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  • By mark fogarty
    Dec 31, 1969
    "EXCERPT TWO: BECAUSE THE NIGHT" How many times have I heard Patti Smith play “Because the Night?” Did she play it the time I saw her at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, NJ, porn palace by day, rock hall by night? Did she play it in Central Park in a miserable drizzle the summer of 1980, just before retiring with Sonic Smith to Detroit for 15 years of married life? Did she play it at the Beacon Theater at the show she opened for Bob Dylan, when they sang together? Did she play it at her joyous Central Park return in 1996, the time I heard her sing “When Doves Cry” and “Wild Leaves?” Did she play it at the Hoboken street fair I saw her at, while she was recording next door in Weehawken? I can’t answer for each show, but I’ve heard her play this song many times, and I bet that most people who have heard it live have it filed away in the memory banks for a happy retrieval in old age when thinking about the wild joy that’s possible in this life, even if only for three minutes at... More > a time.< Less
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First Edition
August 14, 2008
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
1.19 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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