Singer Patti Smith interviewed


From Democracy NOW! in the USA:

Punk Rock Legend Patti Smith on her Life, Her Art, Her Singing and Speaking Out

We bring you a Democracy Now special with the singer-songwriter, poet, artist, and punk rock legend, Patti Smith, on her life, her art and her singing and speaking out. “I do things that make people upset. My political views or my humanist views have caused me a lot of censorship, but I don’t have a problem with that,” Smith says. “What I would have more of a problem with is, if I had to look back on my life and say, ‘Yeah I compromised here’ and ‘yeah I did this so I could get that’–once you start doing that it’s like a house of cards, it all falls apart.” [Includes rush transcript]

Patti Smith video


This is a music video of People Have The Power by The Patti Smith Group 1988. Lyrics are here.

About United States singer Patti Smith, see here.

Patti Smith: “I look at Jeff Koons’s stuff and I’m appalled”: here.

On Dec. 30, Ms. Smith’s 63rd birthday, PBS will broadcast “Patti Smith: Dream of Life,” a documentary filmed over 11 years by the fashion photographer and film neophyte Steven Sebring: here.

New Patti Smith song against Guantanamo torture camp


Patti Smith record cover

From TalkLeft blog in the USA:

Patti Smith Takes on Guantanamo

By Jeralyn, Section Media

Posted on Sat Apr 14, 2007 at 11:45:04 AM EST

Rocker Patti Smith has a new song about Guantanamo, “Without Chains.”

She says it will be available soon for download on her website.

“I feel responsible as an American citizen,” Smith told The Associated Press in a telephone interview from New York.

“It’s a terrible injustice and I think it will be a stain upon us when history examines this period.”

Smith’s “Without Chains” focuses on Murat Kurnaz, a German-born Turkish citizen who said he was kept under fluorescent lights for 24 hours at a time and complained of being beaten at the U.S. military detention center in southeast Cuba.

Detainees are held there on suspicion of links to al-Qaida or the Taliban, many without the opportunity to face trial.

More like Patti, please.

Bush and Guantanamo, cartoon