In 1975 Patti Smith gathered her band to record the now seminal and genre defining, Horses. Released on 10 November in the same year on Arista Records, the album was designed to be in the words of Smith herself, ‘three chord rock merged with the power of the word’ but was, and went on to become so much more. Horses is without doubt a hugely influential collection of songs that still resonate as we prepare to celebrate its 40th anniversary at Field Day in June.
The Chicago born performer, writer, poet, visual artist and singer was raised in South Jersey in the US before moving to Brooklyn in 1967 to become known as The Godmother of Punk. Not the usual story of a rise to fame, her story is detailed in the highly recommended memoir ‘Just Kids’ which describes her life, her influence and gives fascinating insight into the New York music and art scenes of the time. An utterly marvellous collection of characters and hugely talented individuals, the book brings together the stories of one of the most creative and legendary periods that has changed and moulded contemporary for art and music forever.
Her mix of performance and poetry, especially on the seminal album Horses remains as important today as it was when released in 1975 and to hear and see this album being performed in full is a huge thrill for us at Field Day HQ; a thrill that we insist that you make every effort to experience on June 7th in Victoria Park.Listen