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The Artist in the World

The Artist in the World The Artist in the World Bonnie Marranca I n a moving retelling of her trip to Stockholm to perform at the 2016 Nobel Prize ceremony (The New Yorker, December 14), Patti Smith details preparations for her appearance on the morning of the event. Rehearsal with the orchestra. Tea and warm soup in her dressing room. She thought of her mother who first bought her a Bob Dylan album, when she was sixteen or so. Her favorite song was “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall.” She played it over and over then, and performed it in the years to come with her late husband. Now she was to sing the celebrated song at the Award presentation, before the King and Queen, many well-dressed guests, and Nobel laureates. But not Bob Dylan, winner of the literary prize this year. Smith thought of past honorees in Literature, in particular, Hermann Hesse, Thomas Mann, Albert Camus. What happened next, I imagine, is a fear of every performer. Smith was so overtaken by the emotions of the moment and personal memories drifting through the song, that she was stopped short by extreme nervousness, unable momentarily to continue. She apologized and started over. It was http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art MIT Press

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Publisher
MIT Press
Copyright
© 2017 Performing Arts Journal, Inc.
Subject
Editorial
ISSN
1520-281X
eISSN
1537-9477
DOI
10.1162/PAJJ_e_00358
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Abstract

The Artist in the World Bonnie Marranca I n a moving retelling of her trip to Stockholm to perform at the 2016 Nobel Prize ceremony (The New Yorker, December 14), Patti Smith details preparations for her appearance on the morning of the event. Rehearsal with the orchestra. Tea and warm soup in her dressing room. She thought of her mother who first bought her a Bob Dylan album, when she was sixteen or so. Her favorite song was “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall.” She played it over and over then, and performed it in the years to come with her late husband. Now she was to sing the celebrated song at the Award presentation, before the King and Queen, many well-dressed guests, and Nobel laureates. But not Bob Dylan, winner of the literary prize this year. Smith thought of past honorees in Literature, in particular, Hermann Hesse, Thomas Mann, Albert Camus. What happened next, I imagine, is a fear of every performer. Smith was so overtaken by the emotions of the moment and personal memories drifting through the song, that she was stopped short by extreme nervousness, unable momentarily to continue. She apologized and started over. It was

Journal

PAJ: A Journal of Performance and ArtMIT Press

Published: Jan 1, 2017

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