Steppenwolf are one of the big three proto-metal bands who, along with Blue Cheer and Iron Butterfly set the stage for heavy metal. Like Iron Butterfly they are best known for one song, 'Born to be Wild', but also like them there is so much more to explore. 'Sookie Sookie', 'The Pusher', and the majestic 'Magic Carpet Ride' are all classics from a band that surprisingly has lived out to the present day in different permutations.
A new DVD has just been released,John Kay & Steppenwolf, A Rock & Roll Odyssey
Here's the blurb....
A Rock & Roll Odyssey, (1 hour & 26 mins) the story of one of rock's most enduring, uncompromising outspoken bands, John Kay's escape from communism, The Sparrow, Steppenwolf's triumphs, tribulations and 40 year history, the music, the places and faces, the pop culture Meccas, the turbulent 60's and more, all are documented here with archival footage, performances and interviews, narrated by John Kay and a diverse cast of characters who played major roles in Steppenwolf's legacy.