Monday, February 13, 2012

Patti Smith's Howl Spells


Dave L Stevens of Stevens Internet Productions has generously uploaded to You Tube this stunning performance of "Spell" a.k.a."Footnote to Howl" by Patti Smith and her band, with Philip Glass on piano, and back-up "vocals" by saffron-robed Buddhist monks (the recitation was in honor of a visit by His Holiness the Dalai Lama). As Stevens himself notes, "Not seen for more than a decade. I directed and produced this interactive webcast. When Patti Smith begins "howling" on her clarinet, it's sublime."
Contrast for production values, this next rendition, recorded in Florence, Italy, in 2009 (hence the Fernanda Pivano reference!), the shakey hand-held camera, the straight-from-the-audience
placement, the decidedly amateur "bootleg" quality, and yet, and maybe even because of all that, the power of the invocation comes through


The 1997 version that appeared on her album, Peace and Noise, may be listened to here.
The version she performed at the New York St John the Divine Ginsberg Memorial (beginning approximately 19 minutes in to the recording) here
A spirited live version (recorded 2000 in Seattle) here
From Steven Sebring's 2008 documentary, Patti Smith:Dream of Life - here (along with German sub-titles!):


and here's Allen himself reading it (with on-screen translation in Spanish !)

2 comments:

  1. I HAVE ASKED FOR HELP FROM ALMOST ALL THIS SO CALLED PEOPLE PARADING THEMSELVES TO BE SPELL CASTERS, AT THE END I WAS RIPPED OFF OF MY HARD EARNED MONEY WITHOUT ANY RESULT. TO THE EXTENT THAT I SAW SOME OF THEM REWRITING WHAT I WROTE ON ONLINE SO THANK YOU Dr ALUDA MOST OF THESE PEOPLE ARE TELLING YOU FAKE TESTIMONIES AND FOR YOU TO BEWARE AND BE-WISE TO AVOID BEEN RIPPED OFF, YOU HAVE TO MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICE AT ONCE SO CONTACT THE ONLY REAL AND APPROVED SPELL CASTER IN THE WORLD CALLED Dr ALUDA. AS HE IS THE ONLY MAN YOU CAN ACTUALLY TRUST ON SPELLS I WOULD HAVE BROUGHT HIM RIGHT HERE IN THE STATES IF POSSIBLE. HE DID A WHOLE LOT OF THINGS WHICH I WONT REALLY MENTION HERE BUT THE MOST OF WHAT HE DID FOR ME WAS TO HELP ME GET MY HUSBAND BACK TO ME .OH HE IS GREAT SPELL CASTER AND I MET HIM IN HIS TEMPLE THAT WAS DIRECTED TO ME BY A CHINESE FRIEND OF MINE THAT FOLLOWED ME FOR A CONFERENCE MEETING IN AFRICA. IM STILL VERY MUCH INDEBTED TO Dr ALUDA FOR SAVING MY LIFE AND MY MARRIAGE. I WANT TO LET YOU ALL KNOW THAT YOU DONT HAVE TO TRY ANYBODY ELSE EXCEPT THIS GREAT SPELL CASTER CALLED Dr ALUDA HIS EMAIL CONTACT IS: aludaspelltemple@gmail.com or call or whatsapp him on +2348063930531
    JASMINE JENNIFER
    FROM USA
    REGARDS.








    DOCTOR ALUDA IS REAL!!! EVERY OTHER TESTIMONY OR STORY YOU READ HERE IS
    FAKE.
    I AM TAKING MY TIME TO SHARE THIS TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE DON'T GET SCAMMED NO
    MORE.
    CONTACT DR ALUDA HE IS THE SURE SOLUTION TO YOUR PROBLEM.
    I NEVER BELIEVED IN LOVE SPELLS UNTIL I MET THIS SPELL CASTER.
    HE IS REALLY POWERFUL AND CAN HELP CAST SPELLS TO BRING BACK ONE'S
    GONE,LOST,
    MISBEHAVING LOVER AND RESTORE ONE'S WOMB OR SPELL FOR A GOOD JOB.
    MY HUBBY LEFT ME BECAUSE I LOST MY WOMB
    AND MY LIFE WAS UPSIDE DOWN COS OUR RELATIONSHIP HAS BEEN ON FOR 2YEARS...
    I REALLY LOVED HIM, BUT HIS MOTHER WAS AGAINST US AND HE HAD NO GOOD PAYING
    JOB.
    SO WHEN I MET Dr ALUDA WHICH A FRIEND REFERRED ME TO, I TOLD HIM WHAT
    HAPPENED AND EXPLAINED THE SITUATION OF THINGS TO HIM.
    AT FIRST I WAS SKEPTICAL AND DOUBTFUL BECAUSE I HAVE BEEN SCAMMED, BUT I
    GAVE IT A LAST TRY.
    AND IN 4 DAYS MY HUBBY CALLED ME APOLOGIZING THAT EVERYTHING HAD BEEN
    SETTLED WITH HIS MOM AND FAMILY.
    I WAS VERY HAPPY BUT I LATER ASKED DR ALUDA ABOUT MY WOMB AND HE TOLD ME
    NOT TO WORRY NO MORE.
    MY HUSBAND GOT A NEW JOB AND WE GOT MARRIED. HERE I AM NOW WITH MY WOMB INTACT. I
    SAID I WONT TESTIFY UNTIL I GIVE BIRTH.
    WELL WE ARE HAPPILY MARRIED NOW AND WE ARE EXPECTING OUR SECOND BABY. IN
    CASE ANYONE NEEDS THE SPELL CASTER FOR SOME HELP,
    HIS EMAIL ADDRESS IS; aludaspelltemple@gmail.com OR CALL AND WHATSAPP HIM ON +2348063930531

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  2. BE CAREFUL HERE MANY OF THE DOCTORS HERE ARE SCAM,MOST TESTIMONIES OF MOST SPELL CASTER HERE MUST BE IGNORE.BECAUSE THEY ARE SCAM I MEAN REAL SCAM WHICH I WAS A VICTIM.I GOT RIPPED OF THREE THOUSANDS DOLLARS BY 4 CASTERS BECAUSE I WAS SO ANXIOUS TO GET MY WIFE BACK AFTER SHE LEFT ME FOR ALMOST 2 YEARS WITH OUR 4 YEARS OLD SON JERRY,, I HAVE PAID OVER $3000 ON SPELL CASTING AND COURIER AND NOTHING HAVE WORK FOR ME UNTIL ONE FAITHFUL DAY I GOT IN CONTACT WITH MADAM SOLUTION WHO DID WHAT I CALLED MAGIC BECAUSE I CONTACTED HER ON FRIDAY AND AFTER GIVEN HER MY DETAILS AND $245 FOR THE SPELL CASTING MY WIFE CALLED ME ON SUNDAY AND NOW WE ARE BACK TOGETHER AGAIN IF YOU NEED SIMILAR HELP THEN CONTACT HER NOW VIA EMAIL AT (magic.lovespel@reincarnate.com).or (mama.anitaspellcraft@hotmail.com) or (mamaanita.lovespellsolution@gmail.com)

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