Patti Smith quotes The Who at R&R Hall performance

Bruce bkawak at
Sun Mar 18 19:36:19 CDT 2007

> So I'm watching part of the 2007 R&R Hall of Fame induction ceremony on 
> VH-1, and catch the last half of Patti Smith's performance of what seemed 
> to be a new song of hers called, I think, "Rock and Roll Nigger."  I'm not 
> kidding, folks.  From what I could gather, it is a MAJOR 
> anti-establishment, coutner-culture song meant to shock the audience. 
> VH-1 actually bleeped the word nigger (and all the other profanity, of 
> which there was plenty), which was used maybe 25 times in the song.  By 
> the way, the song f-ing ROCKED!!!  I'll bet it's on YouTube, so check it 
> out.

The song is on the Patti Smith Group album Easter released in 1977.   The 
song was used in the movie Natural Born Killers.

> Anyway, at a certain point in the song, I'm pretty sure Patti sang, "I 
> sing my song to the wide open spaces, I sing my song out to the infinite 
> sea..."  If anyone saw it, please correct me if I'm wrong.  Guess she's a 
> Who/Pete Twonshend fan.
> Mc

Yes, Patti and the band are well known Who fans.  They covered My Generation 
(live) on the band's first major label single.


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