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The Poet Speaks performed by Patti Smith and Philip Glass

Supported by
Ewan and Christine Brown

Tuesday 13 August
  • Running time: 
    1 hour 30 minutes

Homage to Allen Ginsberg

Two of the pillars of contemporary music come together for an intimate evening of poetry, music and song in tribute to their friend, the great Beat Generation poet Allen Ginsberg.

Punk poet and provocateur Patti Smith performs both her own and Ginsberg's poetry, with accompaniment and solo pieces for piano from founding father of minimalism Philip Glass.

Renowned as one of the originators of the Beat movement, Ginsberg tirelessly championed the work of his friends Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs. His raw, visceral poems, including Howl, Kaddish and Wichita Vortex Sutra, range from forceful fury to profound spirituality.

As a backdrop to the evening's event, Smith and Glass have curated a collage of images, paintings and photographs, projected live on stage, that reveals the richness of Ginsberg's achievements.

The Edinburgh Playhouse

18-22 Greenside Place

Supported by
Ewan and Christine Brown



Performed by Patti Smith and Philip Glass

Homage to Allen Ginsberg

Photo: Stephanie Bergere

This event was part of a previous Festival and is therefore unavailable to book.

The Festival 2014 programme is now live. Visit the events block to find out more. Public bookings will open on Saturday 29 March.