Patti Smith

Photo courtesy of Columbia Records Patti Smith


Thu., Oct. 20, 8 p.m. 2016

Location Info:

The Teragram Ballroom
1234 W. Seventh St.
Los Angeles, CA  90017
Patti Smith’s Horses — released in late 1975, a few months before The Ramones’ eponymous debut hit the stores — often is regarded as the first punk-rock record, yet it’s not a typical punk album in any way. Unlike The Ramones’ trademark short, fast and loud recordings, Horses is a wildly poetic fever dream that features two cover songs clocking in at more than nine and five minutes apiece. The remakes of “Gloria” and “Land of a Thousand Dances” are virtually original works, as Smith infuses those garage-rock anthems with soaring, rambling new lyrics of ecstasy and desire. It’s an album that features an achingly heartbroken ode, “Break It Up,” co-written by Television guitarist Tom Verlaine, even as it spiritually invokes his namesake, the French poet Paul Verlaine. Tonight, Smith and her band reproduce the album live.


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