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Ups Take The Airways

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Parent Issue
Day
28
Month
August
Year
1969
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August l6,Jackson Michigan. Hlstory was written in the skies of southern Michigan late last night as the üp rock and roll band seized radio station WIBM and made on the air detnands for the release of John Sinclair, now serving a ten year sentence for violatlon of state narcotics laws. Upsters Bob and Gary Rassmussen, Scott Baily.Franklln Bach, and Dave Sin clair performed the coup shortly after finishing an engagement at the Jackson Sports Arena, Friday night. Making fcheir way lnto the station through a back door opened by a bufuddled engifneer, the unremitting rock and rollers immediately took charge of programming. On duty disk Jockey Ron HJhMdy at Ittie first break crowded the brSidcast booth with grinning Upster exylaining the situation and naming the revo- lutionary ausicians for the listening audlence. "I declare thls station free territoryl" Pranklin Baoh sald snatching up the microphoneo The Upsters then pro ceeded to run lt down giving accounts of thcir recent performance, informa tion about future gigs, facts about their upcoming single, BE MY TOOTSIE R0LLHA3SAN I SABBA, and other pertinent shit. Members of the band scoured the j station in search of music approprlate to the occasion. Just bef ore the airlng of JAILHOUSE ROCK, Dave Sinclair. commandedFREE JOHN SINCLAIR I" ánS the Upsters shouted their approval. "We're beset over the lackluster response the kiddies gave us at the Sports Arena, and thats one reason we came to the station," Soott Bailfy told the listieners. "I mean.aw shucks, half the place was empty by the last set, like everybody has to be in bed by eleven or something." Upster dissapointment was apparently unallayed by reports that Jackson fans were never seen to be as enthusiastlc. The Up had the norraally lifeless crowd on lts f eet, dancing, clapping, and carring on. Well recleved was JEB-RU, thé ücw composition about lead singer Prank Bach's and wife Bonnie's unborn baby. "We no sooner feil off the stage half naked, dripping wlth sweat, and up comes the manager to teil us we broke the rules by takln our shirts offf"Upster bassist Gary Rassr ssen added. "The old man was real kiicé, but {more pgr2; (more UP f ron page l) seemei to think the corrupt ion of youth started vhen a rock and roll singer split hls pant8. He was af raid that hls club would run lnto the ground if the kids started following of the band and exposlng their tlttles. He searched one of our chlck"s purses saylng, wIts the girls that always sneak the bottles in t o the bands." He was pretty f ar outl Control of the radio, station was returned to lt"s ov,ners.at approximately 1:00 Saturday mornlng as the tired and hungry Upsters made it back to Ann Arbor for SOME"O THAT GO0D OLD NATURAL HOME COOKING. The Up play at Detroit "s Grande Ballroom Sunday, August Zk and at the Canterbury House in Ann Arbor Tuesday, August 26. August 31 Sunday afternoon, flnds the Upsters at a free in-the-park concert in Benton Harbor, Michigan.