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Best of: Wayne Kramer

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    Wayne Kramer On World Cafe In this Sense of Place: Detroit feature, the MC5 co-founder discusses people and moments that fueled the city's music scene. He also talks about his charity Jail Guitar Doors USA, which he founded with fellow musician Billy Bragg to provide instruments for incarcerated musicians.
Best of: Sense Of Place Detroit An Indepth View With Guitarist/Intellectual Wayne Kramer Of The MC5

December 27, 2013 - If we are going to get any Sense of Detroit’s place in rock history, the whys and whos, it is from our guest today, Wayne Kramer.
In the 1960s Wayne was co-founder of The MC5 the loud, passionate, radical Detroit band that is at the root of much of the Detroit rock that came later. Wayne has great insight into how the economic woes of the city affected the music scene and the rise of crime. He also tells us about how rock moved from the teen clubs where he would play all night to the scene at the Grande Ballroom where shouts of “Kick Out The Jams” led to the MC5’s best known song. We will also hear about his rock and roll charity Jail Guitar Doors bringing instruments to incarcerated musicians.

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