Patti Smith visits Dylan’s shed

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The rock wossname Patti smith visited Dylan Thomas’s Shed (that’s me not her after the click) this week during the annual festival.

Punk legend, Patti Smith will give a poetry reading at Dylan Thomas’ boathouse today (March 31) to an audience of just 20 people as part of the Laugharne literary weekend.

The intimate set is her second performance at the festival following her full set of poetry and music at the 200-capacity village hall last night (March 30). Tickets for the gig sold out in minutes when they were put on sale in February.

The gig was the highlight of a line-up that included author and journalist, Will Self, former drug baron, Howard Marks, comedian Keith Allen, music from ex-Gorky’s guitarist Richard James and a duet with Patrick Wolf and Ed Larrikin of Larrikin Love.

The Smiths guitarist, Mike Joyce held a question and answer session with a small audience after showing the new documentary “Inside the Smiths”.

The performance will close the annual festival held in the home of the famous welsh playwright.


For more information see the Laugharne weekend website.

By Andrew Wilcox

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  1. London Premiere of new Patti Smith documentary as a part of 16th Raindance Film Festival – 3rd October at 21:30!!

    Patti Smith Dream of Life – Cineworld Shaftesbury Avenue, 13 Coventry Street, W1
    21:30 on Friday 3rd October.

    Arguably punk rock’s poet laureate, Patti Smith occupies a curious position within the rock world. Having influenced generations of future icons, from The Smiths and REM to PJ Harvey, she retains something wholly unique within modern rock. This is exemplified by the hypnotic beat-style spoken word fused with three chord riffs of her early albums through to her brave and unconventional cover versions of the likes of Nirvana and Prince in her later works.

    Steven Sebring’s documentary, narrated by Smith herself, was shot over a period of ten years on a mixture of colour and black and white 16mm stock, capturing the artist perfectly in an archive-like manner. Each frame resembles a meticulously planned still photograph, even in it’s verité moments. One of Smith’s powers as an artist is to draw you into her thoughts and views, to the extent where you hang onto every word communicated through her iconic and hypnotic voice. Sebring uses this to his own advantage, compiling clips and still images that reinforce the enigmatic presence shown in her music. That’s not to say however that his portrayal is fantastical; at one point Smith is shown struggling in good humour with simple guitar rhythms, which comes across as a comfortingly human.

    Utilising years’ worth of live footage and interview clips, some dating back before the release of the seminal Horses, the film is essential for anyone with even a passing interest in this striking performer.

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