Magazine article The Spectator

Gimme Patti

Magazine article The Spectator

Gimme Patti

Article excerpt

'Hi,' said Patti Smith, giving us a slightly awkward wave. 'You know it's really great here, by the sea.

The air is so fresh. You guys are really lucky.' Well, we felt lucky, sitting inside the iconic De la Warr Pavilion in Bexhill of all places, within touching distance of our collective icon. Blessed, though, would be nearer to the truth, so close was this to a religious experience. We - 1,000 in all - were there to worship, to pay homage and to revisit a hugely important and emotive part of our younger selves - our veneration of and identification with Patti, punk rock poet extraordinaire.

Patti's set ('An Evening of Words and Music') is wholly acoustic now - guitar, of course, her daughter Jesse on piano, axylophone, and Patrick Wolf on viola and harp ('We found him the last time we were over here, in London - that was cool'). …

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