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Wayne Kramer

Wayne Kramer is an American guitarist, singer, songwriter, producer, and film and television composer. Kramer came to prominence as a teenager in 1967 as a co-founder of the Detroit rock group MC5.

In 1978, The Clash released the song "Jail Guitar Doors," telling the story of the imprisonment of their fellow musician Wayne Kramer. In 2007, to honor the life of Clash founder Joe Strummer, Billy Bragg launched an initiative to provide musical equipment to rehabilitate inmates serving time in Her Majesty's Prisons in the UK. His initiative is named for that song, "Jail Guitar Doors." In 2009, Wayne Kramer partnered with Billy Bragg to found Jail Guitar Doors USA. Together, their combined effort continues the mission for prisoners in America. The circle is unbroken.

"I know prison reform isn't exactly at the top of the list of favorite topics of conversation during the holidays. We all have busy lives and there's plenty in the world to be concerned about, but I also know that there are a lot of people who are interested in seeing our country live up to its precious principles of justice and equality. So, Jail Guitar Doors is making this conversation one about positive change, and you can help us by joining in to carry the message. If you'd like to support the JGD-USA mission, consider this fine gift for your justice-loving friends and family who also happen to rock."  - Wayne Kramer


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