Patti Smith CD Anthology, Book Due

Both the Outside Society album and the Dancing Barefoot biography scheduled to arrive in August.

 

By
Blurt Staff

 

Patti
Smith’s star is arguably as fully ascendant as at any point in her career
thanks to the acclaim she garnered for her National Book Award-winning 2010
memoir Just Kids (read the BLURT review here), her contribution to the recent Buddy Holly tribute album (one of that
project’s few highlights, in fact), and the pending Polar Music Prize gala in
Sweden on August 30th – Smith and the Kronos Quartet were selected
as Laureates to receive the prestigious award from His Majesty King Carl XVI
Gustaf of Sweden. Word now arrives of not one but two key Smith artifacts set
to arrive in stores.

 

Dancing Barefoot: The Patti Smith Story (Chicago Review Press), by music journalist Dave Thompson, is en route in early
August. It offers a wide-angle view of Smith’s life that complements Just
Kids
, with Thompson drawing “a fierce and vivid portrait” of Patti Smith by
culling facts and details from print and broadcast interviews with her friends
and contemporaries including Lou Reed, Tom Verlaine, Richard Lloyd and Smith
herself.

 

Meanwhile,
mark your calendars for Aug. 23: that’s when Outside Society arrives via Legacy, a single CD/double LP anthology
that covers both Smith’s Arista and Columbia years – the first collection to
span her entire body of recorded work. 
The chronologically arranged tracks move from 1975 (her debut album, Horses, with “Gloria”
and “Free Money”) through 2007 (Twelve,
with her cover of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen
Spirit”).  It’s newly remastered by award-winning engineer Greg Calbi and Patti
Smith band member Tony Shanahan. 

 

The CD booklet will feature brief recollections of each song
written by Smith, who personally supervised the choices. For example, of “Because
The Night,” she writes: “Bruce Springsteen gave me
a great gift in allowing me to lend verses to his beautifully constructed
anthem.  My contribution was written for my future husband, Fred ‘Sonic’
Smith. Though we have performed it hundreds of times, the strong response
it draws always makes it fresh and exciting to sing.”

 

“By
devoting her life to art in all its forms,” said the Polar Music Prize
committee, “Patti Smith has demonstrated how much rock’n’roll there is in
poetry and how much poetry there is in rock’n’roll.  Patti Smith is a Rimbaud with Marshall amps. She has
transformed the way an entire generation looks, thinks and dreams.  With her inimitable soul of an artist, Patti
Smith proves over and over again that people have the power.”

 

Amen
to that.

 

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