jazzville skyline: ‘…bleecker and bowery…’

…jazzville skyline…
by rocky-o

“…bleecker and bowery…”

To call Patti Smith a legend would be putting it mildly…

Her breakthru during the 70’s ‘punk’ revolution came at a time when voices needed to be heard, and Patti was clearly present for those who listened…

Down in the bowery, at a club called ‘CBGB’, Patti came alive, to great assistance with Lenny Kaye on guitar…

Over the years, she has been called ‘the godmother of punk’, but she has always reached further than that moniker suggested…

A new two-dvd documentary set release, “Hell Hath No Fury” features one disc that chronicles this period out of Patti’s life, from the basic beginnings thru her debut album ‘Horses’, onto her marriage(and loss) of Fred ‘Sonic’ Smith, and to the present, where today she is a solid voice, not only for poets and musicians everywhere, but also in the political arena, where her activism is prominently heard here during the ‘George W.’ years…

This particular disc was also released as a single disc called ‘Under Review’…

The second disc features Patti, along with a focus on CBGB itself, and the times when bands like The Ramones, Blondie, and Richard Hell And The Voidoids were fixtures on the scene, and how punk began right down there at the corner of Bleecker and Bowery…

But it’s not only a documentary of the music, but also the lifestyle, the pains and problems of the bands, and what they went thru to be ‘recognized’ at a time when the country was still just tumbling out of its ‘Leave It To Beaver’ stage…

Having been there throughout this time, as well as being a fellow musician, this chronicle truly captures the scene, rather than just piecing it together…and, as a whole, this set is a time capsule well worth opening…


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