- 22 Jan 21
The godmother of punk rock shared a 30-minute presentation, which you can watch below.
As part of her collaborative residency with Circa, Patti Smith has shared a performance of her classic 'People Have The Power'.
Smith performed the song while a montage played of people who Smith says have “used their voice to create a better future”, including environmental activist Greta Thunberg, the late Shirley Chisholm, and Vice President Kamala Harris.
The song was written by Smith's late husband Fred Sonic Smith. "It’s a beautiful night, we have a new President and Vice President and our democracy seems to be quite intact and just wish everyone a better year,” Smith said before the performance.
“2020 has been a Blakean year but I think the glad day is coming," she continued. "This performance goes to everyone, it’s for everyone all over the world. Fred wrote it so that it might be embraced and it might inspire people globally, and it has. His wishes came true and may the wishes ring out in the New Year.”
The stream also contains poetry performances and a reading from Smith's memoir Just Kids.
Toward the end of 2020, Smith opened up about how she felt during Donald Trump's presidency, reflecting that it had been "a terrible atmosphere to live in".
Watch the full 30-minute stream below.