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CBGB in Movie Theaters October 11

We can’t wait to see this…

CBGB, starring Alan Rickman, Rupert Grint, Ashley Greene and Joel David Moore, opens in theaters Friday, October 11. The drama takes a look at the 70s punk rock scene and the CBGB club in New York City.

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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.

Patti Smith Blames Crew For Stage Plunge in ’77

Punk icon Patti Smith blames stage-hands for the infamous 1977 accident which left her in traction with a broken back, insisting they failed to leave enough room for her to perform.

The singer took a tumble and plunged 15 feet (4.5 metres) into the orchestra pit during a gig supporting Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band in Tampa, Florida.

The incident left her with a fractured spine and broken vertebrae in her neck and required months of physiotherapy to enable Smith to recover – and she blames members of Seger’s road crew for leaving her too little space on stage to perform.

Smith tells Uncut magazine, “There’ve been many rumours… ‘Oh, she was stoned.’ It wasn’t like that. I was being careful on the stage because there wasn’t as much room or light. I didn’t whirl around as much as usual, but when I hit the monitor with my foot, it was half hanging over the lip of the stage.

“We needed more space and light, and we didn’t get it, and I had an accident. Those are the practical aspects of it. It p**sed me off, and it wasn’t very friendly, but it’s nothing I’m gonna sue anybody over.”

Smith also reveals she still suffers complications from the horrific accident 35 years on, adding, “I still suffer from it. My neck… I still get discomfort, spinal discomfort. It’s nothing I can’t live with.”

Patti Smith, Jackson Browne, Taj Mahal, Aimee Mann, Shelby Lynne, Martin Sexton, and Keb’ Mo’ are Among 15 Artists Featured on The 30th Annual John Lennon Tribute, Live from the Beacon Theatre, NYC

Theatre Within today announces the November 15th release of a live album chronicling the sold out, star-studded 30th Annual John Lennon Tribute, Live from the Beacon Theatre NYC.  The 15-song release will be available digitally via iTunes, Amazon and other major online music outlets. The album can be pre-ordered now at: http://itunes.apple.com/us/preorder/the-30th-annual-john-lennon/id475506130.  Proceeds from the sales of the digital release will be shared with the Japanese Red Cross for its ongoing Earthquake/Tsunami Relief efforts.
“John would have loved that Theatre Within has produced a special live album of his songs to benefit the Japanese Red Cross and the people still suffering from the tsunami and earthquake,” states Yoko Ono.  
The 30th Annual Tribute took place November 12, 2010 at New York‘s legendary Beacon Theatre and featured an all-star line-up of musicians, spanning nearly four generations, each performing unique interpretations of classic Lennon songs, from his Beatles through solo years.
Following is the line-up featured on the concert release:
Rich Pagano/Power To The People
The Kennedys/And Your Bird Can Sing 
Meshell Ndegeocello – God
Alejandro Escovedo/Help!
Shelby Lynne/Mother
Martin Sexton/Working Class Hero
Joan Osborne/Hey Bulldog
Taj Mahal and Vusi Mahlasela – Watching the Wheels
Keb’ Mo’/In My Life
Taj Mahal with Deva Mahal & Steph Browne/Come Together
Bettye LaVette/The Word
Aimee Mann/Jealous Guy
Jackson Browne/You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away
Patti Smith and Tony Shanahan/Oh Yoko
Playing For Change Band/Instant Karma
Martin Sexton, whose rendition of “Working Class Hero,” was called “chill-inspiring” by Billboard Magazine, said, “John has always been a hero of mine, not only for his musical brilliance, but for his life-long commitment to bringing peace and light into the world.”  Talking about performing “Come Together” with Steph Brown and his daughter Deva, Taj Mahal said, “Respect the way the song was written because that’s what grabbed me, and then add my sauce, or my wiggle or growl.”
Theatre Within, a not-for-profit performing arts presenter dedicated to producing shows to benefit important charities and social causes, has produced The Annual John Lennon Tribute since 1981, shortly after Lennon’s death. It is the longest running event of its kind and the only ongoing tribute show in the world to have earned the support of Yoko Ono.
Theatre Within also announces that its 31st Annual John Lennon Tribute will take place on Saturday, December 10, 2011, at Le Poisson Rouge.  This year’s lineup includes: Tribute alumni Steve ForbertBettye LaVetteLucy KaplanskyRich Pagano,Richard Barone and first timers, Toshi Reagon and Ari Hest.

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

Patti Smith Writing Detective Novel

Punk icon Patti Smith is set to follow her recent U.S. National Book Awards success by penning a detective novel set in London.

The Because The Night singer announced her latest literary venture during a lecture at London’s Royal Geographic Society’s Intelligence Squared series on Wednesday night.
She explained, “I’ve been working on a detective story that starts at St. Giles in the Fields in London for the last two years.” She revealed the idea for the book was inspired by her many visits to London and her childhood love of Sherlock Holmes.
Smith told fans the book is “68 per cent done”.
The singer/writer’s memoir Just Kids, which chronicles her relationship with late photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, was honoured at the National Book Awards in November (10).
Just Kids
Just Kids
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Cyndi Lauper and Jackson Browne Duet At John Lennon Tribute Show

Cyndi Lauper teamed up with Jackson Browne for an emotional rendition of hit songA Day In The Life  to honour John Lennon at a tribute concert on Friday night (Nov 12).

The pair was among the stars who turned out to remember the Beatles legend at the one-off charity show in New York, to mark Lennon’s 70th birthday last month (Oct 10).
Lauper, who also performed Across The Universe, told the audience at the Beacon Theatre how she and her sister often pretended to be Lennon and his bandmate PaulMcCartney whenever they sang together as youngsters. She then welcomed Browne onstage for the duet.
Other performers at the event included Patti Smith, who sang Strawberry Fields and paid tribute to Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono during the show.
Ono was unable to attend the tribute, but sent a video message telling organisers: “John would have loved what you are doing.” Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Playing for Change Foundation, which promotes peace with music.
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