Uk News Patti Smith and Lenny Kaye's 50 Years of Words and Music was compelling and profoundly moving United Kingdom news
PremierLeague-News.Com - The 75-minute show was intimate, yet it redefined our sense of community, with fans around the world tuning in for a common cause
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Rock’s power comes from the communal concert event, the shared experience of listening with thousands of like-minds. The absence of live music has been tough – livestreams mostly don’t cut it. But night owls who logged on at 2am on Saturday for Patti Smith and Lenny Kaye: 50 Years of Words and Music were richly rewarded.In this utterly compelling performance, Smith and Kaye seemed to transcend the ether as they sang and reminisced about their first performance together – “our golden anniversary” – at St Mark’s in the Bowery, in New York’s East Village, when the now-celebrated Poetry Project was but five years old. She’d been anxious about performing solo and boyfriend Sam Shepard suggested incorporating a guitarist. Kaye’s role was to make “interpretive” sounds, a moment in rock history recalled with a rare performance of “Ballad of a Bad Boy” about the playwright.This weekend, Smith and Kaye stood on rugs in front of Lance Jost’s iconic mural at Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Lady studios. “It’s Bertolt Brecht’s birthday”, said Smith as she introduced the evening. Tony Shanahan, masterful on keys and bass, asked what they’d worn at that long-ago gig. A thrift-store black-sequinned jacket and black snakeskin boots Todd Rundgren had bought her in London, Kaye “a striped Jean Genet T-shirt”, a gift from Smith, who also gave him a silver ring which he still has.
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. That was all part of the charm: the conjuring-up of that long-ago night, whose audience included Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, Robert Mapplethorpe and Lou Reed.The i newsletter latest news and analysisEmail address is invalidThank you for subscribing!Sorry, there was a problem with your subscription.Reed’s “Pale Blue Eyes” featured early in a set that included poems spoken and sung: “Strange Messengers”, “Wing”, and “Seneca”, the most exquisite lullaby which she and Kaye wrote aboard the Costa Concordia while working with Jean-Luc Goddard on Socialisme. In harrowing, frenzied contrast was “Birdland” (inspired by The Book of Dreams, Peter Reich’s memoir of his father Wilhelm) from Horses, Smith’s 1975 debut self-described as “three-chord rock merged with the power of the word”.The 75-minute show was intimate, yet it redefined our sense of community, fans from Britain and Ireland making common cause with confrères across Europe, and in Australia, Japan, Canada and the US, their emotional responses shared on digital tickertape: “I’ll remember this as being the first light after a year of darkness” summed it up for many who watched.In this dark, death-filled year, “Southern Cross” and “Broken Flag”, the closing song, seemed to sum it all up. “Good medicine for the heart” someone wrote. It was indeed profoundly moving.
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