Sunday, December 30, 2012

Patti Smith's Birthday



[Patti Smith & Allen Ginsberg in 1977 in New York City (at a William Burroughs book-signing at Gotham Book Mart) - via Marcelo Noah

Happy Birthday Patti Smith! - two magical sixes! - 66 years old today!  Patti's been featured a fair bit on The Allen Ginsberg Project (and will, of course, continue to be featured). We draw your attention, in particular, to last year's birthday posting (including the famous mistaken-for-a-boy-in-the-Automat encounter!) and this one (Patti and Philip Glass's filmed recollections of Allen), and also, (highly recommended), this triumphal rendition of Allen's "Footnote to Howl" ("Spell") - "Holy, holy, holy..." In this post, she can be heard saluting Fernanda Pivano, and in this, William Burroughs. She is sui generis, like they say, "one of a kind", or as the Japanese say, (she'll be touring in Japan, as a matter of fact, in a few weeks time), "a national treasure". 
Read more recent news about Patti here - "I just reached social security age, but I'm far from retiring".

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