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Let England Shake – Prepping for Snape Maltings

CD Cover for PJ Harvey’s Let England Shake

The Guardian has posted the previously announced video piece of their writer Stuart Jeffries in conversation with filmmaker Grant Gee.  At 4:33 it’s a mere snippet and doesn’t provide much foreshadowing of Grant Gee’s new film Patience (After Sebald), which premieres in two days.

There’s better reading in The Guardian‘s interview with Patti Smith, who will play a concert this coming Saturday night

where she will improvise work based on WG Sebald’s poem After Nature. She has spent the morning reading him, and “listening to Polly Harvey’s new song – she has this new song, The Words That Maketh Murder – what a great song. It just makes me happy to exist. Whenever anyone does something of worth, including myself, it just makes me happy to be alive. So I listened to that song all morning, totally happy.”

Patti Smith. Photograph: Richard Pak for the Guardian

Even better, skip all the journalism and watch the music video of PJ Harvey singing the song mentioned by Patti Smith, The Words that Maketh Murder, from her recent CD Let England Shake.

7 Comments Post a comment
  1. JJ Keng #

    What about these Sebald books UNRECOUNTED, CAMPO SANTO, ON Natural HIstory of Destruction, Emergence of Memory and any biographies? Thanks!

    January 27, 2011
  2. Wow. PJ Harvey… brings me back to my high school days…

    January 27, 2011
  3. Were you there at Snape Maltings at the weekend?

    February 1, 2011
    • I was not able to go to Snape Maltings. I’m hoping people who attended might post some comments.


      February 1, 2011
  4. I’ll be posting some sort of report of the weekend as soon as possible. There was some odd moments, particularly the presence of Richard Maybe, who adopted the position of devil’s advocate and worked it to a fuming pitch of unrelieved negativity…

    February 2, 2011
  5. A preliminary report of the Patti Smith gig can be found at the link below. It’s a very accurate account of ‘what happened’, shall we say…!

    February 2, 2011
  6. I didn’t mean ‘preliminary report’ of course; it’s a report.

    February 2, 2011

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