Sunday, December 02, 2007
All Been Planned
Where did this come from? I have to find out if it is out on cd, because it is very new. I just ran across this on YouTube and it blew my little brain out. This is a piece by David Was, the other half of Was/Not Was, a brilliant writer and producer in his own right and one of my very favorite guitarists and all around revolutionary artists, Mr. Wayne Kramer, the lead guitarist of the MC5. Let's just say that the MC5 were extremely important to my teen years in Detroit.
Kramer is a rock guitarist just as influenced by Chuck Berry as Sun Ra and Pharoah Saunders!
Kramer has been collaborating with the Was Bros for years and David produced the brilliant Wayne Kramer solo record, Citizen Wayne. Kramer made an amazing series of skull splitting rock records in the 90's after a resurrection from 8 years in prison and then started to perform with the amazing Belrays from LA and Hellacopter, a Swedish Band that is inspired by the energy of 60's Detroit Revolutionary rock.
He recently put together a massive tour of a band called MC5/DKT which was the surviving members of the MC5 and an ever changing cast of guests artists.
They shared the bill with the eternal Sun Ra Arkestra who gave them so much inspiration in the 60's.
This piece is a meditation on the unexplained "friendly fire" death of former football star Sgt. Pat Tillman in Afghanistan and the totally bungled cover up by the Administration in their attempt to cast him as a fallen hero. Pretty damn interesting if you ask me!