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During a time of social and political unrest, when the hippies and the "man" were locked in mortal combat and profound changes were taking pop music to places nobody had dreamed of before, Steppenwolf was not only there, it was spearheading the revolution.
The pack leader of the late-'60s counterculture, Steppenwolf's fire-breathing biker anthem "Born To Be Wild" laid rubber and spewed exhaust as the band, led by John Kay, he of the primal growl you hear on the song, drove down the highways and byways of America and took magic carpet rides. On its journey, the band found itself at the epicenter of explosive cultural movements, and on the 1969 album Monster, Steppenwolf addressed head on some of the hot-button political issues of the time.
Now comes a career-spanning DVD titled "John Kay & Steppenwolf, A Rock & Roll Odyssey," due out Sept. 30, that tells the incredible story of this iconic band and what was happening around them when Steppenwolf was as big as anybody in the land.