Thursday, October 13, 2011

Patti Smith Comes to Flint

Beata Mostafavi of The Flint Journal reports:

“Godmother of Punk” Patti Smith hasn’t said which social or political issues she may address on Thursday at Mott Community College’s Ballenger Eminent Persons Lecture Series.

But attendees can count on one thing: Hearing “Because the Night,” the 1978 hit Smith co-wrote with Bruce Springsteen.

Four MCC students will help Smith perform the song and her daughter Jesse will accompany them during the free 7 p.m. presentation in the Ballenger Field House on MCC’s main campus.


  1. Patti showed the great Video - thanks...Orlin

  2. Gordie, I'm always getting the news from you about what's going on in Flint, and I live here. Sorry I missed this opportunity.


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