On October 30th and 31st of 1968, Detroit's MC5 recorded what would become their debut album "Kick Out the Jams" at The Grande Ballroom. The live album would capture Rob Tyner, Wayne Kramer, Fred "Sonic" Smith, Dennis "Machine Gun" Thompson and Mike Davis at their primal best, in front of a rabid hometown crowd at Russ Gibb's San Francisco-style ballroom. Playing alongside the second wave of British invasion bands like Led Zeppelin, Cream and The Who, word spread that the Grande's house band wouldn't let anyone come to Detroit and show them up. For touring bands it was "Kick Out The Jams MOTHERFUCKER!" or get off the fucking stage. Friendly competition. Call it what you want to call it. The MC5 essentially created protopunk as they blended blues, garage and psychedelic, bearers of the rock and roll torch, with performances, a live presentation and attitude that made each show a one of a kind experience for concert goers. With "Kick Out The Jams" the band found themselves with a national voice and an image of themselves revolutionaries in post-riot Detroit as the 1960s seethed with racial, economic and military tensions.