What's in Patti Smith's bag?

Legendary poet and high priestess of punk Patti Smith posted photos and details of what she packed for a recent tour.

Smith is on tour right now, playing her iconic album Horses in its entirety (and then some), and I hope to catch one of her always-incendiary and inspiring performances.

I always travel light. Besides my dungarees and my trusty Ann Demeulemeester black jackets, everything can be washed in a sink in a hotel room and laid out on a windowsill to dry. For instance 7 tee shirts (including 4 electric lady teeshirts) and 7 pairs of bee socks.

The worse part, besides saying goodbye to my daughter Jesse, is picking out what books to take. I decide this will be essentially a Haruki Murakami tour. So I will take several of his books including the three volume IQ84 to reread. He is a good writer to reread as he sets your mind to daydreaming while you are reading him. thus i always miss stuff.

I inventory Moleskin notebooks. seven small tubes of Weleda salt toothpaste. witch hazel wipes. Loquat leaf tea bags for cough. essentials like that. I guess I am ready.


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  1. Patti Smith is a role model for kids and adults. Her memoir Just Kids is as wonderful as her method of packing a bag.

  2. What's the status on her use of the word "nigger" in her lyrics? Does she get a pass? I mean I like the song, but the word is what it is.

    Same with Yoko for that matter.

  3. MBrody says:

    As much as I hate that word, I think context is important here, as well as the fact that it's from the 1970s. Lots of white artists used that word in the past: Bob Dylan, Rickie Lee Jones, Elvis Costello. Times are different now though and I can't imagine any respectable white artist using that word.

  4. Context. Context. This was the '70s, when that word's controversy was at its height, and she was deliberately using it to shock and to redefine it as meaning 'outsider'.

    Patti Smith is a poet whose words use music, not just a rocker using random shocking words who needs a "pass".

  5. ChuckV says:

    This is a side issue which most likely didn't need to be broached in this particular thread, but I've just gotta say that if you're referring to Dylan's song "Hurricane" and Costello's drunken outburst, ummm, gee, do you really think they should be compared? The attitudes behind them seem rather dissimilar.

    No idea about RLJ and don't feel inclined to google.

    ETA: Oops, should have googled Costello instead. Completely forgot about "Oliver's Army." Never mind.

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