I’ll have to wait until the end of December to see Patti Smith in concert again, but she was in town last week to promote her new book, M Train, and hearing her talk is almost as fulfilling as watching her perform.
Patti was interviewed by NPR’s Maureen Corrigan at the George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium. It was an older crowd and I got their early enough to snag a pretty good seat. Just Kids is easily in my all-time top five favorite books, so I’m looking forward to reading this new one now that I have a copy. Apparently it’s much less linear, which seems appropriate for Smith.
So why is a book event from the godmother of punk so fantastic? 1) She was sassy with people who asked stupid questions. Trust me, they deserved the sass. 2) After the thoroughly interesting talk, she sang two songs a capella – a John Lennon cover since it was his would-be 75th birthday and “Because the Night,” which turned into a giant book event sing-a-long.