Lenny Kaye

United States, 1946

Lenny Kaye is a guitarist, composer and writer. As a young musician, he toured and played with various bands and worked as a journalist for American music publications. He met Patti Smith in the record store in New York where he worked; they started playing now half a century ago, in 1971, and their artistic efforts would bear fruit as one of rock’s most long-lived and influential bands: The Patti Smith Group. Kaye was involved in making eleven albums with The Patti Smith Group, from the iconic Horses in 1975 to Banga in 2012. In addition, he collaborated with many other prominent artists such as Suzanne Vega, R.E.M., Allen Ginsberg and Pussy Riot. He is the author of Lightning Striking, on the history of rock and roll, which will be published at the beginning of 2022. Kaye participated in the Nexus Symposium 2018, ‘An Education in Counterculture’.