The Hard Stuff by Wayne Kramer
May 10, 2018 | by danpapps
On 16 August 2018 we will publish The Hard Stuff: Dope, Crime, The MC5 and My Life of Impossibilities, the memoir of Wayne Kramer, the founding guitarist and leader of Detroit’s proto-punk/hard rock band the MC5, timed to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of its incendiary debut album Kick Out the Jams.
In The Hard Stuff Kramer chronicles an abusive childhood, his discovery of rock and roll, and the beginnings of the MC5. He tells the unique story of a band that supplemented the usual excesses with radical politics of the White Panther Party, FBI surveillance, wiretapping and more.
The heart of the book is an intimate portrait of Kramer’s post-MC5 life. His story is a revolutionary one, but it is also the deeply personal struggle of an addict and an artist. From the glory days of Detroit to the junk-sick streets of the East Village – in and out of prison and on and off drugs – this is the classic journeyman narrative, but with a twist: Kramer is here to remind us that revolution is always an option.
Wayne will be celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of Kick Out the Jams with the 35+ date “Kick Out the Jams: The 50th Anniversary Tour” with a band dubbed MC50, including Kim Thayil (Soundgarden), Brendan Canty (Fugazi), Dug Pinnick (King’s X), Marcus Durant (Zen Guerrilla) and Matt Cameron (Pearl Jam).
UK Tour Dates
9 November – Bristol Academy
10 November – Glasgow ABC
11 November – Manchester Albert Hall
12 November – London Shepherds Bush Empire