Guest DJ Patti Smith : All Songs Considered This edition of All Songs Considered welcomes Patti Smith to talk about some of the artists who have influenced her over the years, as well as songs that inspired her to leap up out of her seat.

Guest DJ Patti Smith

Guest DJ Patti Smith

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On this edition of All Songs Considered, poet and singer Patti Smith joins host Bob Boilen to talk about her musical passions, including doing fancy dance steps with her siblings in South Jersey. She talks about meeting Jimi Hendrix as a young journalist and later recording in his dream studio Electric Lady Studios, where she and her band made their latest album, Banga. Smith connects her South Jersey drawl with the sounds of Hank Williams, and plays the songs that make her want to leap out of her seat.

"It's my one regret in all of my work," Smith says. "I don't know if I was ever successful to give the people a song where they had to leap up," But Bob immediately proves her wrong with her 1976 rocker, "Ask the Angels."

As Bob and Patti Smith play songs from the album, she talks about what influenced Banga, why she loves singing and playing Neil Young's songs, and what inspired her to write songs as disparate as a prayer to the Japanese people and Amy Winehouse.

Listen to Smith tell stories about seeing a young Stevie Wonder join Smokey Robinson live on stage, and going to her very first rock concert: The Rolling Stones.

Guest DJ Patti Smith

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Today's the Day

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Maureen Gray

  • Song: Today's the Day
  • from Best of Philly Soul, Vol. 3

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Ask the Angels

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Patti Smith Group

  • Song: Ask the Angels
  • from Radio Ethiopia

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I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry

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Hank Williams

  • Song: I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
  • from 40 Greatest Hits

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Jesus' Chariot

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Neil Young & Crazy Horse

  • Song: Jesus' Chariot
  • from Americana

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Fuji-san

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Patti Smith

  • Song: Fuji-san
  • from Banga

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After the Gold Rush

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Patti Smith

  • Song: After the Gold Rush
  • from Banga

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This Is the Girl

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Patti Smith

  • Song: This Is the Girl
  • from Banga

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1983... (A Merman I Should Turn to Be)

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The Jimi Hendrix Experience

  • Song: 1983... (A Merman I Should Turn to Be)
  • from Electric Ladyland