Killer Road – Soundwalk Collective w/Jesse Paris Smith featuring Patti Smith

I find myself, yet again, happily transported by the art and symbolism of Patti Smith and her talented daughter, Jessie Parris Smith along with the collaborative known as Soundwalk Collective. They give us pause to show how fragile life is in this garden universe.

Killer Road is a sound exploration of the tragic death of Nico, Velvet Underground vocalist and 60s icon, while riding her bike on the island of Ibiza in the summer of 1988. A hypnotic meditation on the idea of perpetual motion and the cycle of life and death, the composition features Patti Smith lending her unique voice to the last poems written by the artist. Soundwalk Collective uses a travel log of field recordings and samples of Nico’s signature instrument, the harmonium, to create a magnetic sound scape.

Killer Road is an ambient sound scape and spoken word tribute to Nico, eight interpretations of her lyrics, predominantly taken from classic albums such as Desertshore and Drama of Exile, arranged by fellow poet and kindred spirit Patti Smith. Originally executed as a live performance piece with Jesse Paris Smith and Soundwalk Collective, Killer Road sees the light of day in album format for the first time in stores, next week, September 2, 2016.

I ordered the limited edition online as a collector, ***Limited Edition Version: Edition of 300 hand-numbered copies, comes with alternate screen-printed wrap around sleeve, wax sealed, and available by mail-order only. ONE PER PERSON LIMIT.***
Directed by Stephan Crasneanscki
Produced by Soundwalk Collective for Bella Union & Sacred Bones Records
Video by Tina Frank

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Record Store Day 2016 Press Conference @ Electric Lady Studios, March 8, 2016

Record Store Day 2016 will be holding a major press conference at Electric Lady Studios in Greenwich Village on Tuesday March 8th, 2016. It will be attended by Lenny Kaye of The Patti Smith Group and John Densmore of The Doors to announce the 2016 Record Store Day special releases. This announcement is expected to include a vinyl release of the live recording of Horses that Patti Smith recorded on 26 August 2015.  This will be the first offering from Electric Lady Records.

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Patti Smith went into Electric Lady to record a very special Record Store Day release, and that title will mark the first of what we hope will be a series of collaborations between Record Store Day and Electric Lady.    All the details will come out on the 8th when they launch the list.

Patti Smith Guitarist Lenny Kaye Subbing for Smith at Record Store Day Announcement Event.

To celebrate this new partnership, Electric Lady has created this shirt for RSD 2016. They‘re making it to order, so they have a deadline for ordering. That deadline is March 5. The street date for this item is Record Store Day.

Order Link: http://recordstoreday.com/Item/9008123179

Tee

 

Patti Smith – SVA Theatre, New Yorker Festival

Last night we attended the New Yorker Festival to see Patti Smith interviewed by David Remnick (Magazine, Editor-In-Chief).

We lined up early at the School of Visual Arts Theater on West 23rd Street in the Chelsea section of New York City. We watched as Norman Lear, sporting his classic straw hat was assisted to his SUV (he was interviewed prior to Patti).

Our seats turned out fantastic as we ended up sitting fourth row center.

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Patti Smith lovingly read us a chapter “Clock with No Hands” about her adventures with Fred Sonic Smith. It was her first public reading from M Train her latest book (out on 10/6/15).

Embed from Getty ImagesThe Guardian covered the event. I refer you to their synopsis here. I found it very representative of how we felt about the event.

The special surprise was when David Remnick stepped out of character and performed on electric guitar to back Patti Smith on “Because The Night”. Our favorite song 🙂

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Have I doubt when I’m alone
Love is a ring, the telephone

 

In Conversation, Patti Smith Talks With David Remnick, Life Off The M Train

It’s getting close to that exciting time of the publishing season when Patti Smith’s new book, M Train, is about to become available.

My wife and I had attended a previous talk when Patti Smith introduced her first non-fiction novel, Just Kids. We saw Patti speak at the 92nd Street Y with Sam Shepard. It was an illuminating evening for us. We purchased Just Kids that January 21st, 2010 evening. Patti Smith autographed our copy for us. 🙂

Just Kids has become my favorite book of the millennium.  It has won the National Book Award, deservedly so. I am eager to read the next phase of Patti’s life, M Train.

We are ticketed to see Patti Smith conduct a talk at The New Yorker Festival 2016 on October 3rd. It is very special for us that the event takes place at the School of Visual Arts Theatre on West 23rd Street in Chelsea. Our son is an alumni of SVA (2008) and this brings it home for us as we adore our son, SVA and Patti Smith.

We have our fingers crossed that we can once again purchase a copy of Patti Smith’s new book, M Train and that she will be autographing copies that evening.

PHOTOGRAPH BY JESSE DITTMAR

Patti Smith is a writer, performer, and visual artist. Her 1975 album “Horses” has been hailed as one of the top hundred début albums of all time. In 2005, the French Ministry of Culture and Communication awarded her the title of Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, the highest honor awarded to artists by the French Republic. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007. Her memoir “Just Kids” received a 2010 National Book Award. Her new book, “M Train,” will be released on October 6th.

David Remnick is the editor of The New Yorker.

M Train – Patti Smith

I just know this will be my favorite book this year. Patti Smith’s M Train is due to be released on October 6th by Knopf.

The photo on the book’s jacket is a sacred memento for Patti Smith: It shows her at Cafe ‘Ino in Greenwich Village, where M Train begins, and where Smith went every morning for a breakfast of black coffee and brown bread. On the last day before Cafe ‘Ino closed, a passing photographer took the picture. Smith calls it “the first and last picture at my corner table in Ino… My portal to where.”

Soon I can have that cup of coffee with Patti in the Village I have dreamed about…

((Photograph: Claire Alexandra Hatfield/ Jacket design: Carol Devine Carson))

 

Patti Smith Reads Jack Kerouac’s “The Last Hotel”

Patti Smith  is a poet with a liking for setting literature to song reads Jack Kerouac’s poem “The Last Hotel” to music by Thurston Moore and Lenny Kaye.

I love the cadence of her voice with its ethereal respect for the written word.

*Patti Smith reads Jack Kerouac’s “The Last Hotel” by brainpicker is licensed under a Creative Commons Licence.

April 1st Celebrations

Happy Birthday to our two great nephews Ethan and Blake who turn two years old today!

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Two of my favorite activist musicians celebrate April 1st, (April Fools Day) in two unique ways.

1. Patti Smith, “April Fool” from Banga

April Fool was inspired by the life and work of Russian writer Nikolai Gogol who was born on April 1, 1809. The music was written by Tony Shanahan.

The song is dedicated to my friend Milos who not only had a rusted bike but introduced me to the writings of Bulgakov and Gogol. Both of these great writers influenced lyrics on the album Banga.

“And St. Petersburg was left without Akakiy Akakievitch, as though he had never lived there. A being disappeared who was protected by none, dear to none, interesting to none, and who never even attracted to himself the
attention of those students of human nature who omit no opportunity of thrusting a pin through a common fly, and examining it under the microscope. A being who bore meekly the jibes of the department, and went
to his grave without having done one unusual deed, but to whom,
nevertheless, at the close of his life appeared a bright visitant in the
form of an overcoat, which momentarily cheered his poor life, and upon
whom, thereafter, an intolerable misfortune descended, just as it descends
upon the mighty of this world!”

—Nikolai Gogol, “The Overcoat” {Read the text}

APRIL FOOL

Come be my April Fool
Come you’re the only one
Come on your rusted bike
Come we’ll break all the rules

We’ll ride like writers ride
Neither rich nor broke
We’ll race through alleyways
In our tattered cloaks so

Come be my April Fool
Come we’ll break all the rules

We’ll burn all of our poems
Add to God’s debris
We’ll pray to all of our saints
Icons of mystery
We’ll tramp through the mire
When our souls feel dead
With laughter we’ll inspire
Then back to life again

Come you’re the only one
Come be my April Fool
Come come
Be my April Fool
We’ll break all the rules

© 2012 Patti Smith

 

2. The late, great Gil Scott-Heron was born on April 1st. He would have been 66  today.

“Because the pardon you gave was not yours to give.”

 

Patti Smith: America’s Punk Rock Rhapsodist by Eric Wendell

I’ve uncovered a new book about Patti Smith by Eric Wendell. It is from TEMPO, the Rowman & Littlefield Music Series on Rock, Pop and Culture.

I’ve yet to read this book so I withhold my comments until I can procure a copy.

The TEMPO Web site provides the General Guidelines and Proposals directions for volumes in its series. Ponders this option…

Viv Albertine, Clothes, Clothes, Clothes Music, Music, Music Boys, Boys, Boys

CLOTHES CLOTHES CLOTHES MUSIC MUSIC MUSIC BOYS BOYS BOYS

By Viv Albertine, 421 pages. Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press

Viviane Katrina Louise “Viv” Albertine is a British singer and songwriter, best known as the guitarist for the all-female English punk group, The Slits. She dated Mick Jones while he was putting together his new band, The Clash. He later wrote “Train in Vain,” considered to be the band’s biggest hit, about her. Its refrain was a poison dart: “Did you stand by me? No not at all.”

After laying eyes on the cover photo of Patti Smith’s 1975 album “Horses,” taken by Robert Mapplethorpe, Viv writes: “I have never seen a girl who looks like this. She is my soul made visible, all the things I hide deep inside myself that can’t come out.” (Courtesy of the NY Times Book Review section, see related article below).