Rock 'n' roll high schools
From Nolan Strong to the MC5, proof of more than a teenage wasteland
Published: December 14, 2011
In the end, Lincoln Park High alumni the MC5 said it best in 1970's "High School":
They only wanna shake it up, baby,
Dance to the rockin' bands.
They only want a little excitement.
They like to get a little outta hand.
The song harked back to the pre-revolution teenage world from which they'd sprung and stood as a high-velocity salute to every kid who'd ever dreamed of trading the classroom for a recording studio. In Detroit, more often than not, they did.
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