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April 6 Blu-ray, Digital and DVD Releases

April 6 Blu-ray, Digital and DVD Releases Welcome to’s April 6 Blu-ray, Digital HD and DVD column! We’ve highlighted this week’s releases in detailed write-ups of different titles below! Click each highlighted title to purchase through Amazon!  New Movies on Blu-ray/DVD Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar From Bridesmaids co-stars and co-writers Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo comes this comedy about two best friends who leave their small town and embark on the adventure of a l...
Tags: TV, Movies, Horror, Church, Budapest, United States, Paris, TV News, Patti Smith, Blu-ray, Dvd, Kristen Wiig, Lucas, Atlantic Ocean, Mark, Robert Scott

Patti Smith to Share New Writing in Substack Newsletter

Patti Smith — singer, songwriter, poet, author and icon — will be sharing her writing in a new weekly newsletter on Substack. In a message posted Wednesday on her highly entertaining Instagram page, Smith wrote that she aims to use the newsletter to “form an inter-connective body of work for a responsive community,” posting “weekly […]
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How Edward Munch Signaled His Bohemian Rebellion with Cigarettes (1895): A Video Essay

When we think of Edvard Munch, we think of The Scream. Though not explicitly a self-portrait, that iconic 1893 canvas does, to anyone who’s read up on the painter’s life, look like a plausible expression of his troubled internal state. But “Self-Portrait with Cigarette made two years later, though less jarring, is just as concerned with Munch’s personal psychology and the dark underside of his identity as The Scream is.” So argues Evan Puschak, better known as the Nerdwriter, in his vide...
Tags: Google, Art, College, History, Pink Floyd, Norway, Patti Smith, Seoul, Munch, Edvard Munch, Facebook Twitter, Evan Puschak, Colin Marshall, Puschak, 21st Century Los Angeles, Edvard Munch Other Artists Put Online

How NY PopsUp Aims to Get the Performing Arts Industry Back to Work

In recent weeks, New Yorkers might have stumbled upon a socially distanced pop-up performance by Jon Batiste at the Javits Center, or one by Patti Smith at the Brooklyn Museum. They were both part of NY PopsUp, the joint public-private program announced by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and overseen by Scott Rudin and Jane […]
Tags: New York, News, Patti Smith, Andrew Cuomo, Scott Rudin, Jane, Javits Center, Jon Batiste, Jane Rosenthal, Brooklyn Museum They, NY PopsUp

Patti Smith Returns to Singing Live With Brooklyn Concert

Patti Smith performed a mini-concert at the Brooklyn Museum on Tuesday to honor photographer Robert Mapplethorpe and add her voice to a series of pop-up events that represent New York City's first baby steps toward the return of live indoor performances.
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"Finally, a novel about the travails of a successful White guy! What could pull the heartstrings of our afflicted nation tighter than a story of brief, emotional setback suffered by a handsome movie star?"

The first 2 sentences of "Ethan Hawke turns his acting experience — and past infidelities — into brilliant fiction" (WaPo).  The reviewer, Ron Charles, also seems to be a white male, so his sarcasm may reflect his own anguish at elite America's languishing interest in how white men think and feel.  ... Hawke is... known as the man who cheated on Uma Thurman and offered loutish excuses about the sexual needs of great men like Martin Luther King Jr., John F. Kennedy and him.  Now, some 15 year...
Tags: Amazon, Books, Law, America, Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, John F Kennedy, Jonathan Franzen, Patti Smith, Robert Plant, Hawke, John Henry, Knopf, Ann Althouse, Ron Charles, Race And Pop Culture

PBS American Masters Archive Releases 1,000+ Hours of Uncut, Never-Before-Seen Interviews: Patti Smith, David Bowie, Neil Young & More When we think of American masters, we don’t think of David Bowie, who despite being a master was also the most English rock star ever to live. But an interview with Bowie, never before seen in full, nonetheless appears in the newly opened American Masters archive, having been shot for the long-running PBS series’ 1997 documentary on Lou Reed — if not the most American rock star ever to live, then surely the most New York one. “For me, New Yor...
Tags: Google, New York, Television, College, History, Neil Young, David Bowie, South London, Patti Smith, Smith, Archives, Lou Reed, Dick Cavett, Seoul, Jeff Bridges, Mel Brooks

"The people have the power to redeem the work of fools"

Here's Patti Smith and her band performing "People Have the Power" to celebrate the inauguration of a new president and vice president. View this post on Instagram A post shared by This is Patti Smith (@thisispattismith) Image: Screengra
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Meet Madeline Brewer, the rock 'n' roll heart of 'The Ultimate Playlist of Noise' on Hulu

Madeline Brewer talks Patti Smith's influence on her work in the Hulu original film 'The Ultimate Playlist of Noise.'          [Author: Asbury Park Press]
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Meet Madeline Brewer, the NJ rock heart of 'The Ultimate Playlist of Noise' on Hulu

Madeline Brewer talks fellow NJ native Patti Smith's influence on her work in the Hulu original film 'The Ultimate Playlist of Noise.'          [Author: Asbury Park Press]
Tags: Religion, Patti Smith, Hulu, Asbury Park Press, Madeline Brewer

A Look Inside William S. Burroughs’ Bunker When everybody had one or two vodkas and smoked a few joints, it was always the time for the blowgun. —John Giorno From 1974 to 1982, writer William S. Burroughs lived in a former locker room of a 19th-century former-YMCA on New York City’s Lower East Side. When he moved on, his stuff, including his worn out shoes, his gun mags, the typewriter on which he wrote Cities of the Red Night, and half of The Place of Dead Roads, a well-worn copy of Th...
Tags: Google, Books, College, Life, New York City, Poetry, History, Architecture, Beverly Hills, Literature, Kansas, John, Cia, Patti Smith, William, Coke

Patti Smith: 'As a writer, you can be a pacifist or a murderer'

As she prepares to ring in 2021 with a performance on screens at Piccadilly Circus, the punk poet explains why she’s optimistic amid the ‘debris’ of Trump’s years in officePatti Smith talks about her first poetry performance – in 1971 at St Mark’s Church in New York’s Bowery – as if it were yesterday. “I remember everything,” she says over the phone from her home in New York. Smith was in her early 20s, working at a bookshop and living in the Chelsea Hotel with her then lover, the playwright Sam...
Tags: Art, Books, Music, New York, Poetry, Environment, Culture, Art and design, Pop and rock, Punk, Installation, Patti Smith, Smith, Sam, Trump, Sam Shepard

Patti Smith & Fred “Sonic” Smith Perform a Stripped-Down, Beautiful Version of “People Have the Power” It’s fitting for the day, even though it was recorded long ago (1990). The footage above features Patti Smith and her departed husband Fred “Sonic” Smith performing a stripped-down, acoustic version of her classic “People Have the Power.” A rare recording of Smith and Sonic performing together, this is a little treasure. Savor the moment. People have the power The power to dream, to rule To wrestle the world from fools It’s decreed: the people ...
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Patti Smith and Lenny Kaye busk for early NYC voters: "People Have the Power"

View this post on Instagram to wrestle the world from fools #pattismith #lennykaye #peoplehavethepower #kurimanzutto #TITAN #damianortega #breezucker #useyourvoice #vote A post shared by Zoe Leonard (@zoe_leonard_studio) on Oct 29, 2020 at 7:38am PDT Some Manhattan folks waiting in line to vote early were treated to a Patti Smith and Lenny Kaye street performance Monday. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Video, News, Instagram, Vote, Manhattan, Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye, Power to the People, Wrestle The World From Fools, Zoe Leonard @zoe_leonard_studio

Cillian Murphy returns to BBC Radio 6 Music

Cillian Murphy is back at 6 Music to host a new 12 part series called Cillian Murphy’s Limited Edition. The series of two-hour programmes launches on Monday 19 October on 6 Music (12am-2am) and sees Cillian curate his own nocturnal playlist, made for after midnight. The programmes will feature a personal selection by Cillian of music both old and new, with genres ranging from afrobeat to electronica, jazz, spoken word and poetry and featuring iconic artists including Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, D...
Tags: Bbc, Radio, David Bowie, Radio industry, Patti Smith, Pluto, Cillian Murphy, BBC Radio, Guy Garvey, Tommy Shelby, Angela Davies, Cillian, Samantha Moy, Sound Of Cinema

‘Sweet Dreams’ explores the New Romantic scene that launched Duran Duran, Culture Club and more

For Dylan Jones, the paradox of the New Romantic music scene is that this British blend of new sounds and styles became a worldwide phenomenon thanks in large part to American television. “The New Romantics were made by America because of MTV,” says Jones, author of the new oral history “Sweet Dreams: From Club Culture to Style Culture, the Story of the New Romantics.” For those too young to experience it, the scene was one that combined synthpop music with outrageous fashion and makeup. “Withou...
Tags: Books, Music, London, America, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Mtv, United Kingdom, David Bowie, Shirley, Patti Smith, Kraftwerk, Pasadena, Cambridgeshire, Donald Trump

Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore returns to rock, talks Rolling Stones, Talking Heads, Patti Smith influences

Just as Thurston Moore’s longtime band Sonic Youth sculpted experimental symphonies into rock and roll shapes, the guitarist says his new solo album “By The Fire” was forged from all the sounds and styles he loves. His previous release, the 2019 box set “Spirit Council,” collected three long-form guitar compositions, each refined over tours in recent years and all running long enough to fill their own CD. That project behind him, Moore says he wanted to return to the tighter format of a single a...
Tags: Books, Music, New York, London, California, New York City, San Francisco, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Mick Jagger, Hannibal Buress, Patti Smith, Donald Trump, Sonic Youth, Venus

Meet the CEO behind the company that owns the rights to all your favorite bankrupt brands and dead celebrities, from Forever 21 to Marilyn Monroe

Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for DuJour Authentic Brands Group CEO Jamie Salter has spent the coronavirus pandemic buying up the rights to struggling retailers including Brooks Brothers and Lucky Brand, planning to license out their intellectual property for a profit. ABG is a family business — all four of Salter's sons work with him at the licensing giant. Authentic Brands made more than $500 million off the estates of Marilyn Monroe, Michael Jackson, Muhammad Ali, and Elvis Presley in 2...
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Watch Patti Smith, Michael Stipe, Joan Baez, & More Perform “People Have The Power”

Patti Smith, Michael Stipe, Joan Baez, and many more have come together to perform Smith's "People Have The Power" for a new video in support of Pathway To Paris, the climate change organization co-founded by Smith's daughter. The video doubles as an encouragement to get out and vote. More »
Tags: Music, News, Paris, Patti Smith, Smith, Michael Stipe, Joan Baez, Cyndi Lauper, Angelique Kidjo, Pathway to Paris, Patti Smith Michael Stipe Joan Baez

Patti Smith: 'I feel the unrest of the world in the pit of my stomach'

The rock star and poet on solitude, her lifelong friend Sam Shepard, and writing her latest memoirPatti Smith, rock star, poet, visual artist and writer, won the 2010 National book award with her memoir Just Kids. The Year of the Monkey, her moving postscript – about loss, serendipity, friendship and hope – is out now in paperback (Bloomsbury).Did you plan The Year of the Monkey or did it almost write itself?Truthfully, I had no goal. It was the end of 2015. I’d had concerts at the Fillmore in S...
Tags: Books, Music, San Francisco, Life and style, Culture, Autobiography and memoir, Ageing, Patti Smith, Smith, Bereavement, Robert Mapplethorpe, Sam Shepard, Sandy Pearlman

David Lynch Being a Madman for a Relentless 8 Minutes and 30 Seconds

Madman or visionary? A little of both? A genius? A brand? A mensch? David Lynch is all these things and more, and this fan-made video above is a quick reminder of the career and the consistency of the film director/artist/transcendental meditator who turned 74 this year. Early in the video we see one of the director’s publicity stunts, when he sat in a chair on the corner of La Brea and Hollywood, next to a cow and large poster of Laura Dern. No, the cow had nothing to do with the film h...
Tags: Google, Hollywood, Film, Youtube, College, Los Angeles, Patti Smith, Laura Dern, Kyle Maclachlan, David Lynch, Naomi Watts, Facebook Twitter, Lynch, KCRW, La Brea, Ted Mills

Hear Patti Smith’s First Poetry Reading, Accompanied by Her Longtime Guitarist Lenny Kaye (St. Mark’s Church, 1971)

There are so many origin stories of punk that no single history can count as definitive. But there’s also no disputing its roots in the New York poetry scene from which Patti Smith emerged in the 1960s and 70s. She learned from Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs, and Gregory Corso and Sam Shepherd inspired the poetry/rock hybrid that would become the music of Horses. Corso, who called himself a “punk debauche” in his 1960 poem “1959,” lived up to the label. He would heckle poets...
Tags: Google, Music, New York, College, New York City, Poetry, Patti Smith, Smith, St Marks, Facebook Twitter, Bertolt Brecht, McLeod, Rimbaud, Josh Jones, Jim Morrison, William S Burroughs

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld and author James Altucher are tussling over whether New York City is dying. Here's why both men are right.

The famous Daily News front page from 1975's fiscal crisis era of New York City. NY Daily News Archive Joan Didion-style leaving New York essays from early in the pandemic have morphed into a new narrative that "New York City is dead," newly made famous by lightning rod blogger James Altucher.When they say this crisis will be the defining one for New York, critics like Altucher are probably referring to its last big crisis: The "Bad Old Days" of the 1970s, when New York was essentially ...
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Gilda Radner Does a Comic Impersonation of Patti Smith: Watch the Classic SNL Skit, “Rock Against Yeast” (1979)

Gimme Mick, gimme MickBaby’s hair, bulgin’ eyes, lips so thickAre you woman, are you manI’m your biggest funked-up fanSo rock me and roll meeee…‘Til I’m sick                                 —(the fictional) Candy Slice, Saturday Night Live Sir Michael Philip—aka Mick Jagger—celebrated his 77th birthday earlier this summer, a milestone his fellow Rolling Stones Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood observed remotely, as befits seniors at particular risk from COVID-19 infection. You, Mick Jagger...
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50 years on, the wild story of ‘Creem: America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine’ gets told

Rock journalist Jaan Uhelszki laughs as she describes a friend’s skepticism about life and work at Creem magazine during its glory days in the ’70s. “He keeps telling me, ‘All you Creem people romanticize it, you always make it seem like it was much better than it was,’” Uhelszki says. “I say, ‘No, it really was that good.’” With the release of the new documentary “Creem: America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine” on Friday, Aug. 7, Uhelszki — who co-wrote the film with director Scott Crawford and c...
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"Rolling Stone felt comparatively stuffy, preoccupied with movies and politics and reluctant to cover loud and snotty subcultural movements like punk and metal..."

"... whereas Creem’s pages first coined those genre’s names: 'punk rock' by Marsh, about ? and the Mysterians, and 'heavy metal' by Mike Saunders, about Sir Lord Baltimore, both in the May 1971 issue.... Subversive humor was the Creem lingua franca. Snarky photo captions and regular features like the Creem Dreems (tongue-in-cheek pinups of artists like Debbie Harry and Bebe Buell) were clearly intended for — and driven by — adolescent hormones.... [S]een through today’s eyes, some of the old Cre...
Tags: Music, Movies, Law, America, Journalism, Metallica, Patti Smith, Rolling Stone, Sonic Youth, Michael Stipe, Marsh, Debbie Harry, Kirk Hammett, Creem, Lester Bangs, Stipe

Patty Smyth On Turning Down Van Halen, Getting Patti Smith’s Mail, And Releasing Her First New Music In 28 Years

My phone call with Patty Smyth is cut off just as the former Scandal singer starts talking about living on the same East Village street as her name-doppelgänger Patti Smith in the '70s. "I was getting Patti Smith's mail, and I didn't know who that was at that time," she says before the line abruptly … More »
Tags: Music, Scandal, Patti Smith, Van Halen, Don Henley, East Village, Eddie Van Halen, Patty Smyth, Tracking Down

Take a Virtual Drive through London, Tokyo, Los Angeles & 45 Other World Cities

When asked once about his beliefs, This American Life creator Ira Glass replied that he believes "the car is the best place to listen to the radio." That seems to be a culturally supported perception, or at least it has been in over the past half-century in America. But does it hold true in other countries? Does listening to the radio in the car feel as good in London, Buenos Aires, Mumbai, and Tokyo as it does in Chicago, New York, Miami, and Los Angeles? You can see and hea...
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Dalai Lama to release album of mantras and teachings set to music

‘Music has the potential to reach many more people,’ says the Tibetan spiritual leaderThe Dalai Lama, whose message of humanity, harmony and peace delivered with a smile has won millions of global followers, is releasing an album of mantras set to music to mark his 85th birthday next month.The Tibetan spiritual leader’s first foray into the world of recorded music comes five years after he appeared at the Glastonbury music festival, where he warned of the dangers of climate change, and the Ameri...
Tags: Music, Tibet, Religion, World news, Culture, Patti Smith, Dalai Lama, Buddhism

Legendary East Village corner store, Gem Spa, closes its doors

The Gothamist is reporting the sad news that Gem Spa, the iconic NY corner store that has been a fixture at St. Marks Place and Second Avenue for around 100 years is being forced to shutter its doors and windows for the last time. The Spa has been struggling to keep up with increasing rent prices and COVID-19 has apparently proven to be the final nail in its coffin. "It’s where Robert Mapplethorpe bought Patti Smith an egg cream on the day they met. It’s on the back cover of the New York Dolls’ ...
Tags: Post, News, New York City, Loss, Patti Smith, New York Stock Exchange, Spa, Cbgb, Gothamist, Robert Mapplethorpe, Sunday New York Times, Johnny Thunders, New York Dolls, Abbie Hoffman, Sad Endings, St Marks Place and Second Avenue