Frederick Dewey “Sonic” Smith

Frederick Dewey “Sonic” Smith

West Virginia, USA
Death 4 Nov 1994 (aged 46)
Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA
Burial Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA
Plot Section V
Memorial ID 7127269 · View Source
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Fred "Sonic" Smith was a legendary rock and roll guitarist from the Detroit scene. His pure, driving sounds can be heard in the works of the MC5 (1967-1971) and Sonic's Rendezvous (1975-1980). These bands (along with the Stooges and other Detroit-centered groups) advanced a strong political aesthetic in rock, as well as a totally "in your face" sound that was a prototypical influence for Punk. Author John Sinclair's book "Guitar Army" delves into the story of Fred and the MC5. In 1979, Fred met poet/lyricist Patti Smith at a press party hosted at Detroit’s Lafayette Coney Island. The two wed in 1980, and, besides continuing to write and produce great music, raised two children named Jackson and Jesse.

Bio by: Smilin


Frederick D. Smith
Musician, XX century



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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Frederick Dewey “Sonic” Smith (14 Sep 1948–4 Nov 1994), Find a Grave Memorial no. 7127269, citing Elmwood Cemetery, Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .