Patti Smith's debut album was a seminal contribution to the punk rock timeline upon its release in 1975. "Jesus died for somebody's sins, but not mine" remains the definitive startling opening line to Smith's mining rock history with Van Morrison's "Gloria" and Wilson Pickett's "Land of 1,000 Dances" in an attempt to bring it all back home, '70s rock-poet style. Her starfucker dreams, direct descendants of Andy Warhol's worship of fame and an antecedent for Sonic Youth's icon-alignment pact, add dimension to what quickly becomes a hat trick with no rabbits. This 30th Anniversary Edition skimps on extras. "My Generation," the live B-side to "Gloria" with John Cale on bass, is the only 1975-related outtake. The second disc is a 2005 live re-creation of the album, with original guitarist Lenny Kaye and drummer Jay Dee Daugherty being joined by Tony Shanahan, Tom Verlaine and Flea for a competent, if relatively unexciting, run through the original.
We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.
Email us at email@example.com.
Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.
Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.
Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.
Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.