Sunday, September 14, 2008

How the jams very nearly weren't kicked out

Engineer Bruce Botnick reveals that the historic recording of the MC5's "Kick Out The Jams" very nearly didn't happen thanks to an accident with the the tape machine on the eve of the gigs:

"All of a sudden, we felt the truck bounce and then we heard a crunch. The 8-track fell over backward, six feet down and hit the ground. It was the only machine we had. Wally and I got down from the truck, stood the machine up, turned it on and it worked perfectly. It was a 3M 8-track — one of the great M-79s. They don't make machines like that anymore.”

Read more in Mix magazine online here.

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