Patti Smith

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    Emerging from the darkness, full of energy and commitment, Patti Smith at the Latitude Festival at Henham, near Halesworth in Suffolk, July 2006. On December the 30th this year she will be sixty years old. In the history of popular music, she is a maverick, there's no one else like her. Perhaps only Tom Waits and Morrissey are such singular voices.

    I bought 'Horses' when I was fifteen - she's been a part of my personal history for nearly thirty years. I only got to see her for the first time last year at the Meltdown festival in London, and so it was wonderful to see her a second time on my own doorstep, so to speak. Patti revealed during her performance that her ancestors on her mother's side had come from Larling and East Harling, just over the Norfolk border from where the festival was taking place. She got quite emotional about this.

    Oddly, the festival was advertised as being at 'Southwold' - we were much closer to the larger town of Halesworth. Perhaps the organisers thought Southwold was sexier. The security was pretty dreadful - I've not had that many people younger than me be so rude to me in a very long time - but the festival itself was very impressive.

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    1. peet-astn 106 months ago | reply

      Maybe they thought that more people knew where Southwold was!
      This shot is proper rock'n'roll. Did she deliver?

    2. Simon_K 106 months ago | reply

      She certainly did - she was awesome! Just her and Lenny Kaye, with acoustic guitars. About half the set was old stuff, including Redondo Beach, Because The Night, Dancing Barefoot, Pissing In A River, and a remarkable version of Gloria. As I say, she's sixty this year, hope I still have that much energy...

    3. Goldmanoz 106 months ago | reply

      wow, didnt think she was near sixty.....we get older and forget about the others in the world hey...

      great grit, love the stance....

      123

    4. Joyous! 106 months ago | reply

      Like Smith herself, the photo isn't pretty. It's gritty and rough-edged, in keeping with its subject.

    5. Felipe Baenninger 106 months ago | reply

      I am happy debtor for the commentary is accurately this that I feel;]

      Patti Smith very pretty i like ;]

    6. Robin Dude 105 months ago | reply

      Very expressive image, Simon!

    7. Paul-Ipswich 57 months ago | reply

      Great photo, it is amazing how the real spirits of music keep on going and being creative. As for Latitude being at Southwold, that is just because Southwold fits the image of the festival which is radio4 rather than radio1. I'm not complaining as I'm of that age now too.

    8. Simon_K 57 months ago | reply

      I'm a Radio 3 man myself...

    9. innpictime ζ♠♠ρﭐḉ†ﭐᶬ₹ Ȝ͏۞°ʖ 57 months ago | reply

      Gosh, I suppose she is older than me. Lovely vibrant shot.

    10. Corwin's Trumps 57 months ago | reply

      60!? Hard to believe...

    11. Simon_K 34 months ago | reply

      65 this year!

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