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Oct
08

Patti Smith at the Warfield tonight

There are several reasons I’m excited to be seeing the Godmother of Punk over in the city tonight. The first is that today is Arthur Rimbaud’s birthday.  Anyone worth their salt knows Patti is first and foremost a poet and that Rimbaud had a profound influence on her life & work. “Piss Factory,” the b-side of her first single & #718 on Cream magazine founder Dave Marsh’s The 1001 Greatest Singles Ever Made, describes the salvation Smith found in a shoplifted copy of the 19th century French poet’s Illuminations. Another reason is the impending presidential election. I can’t wait to hear her take on McCain vs. Obama.  We already know how she feels about W (see below). And of course there’s the recent premier of Steven Sebring’s documentary Patti Smith: Dream Of Life, currently showing at the Lumiere Theater @ 1572 California Street in SF (click here to check out the trailer). Here’s hoping the movie turns on the uninitiated to a true national treasure.

Piss Factory

Declaration Of Independence – Patti speaking Bush truth like only she can, live @ The Bowery Ballroom, NYC 12/31/05

And while we’re Bush bashing I have to include a song I’m sure Patti would appreciate, Bright Eyes‘ anti-presidential diatribe that’s still available for free on iTunes:

When The President Talks To God

And the last reason is this amazing cover of ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ she’s been performing lately:


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