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Wayne Kramer And MC50 Perform At San Diego House Of Blues Wednesday

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MC5 guitarist, activist and author Wayne Kramer is pictured in an undated photo.

Fifty years ago, Wayne Kramer and his band the Motor City 5 released its debut album “Kick Out the Jams,” high energy rock 'n roll that provided the soundtrack to a youth movement of social and political revolution.

But rock stardom turned out to be a mixed bag for guitarist Kramer. Guns, drugs and police confrontations led to addiction and prison. After his share of hard time and hard times, he is back on the road with a new version of the MC5 called the MC50 and he’s written a new memoir, "The Hard Stuff: Dope, Crime, the MC5, and My Life of Impossibilities."

Before his show Wednesday at the San Diego House of Blues, Kramer spoke with KPBS’ Kurt Kohnen.

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