elektra
studios with producer/engineer Bruce Botnick.
On this occasion Sinclair and Dennis
Frawley visit the distributor of the Elektra discs to San Francisco
where they note the modifications of the contents of all the albums of
the MC-5 (censored liner notes and " Kick out the jams, motherfuckers "
replaced by " Kick out the jams, brothers & sisters ").
Whereas sessions of "Back In The USA" in
L.A. with Bruce Botnick (right before their departure from Elektra) are
recorded, including the following titles: CALL ME ANIMAL - TEENAGE LUST
- HUMAN BEING LAWNMOWER, Sinclair flies away to New York to meet
Elektra management. The contract is broken by mutual agreement between
Sinclair and Elektra and the sessions are abandoned.
From New York, Sinclair wants to go to
Florida and to join the group at the Easter Rock Festival in FORT
LAUDERDALE (w/Chuck Berry & Creedence Clearwater). Their
booking agent in Michigan announces that the state of Florida has just
issued a warrant for the arrest of the group if they try to cross the
borders of the state. Sinclair sends word for them to return directly
to Ann Arbor from California.
The reason why they can not enter Florida
is reported in the press: "MC5 were taken off the bill of the mammoth
Ft. Lauderdale Pop Festival, because of an allegedly "filthy" picture
of the group at play which appeared in the Berkeley Barb." Get
The next month, President of Elektra
records J.Holtzman puts a term at the contract of the MC-5 through a
letter sent to the band (dated April 16, 1969)