i saw wayne summer of 97 in austin at the electric lounge (at least, i think that's what it was called). about 40 people showed (should have been WAY more), and it fucking rocked. everyone sang along to kick out the jams - extended to about 10 minutes.
if you go on wayne kramer's website, you get his side of the story. he says that he was hired to be musical producer on the film...that's what he agreed to do. he ended up doing a whole lot more...being the narrator, being the pivotal interview guy, getting funding for the film etc...but anywho, word on the street is that the filmmakers jerked him around and had a finished cut without his input on the music. he apparently tried and tried to work this thing out, until the breaking point. anywho, check out his site...it explains it better.
that is weird, because wayne is supercool in the movie. i can't remember the names, but one of the other members was really bitter thru the whole thing and the other was kinda out there. wayne was like a regular guy. the live footage was amazing, too - the MC5 seem to be one of those bands like velvet underground: a lot of bands cite them as an influence, but very little is ever said about them in the mainstream media. and i'm not rock historian, but i'd never seen live footage of them until last night. badass.
not good. wayne kramer is convinced that the producers wanted to steal the rights to his songs, so, even though he participated in the film (he was essentially the pivotal guide throughout the thing), at the very very last minute minute, he declared war on the producers and branded the film a bootleg. it's a shame. to be fair to kramer, who knows? he may be right. stranger things have happened.
it's a great movie. it's won all kinds of awards at film festivals. the whole thing now looks grim. it's all a shame. this documentray basically includes no complet songs (due to licensing) but it actually includes every known piece of usuable live footage of the band currently known. this is the thing that would have finally opened up everybodies eyes to how fucking great the mc5 were. amazing band. nothing ever like them before or since.