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Michael Davis, Bassist From ’60s Band MC5, Dies At Age 68: “Michael Davis, the bassist of influential late 1960s rock band MC5, has died of liver failure, his wife said Saturday. He was 68.
Davis died at Enloe Medical Center in Chico, Calif., on Friday afternoon after a month-long hospitalization for liver disease, said Angela Davis.
Born on June 5, 1943, the bassist gained attention in the revolutionary Detroit band MC5 and later played in a version of the group called DKT-MC5 with former MC5 members Wayne Kramer on guitar and Dennis Thompson on drums.
The original MC5 rose to prominence from 1964 to 1972, making waves with incendiary anti-establishment lyrics and a blistering early-punk sound, starting with their first album “Kick Out the Jams,” released in 1969.
A sought-after bassist and also producer, Davis was planning to be in Belgium this week recording with punk rock musician Sonny Vincent, said Davis’ wife.
Davis had a scare in 2006 when he injured his back in a motorcycle accident on a Southern California freeway. He later co-founded the non-profit Music Is Revolution Foundation, dedicated to supporting music education programs in public schools.
In the last few years, Davis also returned to a love of painting, fostered when he first studied fine arts at Wayne State University in Michigan. He dropped out of the program in 1964 to play music, but started studying art again recently in Oregon and California, with the intention of finishing his bachelor’s degree in fine arts.
Davis is survived by his wife, their three sons, and a daughter from a previous marriage. Memorial plans were pending, said Angela Davis.
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Shep Smith outraged to find AT&T is slowing his phone service for using his ‘crap’ data plan | The Raw Story: “Shep Smith got a text message yesterday from his wireless provider, AT&T, informing him that because the WiFi at his house is broken, he’d become one of their top 5 percent of data users and would thus be getting slower wireless service. He was not pleased. “I’m not doing anything different than I ever have, but now they’re going to charge me more for the same thing I’ve always been doing. Thanks. Because, you know what, your system is awesome. It really works great,” he said sarcastically.
“I’m going to pay more for this crap? Because it’s crap!” he added.”
Why is the Obama Administration Suddenly Fixated on Stomping out Medical Pot? | Drugs | AlterNet: “Broken promises are nothing new in Washington, DC. Yet even by the Beltway’s jaded standards, President Obama’s role reversal from one time medicinal cannabis sympathizer to White House weed-whacker is remarkable.”