Posted in music | pictures on October 20, 2009

photos by Daniel Solomon

Patti Smith

The songs [Patti] Smith chose to perform veered away from her own material. She only performed four original songs ("Trampin'," "Beneath the Southern Cross," "Ghost Dance" and "People Have the Power"), instead imagining what [Robert] Frank might have heard coming over the AM as he drove across the country in the mid-'50s. She has never publicly performed before many of these songs before, and may never again. [Dylan Etc]
A few more pictures from Saturday's event and the setlist below...

Patti Smith

Patti Smith

Patti Smith

Patti Smith

Patti Smith

Patti Smith

Patti Smith

Patti Smith

Patti Smith

Patti Smith

Patti Smith

Patti Smith

SET LIST
Reading: notebook, April 1971
Reading: Events of '55 and '56 [Jesse Smith on piano]
Song: "Trampin'" [Jesse on piano]
Reading: "I Hear America Singing," by Walt Whitman [Jesse on piano, Michael Campbell on xylophone]
Reading: "A Blessing," by James Wright
Reading: "combe," by Patti Smith [Jesse on piano, Campbell on xylophone]
Song: "Beneath the Southern Cross"
Reading: Excerpt from Here Is New York, by E.B. White
Reading: Excerpt from The Western Lands, by William S. Burroughs
Song: "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" (Kate Smith cover) [Jesse on piano, Campbell on xylophone, Lenny Kaye on guitar]
Recitation: "Mag," by Carl Sandburg
Song: "The Wayward Wind" (Gogi Grant cover) [Jesse on piano, Campbell on xylophone, Kaye on guitar]
Song: "An American Tune" (Paul Simon cover) [Kaye on vocals and guitar, Jesse on piano, Campbell on xylophone]
Reading: "The New Colossus," by Emma Lazarus
Song: "Ghost Dance" [Jesse on piano, Campbell on guitar, Kaye on guitar]
Song: "People Have the Power" [Jesse on piano, Campbell on guitar, Kaye on guitar]
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Reading: "Footnote to Howl," by Allen Ginsberg
Song: "Bye Bye Love" (Everly Brothers cover) [Jesse on piano, Campbell on guitar, Kaye on guitar]

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Comments (8)

the MehT

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2009 2:47 PM

Patti SMeht

(Having said that, she's great.)

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2009 3:05 PM

Lenny Kaye's toupee looks transcendant.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2009 5:24 PM

does anyone think The Left Banke will reform?

Posted by donn | October 20, 2009 5:34 PM

could i get more smack in the rider?

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2009 7:38 PM

Why are all these comments so negative? ???

This show was a beautiful collaboration between Patti Lenny, Patt's daughter and her boyfriend. It was very sweet and respectful to Robert Frank, and was an opportunity to paint a peaceful image of America, and pay homage to some of the great art that has come out of the country. And for the record, they do not do any drugs, nor has Patti ever ventured into that area. They are all intelligent and respectful people and artists.

Posted by newyorksp | October 23, 2009 5:45 PM

and, Lenny does not wear a toupee!!!!!!

Posted by newyorksp | October 23, 2009 5:46 PM

Just saw this! Thanks for the great photos and the set list. This was a truly unique performance. Loose, flowing, yet always able to find the heart... Patti is the same whether rocking or not.

The nematod worms making flip of this performance deserve the H1 N1 that is targeting thier ilk for good reason. Mother nature has a way of eliminating pestilence.

Posted by rosalyn | October 26, 2009 9:47 AM

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