Death of Wayne Kramer, guitarist and co-founder of rock band MC5

He was 75 years old. Wayne Kramer, the guitarist and co-founder of the American band MC5, considered a pioneer of punk rock, died on Friday in Los Angeles.Associated Press. A friend of his told the news agency that he was suffering from pancreatic cancer.

It was created by Wayne Kramer MC5 (for the Motor City Five) in Detroit in 1964 with guitarist Fred “Sonic” Smith. Disbanded in 1972, without achieving commercial success, the group then acquired the status of a cult group, with songs such as “Kick Out The Jams” – a committed and fiery anthem – which influenced many punk groups of the late 1970s, but also Rage Against also in Machine or White Stripes.

The only surviving member

“Brother Wayne Kramer was the best man I ever knew,” Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello paid tribute on Instagram on Friday. “He had a unique blend of wisdom and compassion, empathy and conviction. His band, the MC5, almost invented punk rock music.’

After the death of Wayne Kramer, drummer Dennis “Machine Gun” Thompson is the only one of the band’s five members still alive today.

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