David Godlis’s, History Is Made At Night, includes 119 of his iconic black-and-white images from nights on the Bowery at CBGB between 1974 and 1979, shot with his handheld Leica and TRI-X film.
Godlis was front and center during the heyday of the New York Punk scene, capturing the likes of the Ramones, Blondie, Richard Hell, Patti Smith, Television, and the Talking Heads.
He snapped one of my favorite photographs of Patti Smith backdropped by the street light in The Bowery, outside CBGB in 1976.
I constantly revel in the connections that formulate with Patti Smith, most notably historic and literary contemporaries.
The first parallel I drew was two famous authors connecting on one stage in front of 700 people, Patti Smith and Mark Twain.
The Immanuel Congregational Church is a magnificent edifice. I found myself in awe of the mosaic above the altar that depicts the parable of “The Sower.”
I serve as a lector in my church and have read this parable during mass readings. It is especially meaningful as our son’s name is Matthew. The second parallel drawn. 🙂
From Matthew 13.4 (NRSV):
“Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell on the path, and the birds came and ate them up. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and they sprang up quickly, since they had no depth of soil. But when the sun rose, they were scorched; and since they had no root, they withered away. Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. Let anyone with ears listen”
From Matthew 13.18 (NRSV):
“Hear then the parable of the sower. When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what is sown in the heart; this is what was sown on the path. As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet such a person has no root, but endures only for a while, and when trouble or persecution arises on account of the word, that person immediately falls away. As for what was sown among thorns, this the one who hears the word, but the cares for the world and the lure of wealth choke the word, and it yields nothing. But what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.”
Colin McEnroe was the interviewer, a radio personality with a daily WNPR show, The Colin McEnroe Show. He is a weekly columnist/blogger for The Hartford Courant and a contributing editor at Men’s Health.
The event was recorded for Connecticut Public Radio. Colin McEnroe estimated the podcast to be available in November or December.
Patti took a special interest in the Tiffany mosaic. She shared that the mosaic is made entirely of glass and that it reminded her of Johnny Appleseed sowing seeds for mankind.
I reflected on Patti Smith sowing the seeds of creative consciousness in our midst.
I liked the nature of the third connection. Patti was asked her thoughts were of her friend Bob Dylan being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. You could sense her joy and satisfaction. She stated Dylan deserved the accolade by mentioning such songs as “Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowland” and “Desolation Row”. Her special connection with Bob Dylan was heartfelt. For me this was the third parallel drawn.
Patti Smith has revealed songs by Bob Dylan that I was unaware of. She gives them special purpose as a poetess and singer/songwriter. She has a talented ear for the power and the beauty of his work. I found this to be the case on her album Twelve when she covered “Changing of the Guard” from Bob Dylan’s Street Legal.
But what I really love is the song, “Dark Eyes” from Dylan’s Empire Burlesque. It is one of those gems that gleams more brightly via her duet with Bob Dylan on Patti Smith’s comeback tour in 1995.
The fourth parallel drawn was through her longtime admiration for William Blake. She took up her guitar and performed, “My Blakean Year” for us. I always feel William Blake through Patti.
Once again an auspicious evening of spiritual connection with Patti Smith in a pastoral setting.
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
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.
(JAMIE MCCARTHY/GETTY IMAGES FOR ELECTRIC LADY)
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.
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
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.
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).
The 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 🙂
Have I doubt when I’m alone
Love is a ring, the telephone
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.
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.
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…
I love the cadence of her voice with its ethereal respect for the written word.