Saturday, July 4, 2009

UP!

If you have had the pleasure of reading John Sinclair's life affirming tome, Guitar Army, you might have some knowledge of The UP. For the rest of you squares, The UP were super tight White Panther bros of the legendary MC5. Now while The UP were like a mere spark next to the explosive rock power of the 5, they were still a bunch of fearless furry freaks ready to fight the pigs for the right to rock, smoke grass, and bang dumpy college girls in peasant dresses, and that demands attention. In 1970, under the management of John Sinclair the band managed to eke out the single Just Like An Aborigine b/w Hassan I Sabbah, but soon after John was busted on some bullshit weed charge. This setback resulted in the inspiration for the band's second single Free John Now! b/w Prayer For John Sinclair. Here's a great collection of everything the The UP managed to get on tape in their short career, and it even has a guest appearance from America's favorite pederastic poet, Alan Ginsberg. Enjoy this shit with a bong and a rifle within reach. Off the pigs!

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

cool shit. should post some 'rationals' now too

p.venikov said...

cool!

THRIPS said...

Wow, i'm a huge MC5 fan and never heard of this record. Freedom brother!

Anonymous said...

awe-some...

elmer68 said...

Aesop-
Thanks for fattening up my music collection over the past year. Have a great 4th!!!

-Anonymous Jew

Anonymous said...

Brilliant! Thanx! Yeah, that was a great book huh? Been trying to track down an hippifried orginal edition on the cheap ... only stuff I've heard is the stuff on the included cd ... again thanx ... Jealous, my Dad lived in Detroit at this time hanging at the Grande watching all this stuff go down ... Hey Aesop ... got any more LLN stuff kicking around ... love that stuff ... That UFO (?) Black Metal was pretty wild too ...

Christian

Vultch said...

Never heard of this! Thanks for posting this! DL this when I get off work.Bullshit working on the this day...oh well...got some dankity dank and this waiting for me when I get off! THANKS

Dennis Dread said...

Back in the early 90's John Brannon rarely appeared on stage with the Laughing Hyenas without his purple White Panthers shirt. "WE ARE EVERYWHERE! POWER TO THE PEOPLE!"

Mike Desert said...

I got this when I worked at a record store circa 1995 and was so stoked...till I listened to it. The music was no where near as cool as the photos.

Jannell Says said...

I really enjoyed this album today. Thanks for uploading it. I LOVE your blog and have been singing the praises on facebook!

Cosmo said...

John Sinclair's got a new book coming out, "It's All Good - A John Sinclair Reader" I got a copy from him (UK Printing) last month in Amsterdam.

You can find the book at http://headpress.com
ISBN 978-1-900486-68-2

greezus chrust said...

great book and post- john's a rad guy- he just stayed at my friends parent's house last time he was on tour- last year i believe. i think he might be doing spoken word stuff now....not sure, but i could find out!