Some musicians are inherently students of their chosen profession, and certainly Patti Smith falls in that category. The 65-year-old punk rocker just released Banga, her first studio album in five years, and to celebrate NPR’s Bob Boilen invited her to guest DJ an episode of All Songs Considered.
She plays some choice artists from her own collection–Hank Williams, Neil Young, even Philly soul-stirrer Maureen Gray’s “Today’s The Day.” But the most illuminating moments come in the interview segments. Smith talks about her first ever concert–the Rolling Stones–and meeting Jimi Hendrix as a young journalist. She even laments that fact that she never felt like she wrote a “leap-up-out-of-your-seat” song–to which Boilen (like any good Patti Smith fan) politely disagreed and showed her the evidence. Take a listen over at NPR.