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Audio/Video: Patti Smith does Bob Dylan – ‘Changing of the Guards,’ ‘Boots of Spanish Leather’ + Smith/Dylan do ‘Dark Eyes’

Photo via Ken Regan’s website. Photo by Ken Regan.

Bob Dylan has long been one of Patti Smith idols. Today I thought I’d feature some of her covers of Bob Dylan songs, plus a duet she did with Dylan in 1995.

I’ve also included versions of the songs by Dylan>

Patti Smith, “Changing of the Guards,” 2007:

Bob Dylan, “Changing of the Guards,” live version 1978 (sound starts ten seconds in):

Bob Dylan, “Changing of the Guards,” off Street-Legal, 1978:

Changing of the Guards by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

Patti Smith, “Boots of Spanish Leather,” 2011:

Bob Dylan, “Boots of Spanish Leather,” 1964:

Boots of Spanish Leather by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

Patti Smith, “Drifter’s Escape,” 2012:

Bob Dylan, “Drifter’s Escape,” 1967:

Drifter's Escape by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

Patti Smith & Bob Dylan, “Dark Eyes,” Boston, Dec. 10, 1995:

1995-12-10-Boston-Dark Eyes by Bob Dylan & Patti Smith on Grooveshark

Patti Smith & Bob Dylan, “Dark Eyes,” New York, Dec. 11, 1995:

1995-12-11-New York City-Dark Eyes by Bob Dylan & Patti Smith on Grooveshark

Patti Smith & Bob Dylan, “Dark Eyes,” New York, Dec. 14, 1995:

Patti Smith & Bob Dylan, “Dark Eyes,” Philadelphia, Dec. 15, 1995

1995-12-15-Philadelphia-Dark Eyes by Bob Dylan & Patti Smith on Grooveshark

Patti Smith & Bob Dylan, “Dark Eyes,” Philadelphia, Dec. 17, 1995

1995-12-17-Philadelphia-Dark Eyes by Bob Dylan & Patti Smith on Grooveshark

Bob Dylan, “Dark Eyes,” Empire Burlesque, 1985:

Dark Eyes by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

[I just published my rock ‘n’ roll/ coming-of-age novel, “True Love Scars,” which features a narrator who is obsessed with Bob Dylan. To read the first chapter, head here.

Or watch an arty video with audio of me reading from the novel here.

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Audio: Patti Smith Talks About Singing With Bob Dylan – ‘like drinking the purest water’

Bob Dylan and Patti Smith at the Beacon Theater, 1995.

I’ve been going through old interviews recently, putting together a collection of my music journalism, and I came across an interview that Jaan Uhelszki and I did with Patti Smith.

In August of 1996, two months after the release of her first album in eight years, Patti Smith sat down for an interview with us for my online magazine, Addicted To Noise.

Patti had a history with both myself and Jaan. She’d known Jaan when Jaan worked at Creem, and I’d interviewed Patti in 1975, before the release of her debut album, Horses.

We had a long conversation with Patti. I’ve pulled out the part where she talks about Bob Dylan. She had gone out on the road with Dylan at the end of 1995. At one point during the interview she said that she felt Bob Dylan was a big reason for why she became an artist.

Patti Smith: I’ve always felt that if there wasn’t a Bob Dylan I don’t know if… I think you have to give back what you’re given. I’ve been inspired and influenced by a lot of great people and I think it’s important, if you have any gifts at all, you have–if you’re given a gift, you have to give of it. One can’t hoard it. I think that is one thing Fred [‘Sonic’ Smith] and I were really talking about after being pretty reclusive for so long, that we did have a certain responsibility and I often, I deeply encouraged Fred, who was one of the most gifted people I ever knew to share his gifts with others and it’s regrettable it didn’t happen.

Some people are very comfortable with their gifts, somebody like Robert Mapplethorpe was very comfortable with them and used them daily. Worked daily. Other people are plagued by their gifts and I feel myself I have a little more of a better balance of comfortable plagued-ness, I have a little bit of plagued, I often feel dogged yet most of the time I feel blessed.

Jaan Uhelszki: The Dylan tour. How did it come about and did you stay in touch with him after you first met him at the Bottom Line in the seventies?

Patti Smith: No I hadn’t talked to him in some time. Really as I gleaned from Bob himself, he really felt that it would be good for me to come back out. He thought that I should come back out, and he said really nice things from onstage. I think that he feels I was a strong influence on things, and he thinks I should be out here–out in the front. He was very encouraging to me. I wasn’t really ready to work then, I really didn’t have a band. We’d been recording but I wasn’t really prepared to do anything. But I was so happy that he asked, that we decided to do it and you know we were a little rusty and rag tag but the people seemed happy and he was happy. My main mission on that small tour–it was only ten dates–was to crack all the energy, to crack all the atmosphere and get the stage ready for him. So we had our time before him and that was my prime directive was to get the night as magic as possible, so when he hit the stage, ’cause he hits a lot of them, that maybe it would feel a little more special than normal. And I think we did a pretty good job and I know that he was happy.

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