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The Hard Stuff

The Hard Stuff

Last 3 in stock
ISBN
9780571341269
Published
16/08/2018
9780571341269
Format
Paperback
Price
£14.99
Paperback
320

About the Book

A ROUGH TRADE BOOK OF THE YEAR

Wayne Kramer, legendary guitarist and co-founder of quintessential Detroit proto-punk legends The MC5, tells his story in The Hard Stuff.

'As gripping as it is sobering.'
THE TIMES

'Voyerustically dramatic.'
NEW YORK TIMES

'Eye-opening.'
GUARDIAN

'One of rock's most engaging and readable memoirs.'
ROLLING STONE

'Inspiring and redempetive.'
UNCUT

'An endearing read.'
MOJO

Led by legendary guitarist Wayne Kramer, The MC5 was a reflection of the times: exciting, sexy, violent, out of control – assuring their time in the spotlight would be short-lived.

Kramer’s 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, from Key West to Nashville and sunny Los Angeles, in and out of prison and on and off of drugs, his is the classic journeyman narrative, but with a twist: he’s here to remind us that revolution is always an option.

A ROUGH TRADE BOOK OF THE YEARWayne Kramer, legendary guitarist and co-founder of quintessential Detroit proto-punk legends The MC5, tells his story in The Hard Stuff.'As gripping as it is sobering.'THE TIMES'Voyerustically dramatic.'NEW YORK TIMES'Eye-opening.'GUARDIAN'One of rock's most engaging and readable memoirs.'ROLLING STONE'Inspiring and redempetive.'UNCUT'An endearing read.'MOJOLed by legendary guitarist Wayne Kramer, The MC5 was a reflection of the times: exciting, sexy, violent, out of control – assuring their time in the spotlight would be short-lived.Kramer’s 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, from Key West to Nashville and sunny Los Angeles, in and out of prison and on and off of drugs, his is the classic journeyman narrative, but with a twist: he’s here to remind us that revolution is always an option.
“The MC5 and Brother Wayne have inspired me and given me spiritual strength with both their music and religious belief in the power of rock and roll as a transformative and revolutionary force. Read this book and be inspired!”
- Bobby Gillespie
“Wayne Kramer's story is an incredible tale of rock 'n' roll redemption. The MC5 crystallized the '60s counterculture movement at its most volatile and basically invented punk rock music. But Wayne's life proved to be as chaotic as his groundbreaking guitar playing. Rogue, rascal, rebel, revolutionary, artist, addict, inmate, poet, prisoner, and now proud papa, Brother Wayne Kramer is one of the wisest people I know, and he has earned that wisdom the hard way. The world needs to know this man's story. Here it is.”
- Tom Morello