In Memoriam: Wayne Kramer of MC5 (Motor City Five)

Wayne Kramer was an iconic American guitarist, songwriter and founding member of the influential rock band MC5 (Motor City Five). Born on April 30, 1948, in Detroit, Michigan, Kramer played a pivotal role in shaping the sound and ethos of the late 1960s counterculture. MC5, known for their politically charged lyrics and high-energy performances, became a symbol of rebellion and the prototypical punk rock band. Kramer's incendiary guitar playing and the band's revolutionary spirit left an indelible mark on the music landscape. Despite the short-lived existence of MC5, Wayne Kramer's impact endured as he continued to contribute to the music scene through solo work and collaborations, solidifying his status as a legendary figure in rock and roll history. Kramer shared a glimpse into his life with his autobiography, The Hard Stuff.

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