Patti Smith reads from her new book, “The M Train,” at Dominican University, October 11, 2015
Patti Smith read a passage from her book about the objects in our lives, how transient they are and the ways in which we hold onto things that are meaningless. What a mystery how fleeting the things that are most precious are… During the Q&A, a woman in the audience returned a most precious set of items that had been stolen from Smith and the band in Chicago in 1976. Among them, the t-shirt she was wearing when she met ?Bob Dylan, the first shirt ever given to her by her beloved Fred Sonic Smith, the shirt she wore for the “Horses” photo shoot for Rolling Stone by Annie Leibovitz and a scarf from her dearly departed brother. She was so moved by this gesture as were the 1,000 fortunate fans in the auditorium. When someone in the audience asked how this woman obtained these items, Patti told him,”We don’t need to know.” The woman was later reported to be Noreen Bender.
—Ruth Leitman, filmmaker (Film 50)
Best of Chicago 2015