Tag Archives: Patti Smith

My R.E.M. Memories

R.E.M. announced late yesterday that it is officially splitting up after a three-decade run as one the seminal bands in modern American music. The news of this break is sure to throw their fans into an intense memory whirlpool. I guarantee iTunes is experiencing a heavy influx of shoppers while recollections of R.E.M.’s vast oeuvre are strong today. [...]

Steven Sebring on Illumination

Entering the Milk Gallery exhibition Illumination: Who Are Poets by Steven Sebring, one is greeted by large canvases simply tilted against the walls, showcasing pixelated portraits of top artists, musicians, and, ultimately, poets. At close range, the images appear to be beautiful colors stacked upon one another. Further away, they transform into portraits of Philip [...]

Rain Phoenix

I first met Rain Phoenix in the early 90’s on the set of Even Cowgirls Get The Blues in central Oregon – at the time I had been listening to a bootleg tape of her first band Aleka’s Attic. Although that bootleg tape is worn out and my boom box is no longer, I hold [...]

John Giorno’s Pockets

Poet and performance artist John Giorno is many things to many people. It depends on who you talk to. To some, he’s simply lost in translation. The author of Suicide Sutra and Thanks for Nothing is fatalistic, shockingly blunt, incendiary, controversial, and pornographic – according to his critics. His defenders claim the iconic figure in [...]

Tools for Thought: Rebuild Haiti

Last night Patti Smith rocked the house. The auction house. Sotheby’s. The venerable ol’ East Side bidding grounds was the venue for a silent auction and cocktail benefit organized by Tools for Thought and Partners in Health to support efforts to rebuild Haiti after the disastrous earthquakes there. “This is good,” said filmmaker Everard Findlay. [...]

Patti Smith: Icon Four Ways

Patti Smith seems to be everywhere these days. She’s got a new book Just Kids, an upcoming tour, and just opened an exhibition of drawings, photographs and personal things: Patti Smith and Steven Sebring: Objects of Life. There were some great faces in Chelsea’s Robert Smith Gallery during the opening night: Michael Stipe turned up [...]

Patti Smith: Dream of Life

Much like it’s subject, Patti Smith: Dream of Life — a documentary about the legendary poet, singer and performance artist directed by Steven Sebring, now on view at the Film Forum — does not follow an expected path. Accompanying the singer and her friends and family through ten years of tours and travels, Sebring offers [...]