Songwriter, singer, poet, memoirist, artist, icon Patti Smith performs in WNYC's The Greene Space. In a program of songs and poetry coordinated by her daughter Jesse Paris Smith, Patti Smith performs with Tree Laboratory (Jesse Paris Smith and Eric Hoegemeyer) and her long-time collaborator guitarist Lenny Kaye. They titled the event "Mixing Memory and Desire: An Evening of Music, Poetry, Sound, and Remembrance," celebrating the "chaos and transformation of spring."
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Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Surgeon General's report on smoking with music by:
This letter from Patti Smith to Robert Mapplethorpe
written 22 years after they met and when he was dying from AIDS , was never delivered. The link to her reading it last fall is heartwrenching and filled with the love of old friends.
, best known as a singer
(whose lyrics have occasionally been collected into books of poetry
) has won the National Book Award in Nonfiction
for Just Kids
, her memoir
of the years she spent living with the late artist
On the occasion of her induction into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame, punk poet and musician Patti Smith
(no, not this Patti Smith
) offers eloquent reflections on the benediction she received from her late husband Fred "Sonic" Smith of MC5, the future of rebellion, and her own question: "
Am I a worthy recipient?
." Yes, Patti, you are. Some sound and video
"Window in the Sky"
is a YouTube style video synch mash-up done on a professional budget with the magic of copyright clearances. "It's a triumph of postmodern reconstruction"
says the Washington Post.
Is It Better To Look Marvellous Than To Sound Marvellous?
Like The Velvet Underground, Iggy Pop and (controversially) David Bowie, Patti Smith
, specially when photographed by Robert Mapplethorpe
, looked way cooler than she sounded, imho. What other rock legends were more beautiful than the music they made? And, conversely, which artists' music was better than the image they projected?