#50GreatestConcerts: Patti Smith Group and Television, 1975
Rock history wasÂ beingÂ made at CBGB, a club with no dressing roomsÂ and an incontinent dog in residence
Over aÂ two-month-long residency,Â the Patti Smith Group went fromÂ art project to formidable band ”“ andÂ lower Manhattan’s CBGB was wellÂ on the road to becoming one of theÂ most famous rock clubs in the world.Â Much of the material that ended up onÂ Smith’s debut, Horses, came to life atÂ CB’s, with Smith improvising poeticÂ chants as the band brutalized simpleÂ chord patterns. “CBGB was the idealÂ place to sound a clarion call,” SmithÂ wrote.
Television, meanwhile, had justÂ begun emphasizing the guitar-weavingÂ tapestries they would immortalize onÂ Marquee Moon. Rock history wasÂ beingÂ made at a club with no dressing roomsÂ and an incontinent dog in residence ”“Â and the musicians knew it. “I rememberÂ one night standing outside CBGB, inÂ the doorway of the derelict hotel nextÂ door, smoking a joint,” says Patti SmithÂ guitarist Lenny Kaye, “and realizingÂ that this was the kind of gathering ofÂ psychic energies I’d always dreamed ofÂ when, say, I would read about the SanÂ Francisco scene in 1966.”
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Hear the Patti Smith Group and Television perform at CBGB in 1975 below: