TALK SHOW WITH HARPER SIMON | EPISODE 29
MC5’s Wayne Kramer on Garage Rock, Politics, and Life in Jail
Wayne Kramer was a founding member in legendary band, the MC5. After the band imploded in a haze of counter-culture politics and drugs, Kramer was imprisoned for several years for charges related to selling cocaine. He is active with the charity group, Jail Guitar Doors, which provides instruments to incarcerated people in American prisons.
The MC5, garage rock explosion that led to the Iggy and the Stooges, and what follows sex, drugs & rock and roll is shared by Wayne Kramer. The social firmament that birthed the White Panthers and Weathermen, plus the Occupy movement and Obama’s need to govern ‘from the center’ is discussed, along with a hard look at the failed drug war and racist justice system. Kramer’s time in jail, and the Jail Guitar Doors prison program are discussed in a wide reaching discussion that shows the depth and wisdom of the rock and roll legend on Talk Show with Harper Simon.