The Hard Stuff: Dope, Crime, the MC5, and My Life of Impossibilities

The Hard Stuff: Dope, Crime, the MC5, and My Life of Impossibilities

The first memoir by Wayne Kramer, legendary guitarist and cofounder of quintessential Detroit proto-punk legends The MC5 In January 1969, before the world heard a note of their music, The MC5 was on the cover of Rolling Stone. The missing link between free jazz and punk rock, they were raw, primal, and, when things were clicking, absolutely unstoppable. Led by legendary gui The first memoir by Wayne Kramer, legendary guitarist and cofounder of quintessential Detroit proto-punk legends ...

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Title:The Hard Stuff: Dope, Crime, the MC5, and My Life of Impossibilities
Author:Wayne Kramer
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Genres:Music
ISBN:0306921545
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

The Hard Stuff: Dope, Crime, the MC5, and My Life of Impossibilities Reviews

  • Matt
    Aug 22, 2018
    Disappointing. Kramer's lived an interesting life, been in a cool band, had some hard knocks, but he doesn't go into any of it in depth or says all that much about it to make it sound different than your usual rock n roll story of excess, rock bottom, and redemption through rehabili...
  • Jay Gabler
    Mar 13, 2019
    Certainly captures Kramer's personality and puts the MC5's music into context, but as a memoir it's kind of a memory dump. Serves its purpose. I created a Hard Stuff trivia quiz for The Current. ...
  • Sean Kottke
    Aug 05, 2018
    Wayne relates his life with the same intensity that characterizes the MC5's music: vivid, painful, melodic and exhilarating. ...
  • Phil Overeem
    Oct 12, 2018
    This is a fast-moving, informative recollection of a restless life through crazy times. Particularly powerful is Kramer?s memories of incarceration before our government completely went racist-rogue. Also, Kramer painfully tracks his personal evolution through addiction, incarceratio...
  • Clif
    Jun 14, 2019
    A good book, but not exactly what I was hoping for. Wayne Kramer is a engaging, introspective, intelligent write. However, I was hoping for more details about his MC5 days, which in all honesty probably have been covered to death. Most of the book is about his jail time and his struggl...
  • C. Quabela
    Aug 16, 2018
    You can read my review of the book here: Recollections and Recovery of a Revolutionary Rockstar ...
  • Dr. Detroit
    Dec 06, 2018
    Most everything you need to know about the MC5 saga and the town in which they were targeted as Public Enemy #1 by first the city, then the state, and finally the White House is best summed up by guitarist Wayne Kramer?s casual aside that ?the Summer of Love didn?t make a stop in...
  • RecoveringDJ
    Oct 19, 2018
    As a native Detroiter and music fan, there were some interesting tales entertaining about both. But overall a little meandering. ...
  • Sonia
    May 21, 2019
    As rock memoirs go this is one of the better ones. Wayne Kramer doesn't spare us his up and downs of his rough personal journey and his life as a musician. You don't need to be a fan of the MC5 to read this bio because it is also a tale of the struggle to rise from the streets of Detro...
  • Eric
    Oct 01, 2018
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  • Jason
    Aug 19, 2018
    I think it is too perfect for words that Wayne Kramers's memoir has come out just in time for the fiftieth anniversary of the 1968 Democratic National Convention. I wrote my master's thesis on cinematic representations of the events of August 1968, specifically the unrest that broke ou...
  • Robert Nardin
    Oct 20, 2018
    The Hard Stuff?s lesson is an inspirational one: no matter how far you fall, circumstances can arise which lead you to a better place. Plus it?s just wildly entertaining.... I wish he would have mentioned the MC5 documentary A True Testimonial--which is truly one of the great rock ...
  • Johnny Hirschfeld
    Dec 08, 2018
    I went into this book EXTREMELY interested in the mystique surrounding the MC5 and the cultural landscape that surrounded them and the motor city. Oddly enough I was disappointed with the broad strokes in those stories, but was overly surprised by how much I loved the post MC5 chapters...
  • Nestor Rychtyckyj
    Sep 12, 2018
    Wayne Kramer remains a divisive figure in his hometown of Detroit. For all of the accolades he rightly deserves for helping create the MC5 and his long distinguished career in music after the MC5, there are many who dismiss him for various things he has done over the years. Why did he ...
  • Ian Wilson
    Mar 24, 2019
    I have read a number of rock biographies and this one is very engaging and well written. Wayne Kramer recounts his time building the MC5 and subsequent years of struggle with substance abuse, prison and relationships. It?s quite an inspiring story in the end ...
  • Mark Peterman
    Oct 20, 2018
    Really interesting insight into the life of a rock n roll survivor. The book covers: Wayne's life growing up in Detroit, the rise of the MC5, his years of crime that led to a jail term, his music career since and his social justice work with 'Jail Guitar Doors'. What I thought was ...
  • Thomas Molesky
    Apr 01, 2019
    too long - could have been 100 pages shorter - otherwise good ...
  • Christopher  Wireman
    Nov 05, 2018
    Started slow and ended righteous. ...
  • Stew
    Dec 12, 2018
    Good but sort of depressing Well written with good history, but the decades of drug and alcohol abuse repeated over and over again and the prison stories make for some very hard reading in spots. ...
  • John Spiller
    Oct 12, 2018
    If you are more than a casual fan of the MC5, then Wayne Kramer?s autobiography, ?The Hard Stuff?, will be a worthwhile read. As a practical matter, he is one of the few people who can tell the full story of the MC5 from beginning to end. (I hold out hope that erstwhile manager J...
  • Carlton Duff
    Sep 08, 2018
    A warts and all autobiography that is obviously a must read for any fan of the MC5 or Mr. Kramer?s other musical vehicles, but my 4 stars could be a little higher than this book deserves but, but ?let me be who I am, and let me kick out the jams? ...
  • Chad Foster
    Mar 07, 2019
    If you are a fan of hard, guitar-driven rock-n-roll, you should know who Wayne Kramer is. You should also know him if you believe in the power of redemption. This autobiography walks us down the long and sometimes dark road that was Wayne Kramer?s life journey. As a huge fan of p...
  • Josh Deitcher
    Sep 25, 2018
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  • POW!
    Nov 27, 2018
    Very enjoyable and frank account of the life and times of the former MC5 man. Essential reading for fans and anyone interested in the 60s counterculture. ...
  • Wendy Pakrul
    Aug 23, 2018
    Wow! ...
  • Alex
    Sep 04, 2018
    I wanted to love this book, but I just couldn't. The beginning was okay, when artists go into their childhood, there are parts that can be interesting, but for the most part a lot of it is lack luster. I know they're trying to set the stage for what happens in their adulthood, but that...
  • Whatwind
    May 07, 2019
    Definitely worth a read. Wayne doesn't come across as a particularly likeable fella, as others have said his good friend Fred Smith's death gets barely a mention, but he's got an interesting story to tell. ...
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    Apr 28, 2019
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    Mar 13, 2019
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  • Rebecca Bush
    Mar 25, 2019
    I've been going on a bit of a bender lately catching up on the 60's counter culture, especially anything shedding light on the scene in my home state of Michigan, where I was too young to really grasp what was going on at the time, other than wondering why my next door neighbor's older...