The MC5 have all the elements of a great rock biography, and author Brett Callwood, has brought the group’s story to life in Sonically Speaking, which was culled together from interviews with the surviving members, previously printed material, and the author’s research. Callwood does the right thing by letting the story tell itself, without letting his opinions color the proceedings frequently. With chunks of MC5 history already found in other books (Please Kill Me, From Velvets To Voidoids and Guitar Army, among others) it’s the final third of Sonically Speaking, detailing band members’ post-MC5 activities, that’s the most interesting. It’s fascinating to read about everyone’s (mostly failed) attempts at holding down a career in music, with most eventually quitting the business at one point or another out of frustration. Drugs, bad business moves and in-fighting may have torn them apart, but there’s a happy ending, with the three surving members reuniting for a very credible reunion tour in 2003. If someone could only rescue the documentary MC5: A True Testimonial from legal limbo, the band may finally get the widespread recognition they deserve; until then Callwood’s book is a reminder that The MC5 were one of the most important bands in rock history.