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Patti Smith’s "Live At Montreux 2005" On DVD and Blu-ray November 13

On November 13, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Live At Montreux 2005 by Patti Smith on DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital Video [Pre-book Order Date October 19, MSRP $14.98 for DVD, $19.98 for Blu-ray, and $12.99 Digital Video].

Smith’s vibrant live performance – a fervent intermingle of visual artistry, musical exploration, spoken word, and Rock ‘N’ Roll – is beautifully captured on Live At Montreux 2005 via DTS Surround Sound, Dolby Digital 5.1, and Dolby Digital Stereo. This Montreux concert was filmed in the midst of their 2005 tour in support of the 2004 albumTrampin’. This is the first ever live video release by Patti Smith and includes classic tracks such as “Because The Night,” “Dancing Barefoot,” “People Have The Power,” “Redondo Beach,” “25th Floor,” and many more. In addition, they also serenade the legacy of Bob Dylan, with a performance of “Like A Rolling Stone.”

Along with Patti Smith on vocals, guitar and clarinet, the band line-up includes original Patti Smith Groupmembers Lenny Kaye (guitar & vocals) and Jay Dee Daugherty (drums), Tom Verlaine of Television on guitars and long standing band member Tony Shanahan on bass, keyboards and vocals.

“There’s something magical about seeing Montreux on our tour itinerary,” says Lenny Kaye. “Along with a sense of achievement in becoming part of its grand tradition, there’s an awareness of the many Those who have played here over the years, the tribute that must be paid, the higher level of artistic exploration and audience sophistication that enhances the possibilities for taking a performance one step further. We partake of a sense of communal belonging within the mandala that is human musical expression.”

Patti Smith was one of the key artists in the breakthrough of New York City punk rock. The 1975 debut albumHorses was a landmark release, from her unique vocals and lyrics, to the strikingly androgynous cover art, shot by photographer Robert Mapplethorpe (Patti dons this exact outfit in the 2005 concert). Horses was a huge influence on the whole New Wave genre, and paved the way for 11 additional albums, as well as several published poetry collections.

Smith’s distinctive blend of rock, punk and poetry combined with her uncompromising style has ensured that she has remained a credible artist throughout her career, and continues to influence artists to this day.


First Song From Posthumous Ramone’s Album Released

The first track from Joey Ramone’s upcoming solo album, …Ya know?, hit the web Friday.

The posthumous record titled “Rock ‘N Roll is the Answer” was unveiled at spinner.com and is due in stores on April 21. The track is a nod to 80s AC/DC-era arena rock, a style never embraced by the Ramones.

…Ya Know? will feature 15 tracks of B-sides and demos assembled by Joey’s brother Mickey Leigh and producer Ed Stadium.

Among the guest stars appearing on the record are Joan Jett, Steven van Zandt, Bun E. Carlos of Cheap Trick, and Patti Smith Group guitarist Lenny Kaye.

Joey Ramone died in 2001 of lymphoma cancer.

Punk Icon Patti Smith In Contention For Times Book Prize

Punk icon Patti Smith‘s literary skills have again landed her book world honours – she’ll be among the top writers competing for this year’s (11) coveted Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

The “Because The Night” rocker, social critic Christopher Hitchens and novelist Jonathan Franzen will be among the finalists.

Smith picked up the top prize at the 2010 U.S. National Book Awards in New York in November (10) for her memoir Just Kids.
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Photo: Courtesy Joyce Culver for 92 Y

In other Patti Smith news, the legendary singer/songwriter, poet  made an appearance at Manhattan’s 92nd St. Y on Wednesday, February16 (8:00 p.m).  Smith faced a full house where she discussed her new memoir, Just Kids, and shared memories and experiences of her remarkable relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe and offered a rare glimpse of her ever moving story of youth as well as her formible body of work that spans 40 years.

Photo: Joyce Culver for 92 Y

Smith was joined on stage by  longtime guitarist Lenny Kaye and old friend Sam Shepard where she combined reading with musical performance. Those in attendenace who purchased her book at the event were lucky enough to  have it signed.

Just Kids