Patti Smith

Patti Smith

Fire of Unknown Origin

The first time Patti Smith performed on a stage, she read the poem 'Fire of Unknown Origin' set to music by Lenny Kaye. Watch their live performance of the poem 41 years later at the Louisiana Literature festival in Denmark.

When Patti Smith and Lenny Kaye performed 'Fire of Unknown Origin' in St Mark’s Church on February 10 1971 it aroused as much outrage as enthusiasm, Patti Smith says, and compares the episode to what Pussy Riot have been going through in Russia.

Here Patti Smith and Lenny Kaye perform the number, which Smith calls “scary” because it’s so long since she has done it on stage.

Interview by: Christian Lund
Edited by: Honey Biba Beckerlee.
Produced by: Marc-Christoph Wagner
Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

Supported by Nordea-fonden.

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