After After After

On getting out alive of the MC5

Davis: Not necessarily. I think bands that are great have a certain originality—people look at it and go, "Wow, I've never seen that before!" That's what people crave—the inspiration. Because life is so full of repetition. If it gives people a sense of hope, if it turns on a light in their head, they think of something they wouldn't have thought of. Where it comes from is the creator—but you're the creator, too. It's hard to define—I feel like I'm sermonizing!

How did you deal with having the MC5 and everything that happened because of it disappear, and then just sort of going back to normal?

Kramer: For a long time, it caused me a lot of conflict. I felt like I was, you know, special and nobody knew it, and it made me bitter. But that's not the way it is today. When I determined I wasn't going to live forever, with the death of Rob Tyner, it became clear to me that the past is past, and if I wanted to accomplish anything, I had to accept the loss of my youth and the loss of the MC5. Today, it's important for me to live by humility. My goal is to be among the rank and file of humanity. I just wanna be an average person, and not be radioactive.

Wayne, you once toldCreem that the MC5 was not your life. So what is your life?

Kramer: Music is an avocation and a vocation—it's my work, not my life. My life is who I am—my life is my character. I never knew that. All the stuff I needed to know then is the last thing I learned.

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