Patti Smith and Lenny Kaye – Boots of Spanish Leather – The Best Dylan Covers

Photo: BornToListen.com, Patti Smith and Lenny Kaye at Bergenfest 2015

 

Boots of Spanish Leather is a ballad written and performed by Bob Dylan, and released in 1964 on his album The Times They Are a-Changin’

Dylan’s recording features him solo on the acoustic guitar, playing the song using fingerpicking.

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Patti Smith sings 7 Bob Dylan songs – Happy birthday Patti Smith

I was influenced by Bob Dylan in so many ways as a young person
–> Patti Smith (2015)

Patricia Lee Smith (born December 30, 1946) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, author, and poet who became an influential component of the New York City punk rock movement with her 1975 debut album Horses.

Like a Rolling Stone

Montreux 2005

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December 30: The Great Patti Smith was born in 1946

“To be an artist — actually, to be a human being in these times — it’s all difficult. … What matters is to know what you want and pursue it. … [Life] is like a roller coaster. It’s never going to be perfect — it is going to have perfect moments, and then rough spots, but it’s all worth it.”

“I don’t fuck much with the past but I fuck plenty with the future.”

“A writer, or any artist, can’t expect to be embraced by the people [but] you just keep doing your work — because you have to, because it’s your calling.”
~Patti Smith

Punk rock’s poet laureate Patti Smith ranks among the most influential female rock & rollers of all time. Ambitious, unconventional, and challenging, Smith’s music was hailed as the most exciting fusion of rock and poetry since Bob Dylan’s heyday.
~Steve Huey (allmusic.com)

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Patti Smith – Changing Of The Guards – The Best Dylan Covers

Photo: BornToListen, Bergenfest 2015

 

I stumbled to my feet
I rode past destruction in the ditches
With the stitches still mending beneath a heart-shaped tattoo
Renegade priests and treacherous young witches
Were handing out the flowers that I’d given to you.

 

Patti Smith – Changing Of The Guards – The Best Dylan Covers

“…I had finished Gone Again in memory of Fred [‘Sonic’ Smith, her late husband], and I really didn’t think about touring at all, since my children were in school, but I heard from Dylan in 1995, and he asked whether I wanted to do a series of East coast dates with him.

Bob and I spoke privately and I thanked him for giving me the opportunity, and he really encouraged me to come back into the fold. He said the people would be happy to see me. I truthfully wasn’t certain how I would be received, or what I should do, and being encouraged by him was very important to me. I mean, Bob – the man I know – is a man of few words, but the words are always meaningful. And so that was very important. He was very encouraging to me about my place in the community of rock’n’roll.”
– Patti Smith (Kirk Elder, interview 2009, AlternativesToValium)

Changing of the Guards is a song written by Bob Dylan, released in 1978 as a single and as the first track on his album Street-Legal.

Lyrically, this song has provoked much critical insight, both positive and negative. According to Oliver Trager author of Keys to the Rain: The Definitive Bob Dylan Encyclopedia, “Changing of the Guards” has been criticized as a “song in which Dylan unsuccessfully and cynically parodies his anthemic self in haunting fashion…

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October 3: Patti Smith in Stockholm Sweden 1976 – Classic concert

patti smith sweden 1976

Rising from the New York punk movement of the 70’s, Patti Smith is an influential singer and musician known for combining spoken word poetry with primal garage rock. By 1976, she had released her debut Horses and the more raw-sounding Radio Ethiopia.

Her October 3rd, 1976 concert at The Konserthuset in Stockholm, Sweden was filmed and recorded for broadcast, documenting this early stage in her career. Prior to the internet, the audio portion had been circulated among fans with the bootleg title, ‘I Never Talked To Bob Dylan,’ a slight reference to the short interview that accompanied the performance.

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8 good Neil Young covers done by some incredible women

We like cover versions here at Borntolisten.com, and here are some really great examples. They are not better than the originals, but they are different and they are good.

Rachael Sage & Judy Collins perform Neil Young’s Helpless. As appearing on Rachael Sage’s album Blue Roses and Judy Collins’ collection The Very Best of Judy Collins . Filmed at Steinway Hall in New York City:

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