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Wayne Kramer        

Founder, Jail Guitar Doors USA

Wayne Kramer is a guitarist, singer-songwriter, and film and television composer best known as a member of the Detroit rock group Motor City 5 (MC5).He is also the founder of the nonprofit Jail Guitar Doors USA.

Kramer came to prominence as a teenager in 1967 as a co-founder of MC5, a group known for their powerful live performances and radical left-wing political stance. Kramer released three highly acclaimed albums with MC5.

In 1975, Kramer was caught selling cocaine to undercover federal agents and was sentenced to federal prison at Lexington Federal Penitentiary.

Following his release, Kramer toured and with various artists and groups, performed at politically themed events, and released five solo records. In 2001, Kramer and his wife and manager Margaret Saadi Kramer launched MuscleTone Records, an independent label.

Eight years later, Kramer and his wife founded Jail Guitar Doors USA, a Los Angeles based non-profit organization that provides guitars for prisoner rehabilitation. Known as “the loudest charity on planet earth,” JGD-USA has intervened in over 60 facilities to date.

Kramer continues to work as an in-demand feature film and television series composer while being active in Guitar Doors USA.

His scoring work can be heard in the Will Ferrell comedies Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and Step Brothers. Kramer, also he co-composed the score for HBO's controversial 2006 documentary Hacking Democracy, which also featured his song "Something Broken in the Promised Land" as its title track. As well, he scored the ITVS/PBS documentary The Narcotic Farm and the accompanying soundtrack album entitled Lexington.

Kramer also composes music for television, including themes for Fox Sports Network's 5-4-3-2-1, Spotlight, In My Own Words and Under the Lights; and E!'s Emmy-nominated series Split Ends, and HBO's comedy series Eastbound & Down.


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