Last modified on Thu 26 Mar 2020 08.52 EDT. But the one thing that this present culture has that we didn't have is the technological ability to unite almost instantaneously. After their expected breakthrough year, with a Coachella gig, was sidelined due to COVID, Lili Trifilio and Beach Bunny hit reset with a bracing EP. The musician, poet, memoirist and activist is about an hour out from showtime there, a period that she uses to ground herself before taking the stage. People. Patti Smith is marking Inauguration Day with a rendition of The People Have the Power the rousing song she co-wrote with her late husband Fred ‘Sonic’ Smith in 1988. Older generations have witnessed the changes firsthand. Hitting the vaccine jackpot: Lucky few get leftover COVID-19 shots. Op-Ed: Garth Brooks, bringing some unity through country music. Has today’s political climate shifted your priorities? So many young men or so many young women realized they were going off to some war they didn't understand, and might never come back. Every city I go to is completely different. Patti Smith on 1970s alternative radio. Their potential positive power. The Standard hotel in West Hollywood on the Sunset Strip is set to close Friday. Smith then dedicated a poem to the butterflies, which was inscribed on the wall of Casa Azul. And I think that if I can’t change the things that are happening right now, what I can do is just resonate positivity, strength, unity, individuality. But she's coming from California to give support to this, and she believes in the same thing because that's what she did as a young girl. You may know Patti Smith from her award-winning book Just Kids, her admirable friendships, … It's happening everywhere. Patti Smith performs on the Pyramid stage. Smith posted a photo of … Well, I feel the exact same way. This initiative is far more reaching than the concert. It's just like the war in Vietnam; we couldn't get people involved against the war that was so long and so terrible until so many people lost sons, so many people lost brothers. Founded by Smith’s daughter, Jesse Paris Smith, and the Canadian cellist and composer Rebecca Foon (who will also perform), Pathway to Paris formed with an initial goal of helping to ensure the success of the 2015 Paris Agreement. Of course, one happens to be my daughter, but still, I'm in awe when I think about myself at her age. I keep attentive to what is going on — I know exactly what’s going on on the news. The concert is one milestone or one stepping stone. The air right now in San Francisco is the most toxic it's ever been in San Francisco's history because of all the fires in Santa Rosa. So, I don't know how much worse it can get except all these dots start connecting, and it takes a toll on human life, on human health, on human resources.Â, That's why for me this event is so inspiring. On the mid-October afternoon I spoke with Patti Smith about her involvement with Pathway to Paris, the collective organization of activists and artists working to … But I have to put it in a certain place, because I’m 71 years old. I’m not burying my head in the sand, but I am reserving the right to be able to do my work. Everything he said has come to pass. Smith opened with "Peaceable Kingdom," a song she wrote for Rachel Corrie, the American activist killed by an Israeli bulldozer in Gaza in 2003. Like those at Standing Rock who stood and fought and fought until they bled, we can't give up. It's going to seep into the drinking water. This became so widespread, it was touching everyone, and then the people rose up and protested.Â, But I don't want to hope for that because, in hoping for that, we are hoping that things will get worse and worse, but they're already worse. Jan. 7, 2021 In celebration of the climate activist's 18th birthday, singer-songwriter Patti Smith dedicated a poem to Greta Thunberg. Even though my daughter's concerns are my concerns, she has become the more articulate one. Â, So, for me, there are two things that make me want to be a part of it. All I can say is, focus on the good that you can do. We want a pandemic of positive change. It said its lease price made the location unsustainable. We can't feel powerless; we can't let ourselves feel helpless. It's not that kind of event; it's an awareness event. Having Brooks on stage was a way to reach out to the entire country, including his fans in red states. I guess my first question is, what do you say at this point to people who are climate change-deniers? One, is the support, the activism of our youth, and the other is because it's a necessity. You're preparing the world to end for your children and your children's children. You know, when others articulate things in a strong and dignified manner, we have to magnify that type of response. But we're not only supporting an idea, we're supporting the young who have taken an initiative. " There are always ways to feel like it doesn't affect you, but sooner or later, the dots will start connecting, and it's not just affecting your neighbor across, you know, three states. I’m not going down with the ship, that’s for certain. Do you have any inspiring words? Patti Smith — singer, songwriter, and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer — is no stranger to using her music as activism. Info: https://www.acehotel.com/losangeles/theatre. For tips, records, snapshots and stories on Los Angeles music culture, follow Randall Roberts on Twitter and Instagram: @liledit. It’s amazing that there’s not a single day that goes by that something is said — our so-called president carries things out in such a way that he can’t make one gesture without trying to magnify himself. She has been the most active politically. I guess what always shocks me is the inherent nihilism that goes along with not caring about the environment. We have to have their backs. Patti Smith has held a 30-minute inaugural presentation in honour of Joe Biden‘s inauguration, where she performed her classic ‘People Have The Power’. I did a concert in Cologne and Joan Baez joined me. Patti Smith is speaking from a pasture in Brittany, France, she explains by way of apology at the beginning of a recent phone conversation. Her biggest hit is the single "Because the Night." I tried to start a pandemic pod for my 5-year-old. Here’s how it went wrong. The people vote, the people march, the people can unite, and the only thing, when you think about Donald Trump—what fills him with anger, worry, and made him start to lie in the very beginning of his presidency—he didn't have as many people at his inauguration as Obama. Single-handedly inspiring climate activism with two Patti Smith poems under her belt. She became the national youth poet laureate at age 16; six years later, she read her poem at Joe Biden’s and Kamala Harris’ historic swearing-in. The following conversation has been lightly edited for length and clarity. She has a very distinctive sound, which can be placed within the punk rock genre of music. Mark Beaumont. The youth of America has it in their power. You're gonna have animals and bees and flowers filled with pesticides. A-listers from Katy Perry to Bruce Springsteen performed on Inauguration Day, but the COVID-19 crisis, and the darkness of the Trump years, muted the celebration. When you have someone for president, he becomes, whether you like it or not, a role model for behavior and police systems. I'm 70 years old, and I can't ever remember such extreme weather in so many places. Anger, a certain amount of fear, shame, all kinds of things, because again, as I travel, I see how the respect that people had for us and for Americans and for our country is so diminished. In 1993, Smith contributed "Memorial Tribute (Live)" to the AIDS-Benefit Album No Alternative produced by the Red Hot Organization. Patti Smith marked Greta Thunberg ’s 17th birthday with a short poem celebrating the work of the young climate activist. I think it’s very, very important for older generations to support the initiatives of our young. It's perfect vision. It’s not just that Jesse is my daughter. And Joan Baez is fearless. Terrible fires in Spain. So somehow, we have to stay optimistic and stay on our own course. Are those 34 people expendable?Â, I know for myself, it's very very hard. “Patti’s unmistakable voice is indelibly stamped in her photographs, as it is in every facet of her being. We sang “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” together, and we were both in tears singing because a lot of these concerns are within the lyrics of that song. When the Trump administration announced its intention to exit the accord, the organization vowed to carry on. Mother Nature knows no race, she knows no good or evil, she just exists. I have a lot of work to do — a lot of positive work to do. Patti Smith photographed in New York City, 2014. Here she is again coming to help a young girl who she's never met. Terrible fires in Portugal. We're speaking at a time when wildfires are blanketing California, and New Yorkers still need air conditioners. Read our interview below to find out Smith's thoughts on what's going on in the world and why she maintains hope for change in 2020. Given her setting, she’s answering questions with a caveat: “There’s nothing like sitting in a big field with cows roaming around to make you not as politically articulate as you should be,” she says. Her songs are strongly driven by the lyrics, and often feature spoken poetry. An Evening with Patti Smith and Her Calls for Activism. -Patti Smith, Just Kids A writer, or any artist, can’t expect to be embraced by the people [but] you just keep doing your work — because you have to, because it’s your calling. 's 20th anniversary. I mean [Jesse] got in touch with Joan Baez, and Joan Baez responded. Singer Randy Parton, Dolly Parton’s brother, dies at 67 of cancer. https://www.wealthypersons.com/patti-smith-net-worth-2020-2021 Because we're doing two things by supporting this concert: It's a learning experience, it's also entertainment. She was doing work to make the Paris Agreement a real thing, and then the president of her country withdraws from it. He said, "Not Tibet, not any place," he said, "we have to go beyond personal concerns."Â. Everywhere we go, there’s the intense heat or intense flooding. Titled "The Cup", Smith was inspired by … 'S 20TH ANNIVERSARY Patti Smith performed two songs Monday night at Riverside Church celebrating Democracy Now! We want a pandemic of good. She’ll be joined by a roster of musicians including the bassist Flea, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ singer Karen O, rapper Talib Kweli, singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams, Jim James of My Morning Jacket and guitarist and Beatles offspring Dhani Harrison. Do you feel more urgency now? And 2020, when you think about it is "20/20," and what does "20/20" represent? . It's so fatalistic.Â. That's the one thing that we have and young people have in this present culture. In the 1970s, radio station WNEW-FM canceled a live music broadcast of the Patti Smith Group after Patti made the … What's your feeling about people who might be disillusioned or disheartened because of the monstrous human being who is now our president? I do things because I know they’re right. And we have a person that doesn't seem to have any empathy, who is not qualified, is not knowledgeable, and it's like... his golf course wasn't affected by the storms. And thank God they are. It's not really an event that's going to raise a lot of money or anything like that. I’m talking about all generations, but we put our faith on our youth. People say, "Well, I have air conditioning," or "those fires aren't coming my way. Pathways to Paris concert featuring Patti Smith, Lucinda Williams, Talib Kweli, Karen O, Eric Burdon and more. And if young people just decided to take one initiative, which would hopefully be climate-involved, and decided they are going to globally take a stand—whether it's against nuclear weapons, whether it's against war—they can become the most thunderous voice in human history.Â, I think it's very very hard to think about what we can do to change things or be positive right now with [Trump] at the helm. California is running critically low on COVID-19 vaccines as people vie for shots. Like he said in Puerto Rico, "Oh, you didn't lose thousands of people, it wasn't so bad." The best thing that we can do is unite. I mean, we can do everything that we can do, but it seems that people are going to be in denial until they are so affected, that they become concerned. The Standard hotel in West Hollywood is shutting down. I think that this is a subject that has concerned many of us for a long time. Patti Smith and Terence Blanchard are just part of a month-long celebration in L.A. celebrating music and social activism at L.A.'s Disney Hall. Basically, try to be even more positive than ever, even in the face of all of this.Â, I remember once when I was working for Ralph Nader, he said, "Pessimism and negativity breed nothing." Randall Roberts is a staff writer covering music and pens the weekly California Sounds column for the Los Angeles Times. They just have to start developing a network. Thirty-four people died, and if 15 of them were his family members, how would he feel about that? It's fascinating to think of using activism techniques from the last 50 to 60 years, in order to try and effect change now for the environmental disasters.Â. Everybody’s got to reclaim these things- poetry, rock ‘n’ roll, political activism- and it’s got to be done over and over again. So that's why I'll be there. Patricia Lee “Patti Smith” is a singer-songwriter, visual artist, activist and poet. That's what we have to do, in city after city after city after city. How a 22-year-old L.A. native became Biden’s inauguration poet. Trying to create a social pod so her daughter could again play with her friends led this mom down a rabbit hole of awkwardness, rejection and frustration. Beyond being broken-hearted, there are all the things that go with it. She is the one going out there on the forefront, and so I'm not leading this charge, I'm following.Â, I think it's important that young people lead these charges. This present culture is a lot more complex than things were when I was younger. It can be depleting, humiliating, every single day. I’m a simple humanist. Holed up in the English countryside, the producer, musician and visual artist has been busy reinventing Zoom and falling in love with music again. They’ve never been like this in most peoples’ lifetimes. Patti Smith is a highly influential figure in the New York City punk rock scene, starting with her 1975 album 'Horses.' Beautifully shot filled with poetry, ideas, music and life. Patti Smith's Art Installation dedicates a poem to activist and environmentalist Greta Thunberg. About 20 years ago, I think, a group of us were working with the Dalai Lama. It's just gonna happen because even if it takes a while, in 2020, there's going to be another election. But my philosophy has been in the last several months just to do my work. But there’s another reason. “The saddest answer is we can’t do anything until more and more people are personally affected”. We have to choose, if you're going to be an activist or if you're going to be active or aware; choose the thing that affects all mankind, not just the people of Tibet or any particular region. It's going to seep into the Earth. Randy Rainbow, Wynton Marsalis and Elvis Costello support a storied jazz club. Photo via Vittorio Zunino Celotto/ Getty Images. I do have to say that it drags just a little bit on the second half and that Patti can also sound a tad pretentious, but what really shines is her humanity and her internal world of … Just about the best way I can answer is somehow in the midst of everything, stay healthy, stay strong, and don't let anybody beat you down.Â, There is power in truth and numbers and ultimately, there's a lot more of us who either already realize or are beginning to realize or are just on the verge of it that this just isn't a problem that we can ignore.Â. So I just try and do as much good work as I possibly can from the smallest gesture on, and that’s why I am supporting my daughter’s work. It's going to be your backyard. Patti Smith brings art and activism to the Concert Hall in an inspiring, interactive evening of music, poetry, and solar-powered “sunlight graffiti” created by you—the audience. 15 culture picks: Birdland benefit with Leslie Odom Jr., the Broad on Basquiat. County officials say they have most of the resources — large vaccine centers and personnel to run them — but lack the doses they need. You go to Greenland and the icebergs are melting. The Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei will open this year’s event with a keynote conversation, while the musician, poet and memoirist Patti Smith will provide the keynote performance. Patti Smith is speaking from a pasture in Brittany, France, she explains by way of apology at the beginning of a recent phone conversation. Yeah, I was speaking against radio censorship and I was concerned about the war in Vietnam at the time and, of course, Civil Rights, but the amount of activism that she's engaged in far surpasses anything I ever did as a young person. We can do that. But we are the people, and the people in the end rule. Besides the obvious connection of your daughter’s involvement, why Pathway to Paris now? Update: Following advice from the Metropolitan Police and the evolution of Covid-19 restrictions in London, the Circa New Year’s Eve virtual presentation by Anne Imhof and Patti Smith will no longer be screened in Piccadilly Circus. So I guess the simplest—or the saddest—answer is we can't do anything until more and more people are personally affected. I was just in Cambridge, England, where their beautiful green fields in front of Cambridge University are just completely burnt out. There's nothing in one's recent history to prepare oneself for these changes. He’s a postman no more: Nathan Evans, whose “Wellerman” rendition birthed the sea-shanty TikTok sensation, says he’s been signed by Polydor Records. Larry King, legendary talk-show host, dies at 87, Arellano: A teen center turns into a food pantry to survive COVID-19. In the end, no matter how bad things get I always believe that good will prevail. This environmental crisis essentially is a human rights issue, and it's just going to affect everybody, but it's going to affect everybody in the world incredibly unequally. Well, I think, like anyone else, it can be debilitating. It's really easy if you live in a first world country and you're semi-protected by the infrastructure to think, Oh I'll just have to use my air conditioner an extra couple months of the year, or, That's why flood insurance exists, and not actually change your behaviors and your habits. Photograph: Jim Dyson/Getty Images. She released her debut album ‘Horses’ in 1975. Patti Smith tribute doll, Happy Birthday again 落 . You know, it's not like doomsday things, these are things that are happening around us. How we abuse our planet and abuse Mother Nature, and how she erupts because of it, is on us all. They're already so bad everywhere you look. So I try not to do that, and I try to just be as good of a human being as I can be, that's productive, and stay healthy. We were sitting around, and Adam Yauch, who was in the Beastie Boys, asked His Holiness, "What is the number one thing that young people can do for Tibet?" I travel all over the world, and I’m seeing the effects of climate change. In terms of activism, the most beneficial to all mankind is the one that benefits and will protect and help all of mankind, and that's environmental awareness and what we can do to move from antiquated energy sources and going off of fossil fuel and developing renewable energy and transforming our cities. They're learning, and they're also responding to this crisis, but also supporting the youthful initiative.Â, Something that stood out to me about Pathway to Paris is how it's really youth-led, which is really inspiring and also emblematic of the activism that I see in people who are in their 20s or in their 30s right now. Patti Smith is the embodiment of what a true artist is. Where: Theatre at Ace Hotel, 929 S Broadway. I've met Joan Baez, and she's a wonderful person and I'm a big fan of hers. “Saturday Night Live” returns with new episodes at the end of January with John Krasinski, Dan Levy and Regina King announced as hosts. It's not like, "Oh, it's warmer than usual," it's, like, so hot that you don't have the facilities to cool anything down. It's to do something high-profile and to really have good people gather together to raise some awareness about the situation.Â, This is something done by two young girls, and that is the other thing I find so extraordinary. I’d imagine you get approached all the time about participating in noble causes. I don’t know all the political implications. It didn’t take much convincing to get Patti Smith to sign on as the headliner for the Pathway to Paris concert in San Francisco, set for Friday, Sept. 14, at … Every single day, it's a challenge not to get swept up in the worst of his behavior. Music stars bring songs of hope to Biden inauguration, but COVID and Trump cast long shadows. Fifty years ago, Joan Baez was walking with Martin Luther King. These are all places that I go to, that I’m seeing such heartbreaking shifts. I think that we all just have to find each other, step through the mire, find each other, support each other and do good work. Smith feels this last thing deeply as her daughter, Jesse Paris Smith, is one of the co-founders, along with Rebecca Foon, of Pathway to Paris. You don't create out of pessimism, you don't create out of negativity. Sabrina Carpenter dropped a new song, and fans think it’s about Olivia Rodrigo, “I’m happy and you hate it,” Sabrina Carpenter sings in her new track, “Skin,” which seems to be a response to Olivia Rodrigo’s hit single “Drivers License.”, John Krasinski, Dan Levy, Regina King will host ‘SNL’ as new episodes return. It felt like August—in Miami. If it was he probably has the best insurance. Email: randall.roberts@latimes.com. Country star Dolly Parton says her brother and singing partner Randy Parton has died of cancer. You go beyond America... as a traveler, everywhere I go people talk about this. #pattismith #tributedoll #icon #musiclegend #inspiringwomen #activism #pattiforever #horses #handmadeart … It's, like, time for the visionaries to roll up your sleeves and get ready for 2020. We're all making little patches for the great activist carpet, we just have to get our little patches stitched together. To hear her really that worried about our future environmentally — we were confiding in each other, really, that we both are concerned with our grandchildren. Jesse’s more articulate about these things. Patti Smith is an activist partaking in debates and conflicts around the world. Joan Baez has been working on behalf of the people, the environment, against war, against racism, in support of immigration. Singer Patti Smith on Bush, Peace and Activism by Joshua Rotter on August 9, 2004 Iconic punk poet Patti Smith, who found fame 30 years ago mixing poetry, rock and free jazz, now said she now prefers her rock straight up with a politico twist. There's truly nothing more we would have wanted for our 18th birthday. PATTI SMITH & MICHAEL STIPE PERFORM AT DEMOCRACY NOW! A network that has a plan and comprehends their potential power. 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