The Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame legendary singer-songwriter Patti Smith has joined the bill for End of the Road Festival (31st Aug – 2nd Sept), thus completing the lineup for 2012.
“We have been huge fans of Patti Smith’s work for many years and to have her finally play our festival is frankly surreal and a real honour,” said the festival’s directors. “There are few musicians whose names alone can evoke such a vast array of images, sounds and stories as Patti Smith’s”.
This year’s lineup is led by Grizzly Bear, Grandaddy, Midlake, Beach House, Tindersticks and Dirty Three, plus Mark Lanegan Band, Van Dyke Parks, The Low Anthem and Graham Coxon. Comedy includes Joe Lycett, Doc Brown, Liam Mullone and Robin Ince.
Patti Smith released her ‘Banga’ in June this year which was met by wide critical acclaim.
Inspired by Smith’s unique dreams and observations, Banga’s poetic lyrics are a reflection of our complex world – a world that is rife with chaos and beauty. Praised for her storytelling abilities, Smith has crafted an album that captures a wide range of human experience.
There is an exploratory spirit in the songs that make up Banga, including a melodic overture imagining the voyage of Amerigo Vespucci to the New World in 1497 (Amerigo), a rock song for the people of Japan in the wake of last year’s earthquake (Fuji-san), a classic ballad in memory of Amy Winehouse (This Is The Girl), an improvised meditation on art and nature (Constantine’s Dream) as well as a birthday song written for her friend Johnny Depp (Nine).
From PR Newswire
Patti Smith – Performing April Fool on David Letterman
Patti Smith – Horses & Hey Joe (Old Grey Whistle Test 1976)
Covering Smells Like Teen Spirit
Patti Smith – Banga
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