The Hard Stuff
Wayne Kramer
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The Hard Stuff: Dope, Crime, the MC5, and My Life of Impossibilities
Wayne Kramer
Da Capo Press
320 pages
August 2018
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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Wayne Kramer, the 19-year old guitar player who founded the MC5, was a radical, a rebel, a revolutionary and a rock-and-roller. He was all about kickin’ out the jams, mother***ker, and he adopted that mantra in his private life, political pursuits and his guitar playing.

His autobiography reads like the blueprint for the way many post-MC5 rockers would eventually live their lives: join a rock band, revolt against the establishment, get acquainted with drugs and end up in jail.

It is a startling memoir from a man who was there during the upheaval of the ‘60s and in fact was responsible for no small part of the turbulence. In his book, he tells us how he fought bravely against police brutality and sought to even the balance between power and authority. Along the way, he recorded three mindblowing albums, opened for Jimi Hendrix and, in three short years, created a body of music that stands to this day.

One of the best rock autobiographies to come along in a long time.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Steven Rosen, 2019

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