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Patti Smith Poetry from 1979 (mp3)

After asking if anyone in the audience wants their money back ‘cos Keith Richards didn’t show, Patti reads the poem For Jim Morrison & Bumblebee. From a 1979 performance that also includes Terry Southern, William Buroughs, Philip Glass, John Cage and Laurie Anderson.

It’s just a small part of the amazing UbuWeb project, a repository for visual, concrete and sound poetry as well as interviews and other audio works. They openly flaunt copyright laws to preserve and disseminate the works of great 20th century artists, and it’s all operated on a volunteer basis. Especially impressive is their collection of recordings from the downtown New York punk rock/street scene of the late 70s.

So if you’re just tired of fighting the power and need a quick dose of inspiration, stop by UbuWeb and listen to e.e. cummings read a poem. Just to balance out all that ugly noise coming at you from the rest of the world.

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Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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