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Patti Smith, Janelle Monáe, Better Oblivion Community Center Among Artists Donating to Nick Hornby & Dave Eggers Charity Auction

A fundraiser organized by award-winning authors Nick Hornby and Dave Eggers—which benefits international youth writing and activism centers— starts up tonight, April 22nd.


Nick Hornby

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Nick Hornby and Dave Eggers are pretty famous people, as you’re probably aware  Nick Hornby wrote Fever Pitch, which got loosely adapted into a film of the same name, as well as the film that gave Nicholas Hoult his start, About a Boy.


Dave Eggers

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Dave Eggers wrote A Hologram for a King, a small novel which became a finalist for the National Book Award and also got a film adaptation (which stared Tom Hanks!) They must be as persuasive as they are great at writing, because they got a few fairly amazing people on board.


Setlist for The Who

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As an aside, in case you’re not music savvy, a setlist is a list of what the musician is going to play for that night – literally their ‘set’. So if you have a musician’s setlist, then you have a piece of history that the musician depended on.

I hear you asking…”Why are you going on about setlists?”


Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, Janelle Monáe, R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe, and Patti Smith (Getty Images)

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The reason is simple – setlists from Patti Smith, The Who, Wilco, Sigur Ros, Steely Dan, Dixie Chicks, Nine Inch Nails, Mitski, Jim James, Rush, The Pretenders, Shakey Graves, Better Oblivion Community Center, Toro Y Moi and so so many more musicians are going on auction for Hornby’ and Eggers’ fundraiser!

As Paste Magazine writes, “Ever wished you could turn back the clock for a chance at one of R.E.M’s setlists, like the one from their first major tour in 1989, signed by all four original members? What about a Death Cab for Cutie setlist from their Transatlanticism 15th anniversary show in Chicago? Or maybe Janelle Monae’s 2019 Coachella setlist?”

It’s a tempting question. Plus, the money is going to a good place.


R.E.M., Patti Smith, Janelle Monae, Death Cab for Cutie, More to Auction Setlists for Youth Writing and Activism Centers

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Pitchfork quotes Nick Hornby, author of Fever Pitch, as saying…

“…this is a way to satisfy your music-geek side without aggravating your favorite musicians”

and Paste Magazine quotes Dave Eggers, author of Where the Wild Things are, as saying…

“We’re hoping to raise about $50,000….That will have a powerful impact on more than 150 student writers at the Ministry of Stories and writing centers worldwide.”


These pieces of music history is going to help writers and readers of all shapes and sizes. Want to buy anything? Check it out here!


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Rock Icon and Author Patti Smith’s Instagram Is the Cutest Thing You’ll See Today

Patti Smith is one of the greats. I still hold that if the Nobel committee wanted to give the prize for literature to a poetic songwriter, the award should have gone to Smith, instead of Dylan. I’m available for fights on this. (Please don’t actually fight me, Dylan is great, I just love Patti so much.) Her music is incredible, her books are some of the best I’ve ever read, (get on that Just Kids buzz, kids) and on top of all this, dear friends, her Instagram presence is pure as the driven snow. 


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Image Via maxgranieri.it


She only started the account in March of this year, and since then has gained a cool 94.2k followers. Many of her captions are formatted like poems, and she posts tributes to friends and artists on their birthdays, little glimpses into her daily life, happy selfies, a photographs of her daughter Jesse Paris Smith, a musician and passionate climate change activist, among many other things. Check out some of her lovliest posts below. 



So many followers! Thank you for making me feel so welcome.

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Patti Smith Brings Bruce Springsteen on Stage at Tribeca Film Festival Premiere of Horses

The atmosphere was electric last night in New York’s Beacon Theater, for the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of Steven Sebring’s documentary Horses: Patti Smith and the Band which was filmed at the Patti Smith Band’s final performance on their Horses fortieth anniversary tour in LA. 


The film, a behind the scenes look at the seventy-one year old poet, author and rock icon’s last tour, screened to rapturous applause and much audience participation and fans sang, danced and shouted words of encouragement at the screen. 


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Image Via Paste Magazine


When the film ended, the screen rose to reveal Smith and her band, consisting of Lenny Kaye, Tony Shanahan, Smith’s son Jackson Smith, and Jay Dee Daugherty, singing her classic hit Dancing Barefoot


Between songs, Smith saluted the Parkland five, saying “We have to be with them. Pray with them, march with them. Their cause is our cause. Their cause is our future,” and later welcomed none other than Bruce Springsteen to the stage for anthems Because the Night and People Have the Power. Her daughter Jesse Paris Smith joined the band on piano, while REM’s Michael Stipe appeared on stage, and proceeded to do a strange little dance for the remainder of the performance. 



In September of last year, Smith launched the Brooklyn Book Festival at St Anne’s Church, and her own newest publication Devotion with a signing at Barnes and Noble Union Square, as well as performing a memorial concert for her late husband Fred Sonic Smith in Central Park. 


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