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September 25, 2011

Detroit's Wayne Kramer: He Always Means Business.

The MC5 truly believed in the power of rock & roll to change the world. --Rolling Stone

For all you Detroit-area boomers and ex-hippies now living in Grosse Pointe Shores, Bloomfield Hills and Birmingham, below is the MC5's Wayne Kramer singing "Ramblin' Rose" and dancing around on stage in July 1970 at Tartar Field (since razed) at Wayne State University. This concert happened about two months after the shootings on May 4 at Kent State--just a few hours drive south and around Lake Erie to northeastern Ohio. Note that Patti Smith's husband, Fred "Sonic" Smith, now deceased, is the non-dancing guitarist in the dark cowboy shirt. If you were born after 1970, don't bother with any of this. Instead, spend the time complaining about how hard your life is and how no one at work appreciates you.

And the MC 5? Saw them 4 or 5 times. Even Cincinnati loved them. They brought out a King-Hell Wild Animal-Angel in every audience they assaulted. Wayne Kramer? He's still at it. Still kicking JAMS. Expect a couple more shellings from him.

Posted by Holden Oliver (Kitzb├╝hel Desk) at September 25, 2011 11:10 PM


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