The Up

City: 
Detroit
Region: 
Michigan
Country: 
USA
Years Active: 
1967-1973
Genre(s): 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan-based proto-punks the Up were formed in the spring of 1967 by vocalist Franklin Bach, then the stage manager and announcer at Detroit's famed Grande Ballroom. Rounded out by guitarist Bob Rasmussen, bassist Gary Rasmussen and drummer Vic Peraino (soon replaced by Scott Bailey), the group was managed by David Sinclair, the brother of local White Panther Party leader John Sinclair, and as such their history became inextricably linked with that of local revolutionary rockers the MC5, with the two bands even living together at the same Ann Arbor commune. The Up regularly opened for the MC5 as well, and were the opening act at the legendary September 1968 show at the Union Ballroom that so impressed Elektra Records president Jac Holzman that he offered a contract not only to the Five but also the second act on the bill, the Stooges; as both groups went on to national notoriety, the Up remained mired on the regional circuit, becoming the primary musical outlet for the White Panthers' propaganda after the MC5 broke away from the party. Finally, in 1970 the Up recorded their debut single "Just Like an Aborigine," a blistering cut similar in sound and spirit to the punk records which emerged from Britain at the end of the decade; a second single, "Free John Now!" — a rallying cry in honor of the imprisoned Sinclair — followed a year later. Although the group disbanded in 1973 — Gary Rasmussen later resurfaced in Sonic's Rendezvous Band — they left behind enough material for a 1995 retrospective LP, Killer Up!

[Ankeny, Jason. allmusic.com. http://allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:gifuxqthldte~T1]

Concerts

Event Datesort descending Venue City Region Country
Tim Buckley 07/22/1967 Grande Ballroom Detroit Michigan USA
The Up 09/03/1967 West Park Ann Arbor Michigan USA
The Rationals 09/09/1967 Grande Ballroom Detroit Michigan USA
Benefit for the Warren Forest-Sun 09/24/1967 Grande Ballroom Detroit Michigan USA
The James Gang 10/28/1967 Grande Ballroom Detroit Michigan USA
The Paupers 11/04/1967 Grande Ballroom Detroit Michigan USA
The Chambers Brothers 12/02/1967 Grande Ballroom Detroit Michigan USA
MC5 12/25/1967 Grande Ballroom Detroit Michigan USA
The Lyman Woodard Trio 12/27/1967 Grande Ballroom Detroit Michigan USA
MC5 12/29/1967 Crow's Nest East St. Clair Shores Michigan USA
MC5 12/30/1967 Crow's Nest East St. Clair Shores Michigan USA
Canned Heat 02/17/1968 Grande Ballroom Detroit Michigan USA
Benefit for the Pink Peech Mob 03/07/1968 DeRoy Auditorium Detroit Michigan USA
The Youngbloods 03/15/1968 Grande Ballroom Detroit Michigan USA
Tribal Stomp 03/24/1968 Grande Ballroom Detroit Michigan USA
Junior Wells 04/07/1968 Grande Ballroom Detroit Michigan USA
Trans-Love Freek Show 04/11/1968 UM Union Ann Arbor Michigan USA
Trans-Love Energies Presents a Freek Dance 04/25/1968 DeRoy Auditorium Detroit Michigan USA
MC5 05/04/1968 Village Pub Birmingham Michigan USA
The James Cotton Blues Band 05/11/1968 Grande Ballroom Detroit Michigan USA
Soft Machine 06/15/1968 Grande Ballroom Detroit Michigan USA
Saugatuck Pop Festival 07/04/1968 Pottawattamie Beach Saugatuck Michigan USA
SRC 07/14/1968 Mother's Romeo Michigan USA
MC5 08/18/1968 Gallup Park Ann Arbor Michigan USA
Dialogue '68 09/06/1968 First Unitarian-Universalist Church of Detroit Detroit Michigan USA

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