Power to the People!
Patti Smith and Her Band
The poet laureate of punk rock celebrates the power of humanity at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
About this Performance
From the iconic opening lines of her debut album, 1975’s Horses, Patti Smith’s music has been driven by her belief in the power of rock ’n’ roll. She was involved in the earliest days of punk rock in New York City, but her music has always cast a wider aesthetic net, taking in elements of reggae and jazz alongside garage rock and free improvisation. While Rolling Stone would go on to rate Horses among the 50 greatest albums of all time, she’s also an accomplished author, with her memoir Just Kids winning the National Book Award for Nonfiction in 2010. Her new book Year of the Monkey, is a dream-filled travelogue of her 70th year.
Her work as a songwriter, poet, photographer, and visual artist is united by her relentlessly humanist perspective. She has an uncanny ability to find humanity among the devastation of war and torture, and her 1988 hit “People Have the Power,” a celebration of our collective ability to “redeem the work of fools” and pursue righteousness, has become an international protest anthem.
Power to the People is presented in collaboration with the California African American Museum. Additional partners include American Cinematheque, A Noise Within, and Power California.
This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
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Watch & Listen
Power to the People! festival
From subversive statements to songs of solidarity, music has always had a role to play in the movements that shift attitudes and shape nations. Join curators Gustavo Dudamel and Herbie Hancock in a celebration of the music that moves mountains. We invite you to join the conversation.