DE L'AME POUR L'AME
"Program from one of Smith's earliest gigs, predating her first album by almost two years. This, the first of three perfor- mances in honor of the anniversary of Arthur Rimbaud's death (also known as "Rock-N-Rimbaud"), took place on the roof of Le Jardin, a gay disco, in the Hotel Diplomat on November 4th, 1973. Smith sung and recited her own works, as well as songs by Kurt Weil and Hank Ballard. She was backed by Bill Elliot on piano and future Patti Smith Group member Lenny Kaye (both listed in program) on guitar. This would be only the second time Smith and Kaye performed together (the first being when the two opened for a Gerald Malanga reading at the Poetry Project almost two years earlier) and the first time Smith headlined a show with Kaye at her side. The program also thanks both Robert Mapplethorpe (just a few months after his first solo exhibition) and Sam Wagstaff, certainly one of their earliest links in print. A landmark event, one which sowed the seeds of not only of Smith's band, but was also inspired by Smith's most important influence." (Text by Brian Cassidy).