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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Patti Smith Rings in the New Year with 'iTunes Originals,' Documentary Film & Sold-Out New Year's Eve Run at Bowery Ballroom

Patti Smith Rings in the New Year with 'iTunes Originals,' Documentary Film & Sold-Out New Year's Eve Run at Bowery Ballroom

New Patti Smith Recordings Premiering Exclusively On iTunes Tuesday, January 8, 2008

World Premiere of 'Patti Smith: Dream of Life,' Directed by Steven Sebring, Selected For Sundance Film Festival 2008, Sunday, January 20, 2008

NEW YORK, Dec. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Patti Smith, a 2007 inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, will usher in 2008 with the release of a new set of recordings, "iTunes Originals," debuting on iTunes on Tuesday, January 8; the world premiere at Sundance of "Patti Smith: Dream of Life," a highly- anticipated documentary film directed by Steven Sebring; and a New Year's Eve run of sold-out performances at New York's Bowery Ballroom on December 29, December 30 (the artist's birthday) and December 31.

Patti Smith's "iTunes Originals," a full-length set of new performances, classic tracks and revelatory interviews debuts exclusively on iTunes on Tuesday, January 8. Structured around new interviews and performances recorded at New York's Electric Lady Studios in the spring of 2007, the 90 minute "iTunes Originals" premieres new studio recordings of Smith's "pissing in the river," "ghost dance," and "peaceable kingdom" as well as exclusive new versions of the Allman Brothers' "Midnight Rider," the Doors' "Soul Kitchen," and Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit," featuring guest artist Steve Earle.

The "iTunes Originals" collection also includes the original 1978 studio recording of "because the night"; the 1996 digital remaster of "frederick"; Patti's meditation on Kurt Cobain "about a boy"; "beneath the southern cross" featuring the late Jeff Buckley and John Cale; "one voice" (from 2000's gung ho); "my blakean year" (from her Columbia Records debut album, 2004's trampin'); and a mind-bending performance of her signature opus "gloria: in excelsis deo," recorded live at the Royal Festival Hall in London on June 25, 2005 in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the release of horses, Patti Smith's debut album.

An official selection for the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, "Patti Smith: Dream of Life," a documentary film by Steve Sebring, will have its world premiere at Sundance on Sunday, January 20, 2008. Patti Smith and her band -- Lenny Kaye (guitar), Jay Dee Daugherty (drums), Tony Shanahan (bass, keyboards), and Jackson Smith (guitar) -- will perform two shows during the festival. Please see & for more information.

Patti Smith and her band will close out the year with four live performances including her annual New Year's Eve run at the Bowery Ballroom:

December 28 Washington, D.C. 9:30 Club
December 29 New York City Bowery Ballroom
December 30 New York City Bowery Ballroom
December 31 New York City Bowery Ballroom

All Bowery Ballroom shows feature special guest Alejandro Escovedo

SIRIUS Satellite Radio Disorder 70 will broadcast Patti Smith and her band, live, for the 4th year in a row on New Years' Eve, with an immediate instant replay, anchored by Meg Griffin. The show will be heard live from the Bowery Ballroom in NYC and will begin at approximately 10 pm ET. As soon as the show concludes shortly after midnight ET, an immediate instant replay will be heard on SIRIUS Disorder 70. For more information, please visit

"Poems and Songs for the Young at Heart":

Patti Smith and friends will perform works of Hans Christian Andersen, William Blake, Lewis Carroll, A. A. Milne, Rudyard Kipling, and Robert Louis Stevenson at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York on January 18, 2008.

Patti Smith will perform in the Allen Room in Lincoln Center on Saturday, March 1, 2008 as part of Lincoln Center's American Songbook series.

Source: Columbia Records

CONTACT: Benny Tarantini of Columbia Records, +1-212-833-5858,

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