Ivan Kral (Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, Blondie), RIP
"When we met Ivan, it was like having a great hero come. We told him how much his music influenced us"
"Ivan wrote some of our most beautiful songs".....Patti Smith
"He's very talented musically".....Iggy Pop
"I like Iggy's version of 'Bang Bang' better than mine".....David Bowie
Král frequently worked with Patti Smith, having played bass and co-written songs on her classic albums Horses, Radio Ethiopia, Easter, and Wave. He also worked with Iggy Pop, having played guitar on 1980's Soldier and then co-wrote 1981's Party (home to "Bang Bang," which David Bowie later covered) with Iggy and played guitar on that album as well. He was also the bassist on John Cale's 1987 live album Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, which was recorded at CBGB in 1978 and 1979. And he was an early member of Blondie (but left before they released their debut album).
Král's film work included 1976's The Blank Generation, which documented the birth of NYC punk and featured Patti Smith, Blondie, Richard Hell, Television, The Heartbreakersr, Talking Heads, Tuff Darts, New York Dolls, The Shirts, and more; and was filmed at CBGB, Max's Kansas City, The Bottom Line, and more. Král also led a lengthy solo career, having last released Colors in 2018.
Rest in peace, Ivan.
Watch Ivan perform "Dancing Barefoot," which he wrote with Patti Smith for her album Wave, in 2011, below.