There have been a lot of highs and a lot of lows in Wayne Kramer’s life — and he spends time on both in his raw new autobiography: The Hard Stuff: Dope, Crime, the MC5 & My Life Of Impossibilities. The founder of the short-lived but influential rock group the MC5 is one of Rolling Stone’s 100 greatest guitarists. He has released several solo albums and worked on scores for films and TV.
He has also battled addiction, served time in federal prison for selling drugs, and created the non-profit Jail Guitar Doors USA, which works to help inmates write and express themselves through music. This fall, Kramer is teaming with an all-star group of musicians for the MC50 tour, which naturally ends in Detroit in October.