Friday, June 29, 2012
Review,Patti Smith,The Forum, Bath 28/6/2012
The opening track is Patti's version of Van Morrison's Gloria with the famous line added by Patti, 'Jesus died for somebodies sins but not mine'.I think that some of my friends who know me as a Van Morrison fan might think it strange that i like the high priestess of punk Patti Smith but i can see connections between the two apart from both being known for Gloria.If Patti is the high priestess of punk then you could argue that Van is the grandfather of punk.Early Van songs like Gloria and Mystic Eyes were punk or garage classics 12 years ahead of their time.There is a lot more to them than that though. Firstly they were both influenced by the great French poet Arthur Rimbaud.In her song Piss Factory which was on Patti's first single she relates how while working on the production line in a factory she found her salvation when she read Rimbaud's 'Illuminations' a book which she had shoplifted.It was that very same book that Van was reading at the time of writing 'Tore Down A La Rimbaud ' one of his greatest songs.Also Van & Patti were both influenced by William Blake.Also they both experienced visions during their childhoods which i have written about previously and i can't be bothered going into now.
I caught the 6.40 train from Westbury yesterday evening and nine minutes later arrived in the quaint little market town of Frome. I wa...