Category Archives: Patti Smith

Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore Talks Poetry with Daniel Kane

The musician Thurston Moore — one of the founders of the groundbreaking experimental rock band Sonic Youth — has deep and long-standing ties to the New York School of poets, and to avant-garde poetics more broadly.  After all, he did recently record a song called “Frank O’Hara … Continue reading

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Garth Risk Hallberg and the Formative Influence of Frank O’Hara and the New York School

The literary world has been abuzz recently over the publication of City on Fire, Garth Risk Hallberg’s massive new novel about New York City in the 1970s.  The 36-year old Hallberg received a jaw-dropping $2 million advance for the book (his first … Continue reading

Posted in Allen Ginsberg, Frank O'Hara, John Ashbery, Lou Reed, New York, NY School Influence, Patti Smith, Velvet Underground

Patti Smith on Lou Reed: “He recited the great poets — Rupert Brooke, Hart Crane, Frank O’Hara”

  As someone who has been trying to make the case that there’s an important and under-recognized connection between the New York School of poets and Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground, I know that for some skeptics, one nagging fact gets … Continue reading

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Patti Smith: Horses “Evolved Organically From My First Poetry Reading”

Via the Poetry Project at St. Marks, I came across this brief video posted by the music site/magazine NME featuring Patti Smith, called “My First Gig: Desecrating a Church with Electric Guitar.”  Smith talks about her first performance “worthy of remembering,” which was … Continue reading

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Patti Smith Pays Tribute to John Ashbery at the National Arts Club

If you felt a little cosmic jolt at some point last night, it may have been thanks to the surprise confluence of two brilliant and revered artists in one place and one special moment. Last night, in New York, John Ashbery was given the National … Continue reading

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