Review: Patti Smith and Friends Celebrate the Life of Federico Garcia Lorca

Posted by The G on June 7, 2013 under G Reviews | Read the First Comment

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Patti Smith

Patti Smith

On June 5, 2013, Patti Smith and friends celebrated the life and birthday of poet Federico Garcia Lorca at a sold out show at New York’s Bowery Ballroom.   For this particular show, Patti brought out several of her friends to read poems by Federico Garcia Lorca including one of his family members.  Lorca was outspoken about his political views and was executed in 1936 in Spain for being openly gay.

Patti Smith

Patti Smith

Patti Smith mentioned that earlier in the evening, she’d gone to see a documentary about the imprisoned Russian band Pussy Riot and she talked about the fact that we need to continue to voice our opinions no matter what the cost because one of the few liberties we have left in America is freedom of speech.  It’s inspiring to see Patti Smith because not only is she a rock and roll goddess and poet, but she is a champion of equal rights and freedom.  To quote one of her songs (which she also performed), THE PEOPLE HAVE THE POWER!

Patti Smith

Patti Smith

The night wasn’t all about Lorca, however.  Her band joined her on stage and they performed a full set which included some of her classic songs including “Redondo Beach,” “Pissing in a River,” the title track off her latest release, “Banga” as well as a cover of Eddie Cochran’s “Summertime Blues.”   The finale of the show was Patti reading her poem “Piss Factory” and it’s always amazing to see a crowded room become completely silent to catch every word that Patti Smith speaks.  What a night!  Thanks Patti, happy birthday Federico and make sure to speak up ALWAYS for what you believe in!

Patti Smith - Lorca Birthday Setlist

Patti Smith – Lorca Birthday Setlist

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  • Sean Andrew Heaney said,

    Dear Patti, I’d like to know how you & Garcia-Lorca met: Long time love like Rimbaud, or who turned you on to him? And what translation? Was Laura Garcia-Lorca the guest at the show? They are pretty circumspect re F G-l’s sexuality in my negotiations. I’ll write you c/o Lenny Kaye @ RE/MER Sean Andrew. Semper fi.

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