Wayne Kramer is an eternal militant. As a founding member of the MC5, Mr. Kramer helped push social and musical boundaries with the legendary Detroit hard rock group. Taking musical influences from Chuck Berry, John Coltrane and Sun Ra, and social/political influences from the Black and White Panthers, the MC5 became one of the groundbreaking bands of the late 1960s.
Now, as co-founder of Jail Guitar Doors USA, Mr. Kramer is fighting for the rehabilitation and fair treatment of inmates in prisons across the US and UK. Jail Guitar Doors works with music rehabilitation programs in an attempt to bring about “a change of heart” in inmates. The non-profit also functions as a way to inject prison reform into the national, political dialogue. Mr. Kramer visited Georgetown to take part in the Future of Music Summit, and WGTB was able to sit down for a near-hour long interview with the legendary guitarist and militant.
Jail Guitar Doors Webpage: http://jailguitardoors.org/
Originally recorded for WGTB Georgetown Radio, published on 11-04-13.