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Mc5 Arrested In Ann Arbor For Playing Free Music In West Park Charged With Disturbing The Peace

Mc5 Arrested In Ann Arbor For Playing Free Music In West Park Charged With Disturbing The Peace image Mc5 Arrested In Ann Arbor For Playing Free Music In West Park Charged With Disturbing The Peace image
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Day
26
Month
July
Year
1968
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?,ob Tyner, Vïayne Kramer, Fred Smith, Michael Davis and Dennis Thompson--the MC5-were arrested by inn Arbor Pólice riday, July 26th, and charged with "disturbing the peace1' and ''disorderiy person'1 as a result of a free concert they organized 'and played in AA's VJest Park last Sunday (21). The band posted $125 in bond money Friday and V7ill face the charges in Ann Arbor Municipal Court Monday (29). .irrar.ts stem frcm coinplaints by neighbors of the parU about the alleged "noics" created by the band last The principal complainant , Johannah Lemblc, vhoce nome appcars on the warrant, charges the men individually with creating an "unreascnable anc! disturbing noise" and with "disturbing the peace" by beir.G "loud a b'-ir:terous," in violaticn of city erdinances. 'ihat went down is this: Last summer free rock and roll concerts were held in West Park every Sunday throuL,h the niiddle of September. Ron Miller, bassist for the r.cwdcfunct Seventh 5eal (who is presently in Europe touring with nis present band, the Pigfuckers), obatined the original permits for the concerts, and the Seal as well bands like the Prime Movers, Charles Moore's avant jazz group, Billy C. and the shine, the Up, the Roscoe Mitchell Unit froin Chicago, and San Francisco's Grateíul Dea, took the stand evcry Sunday afternoon to play for their friends and levers. Sinclair and Ron Levine of Trans-Love applied for a permit to use the West Park '..heil some weeks agó and received a flat refusai ■■ Apparently a new ordinance pasced during the vinter months to keep theseconcerts f rom happening again this Af ter givi'ng the matter seme censideration, including consultations with attorneys and local heads, the Trcins-Love people decided to just go down to the park and set up and kick out the jams, since the parks belong to the people r.nyway. Tvro Sundays ago (14th July, Bastille Day) the MC5 set up in the picnic shelter in the park and played a 45-minuto set fo a great aúdience of pale and black people, incluí ing Mayor Wendell Helcher and Pólice Lt. Eugene Staudemire, both of whorn expresscd Lr desire to Sinclair to work out some kind of compromise so Chat these inportant cor.::, nity functions could go on. Fowever, neither man had contacted Sinclair during the folle:ring week (outside of a brief street rap with Staudemire) and the band decided to make it on down to the park again on the next Sunday afternoon. '.iord of mouth spread the news, and n largo greoving audience was there rcady for it. The UP played the first set and smoked all the way through, with a short intcr' ruption when two üniformtd Ann Arbor policemen mounted the stage in an attempted suppression scène. Lt. Staudemire emerged from the audience wh had been the prbceedlngs and cooled out the patrolmen. He explained to the bands that the neighbors around the park v. tnplaining about the noise and could they turn down a little to sce how it'd work out e. Ou UP did the res. of their show, and the 5 followed with a complete one-hour show with no more incidents. Staudemire, who scems to'v d as the city's unofficinl lij-ison agent with the Trans-Love freeks, explained after the music was over that there had been many complaints and that the city would probably take some action against them, but it wasn't until Friday that the arrests w There was no music in the park this weekend, but one Interestlng dcveloprnent has taken place: city officials have expressed a further desire to meet with Mnclair and other hip spokesmen this next week to sec what can be worked out in terms of free outdoor concerts. Meanwhile petitions are being circulated among Ann Arbor 's hip citizenry to demónstrate the necd tor such concerts. More news as it happens. FLASHJ More news happened. On Sunday, July 28, as this SUN was Soing to press, the MC5 was travelling to Oakland. Univcrsitv in Rochester, Michigan, = J _ a benefit for ALSAC (Aid to Leukemia-S.tr i eken American Children) when they were met by their equipment reported that thcy'd been at the gig and were .reeted by more than 10 Oakland County Sheriff 's Department cars. ..pparently the legendary Gakland pigs had warrants for Rob Tyner, .ike Davis and Wayne Kramer dating back to 72566 and were determined to cash them in at Oakland U when the band arrived. We just turned around. and went home. Stay tuned to the paper radio for more news as it happens. THE SUN, paper medium of ths Trans -I.ove Energies cqmmunity, is issued wheneyer feasible by local mindless acid freeks a, a co.muni.ty service. ItUl have to do until we can take over a few radio and televisión stations. .,11 labor and materials are free.