Deerfield, MA: Woodrose Ballroom, 1970. 10 ½ x 17 in. Lithograph poster. With bent bottom right corner and small open tear to the top right. Missing top left corner. Nevertheless in very good condition. Item #POS185
The Woodrose Ballroom was a former roller skating rink turned concert venue in Deerfield, Massachusetts that hosted numerous legendary musicians from the late 1960s and 1970s, including The Velvet Underground, The Kinks, J. Geils Band, Iggy Pop and many others. This poster is for a show the MC5 performed at the Woodrose alongside Slag and Vale, with a light show from Captain Video on February 6th, 1970.
MC5 was a Detroit rock band influential on nascent punk music that was informed by the MC5's energetic, loud, and politically charged songs. Their sound was influenced from garage rock, blues, R & B, and psychedelic rock. Founded by guitarists Wayne Kramer and Fred Smith, the two joined their separate bands together and enlisted Rob Derminer as a front man. Their name was short for Motor City Five referencing their home city. Along with Marxism and the Beat generation, MC5 was deeply effected by the Black Panthers whose influence would push them into an active involvement with the White Panther movement. Much of this occurred under the management of John Sinclair who was a poet and founder of the White Panther Party. The band released three studio albums, followed by numerous compilations and live recordings.