Lenny Kaye

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Lenny Kaye

Lenny Kaye (born December 27, 1946 in New Brunswick , New Jersey , USA) was the guitarist and composer of the Patti Smith Group from 1975 until its dissolution in 1979 .

In February 1971 he accompanied Patti Smith at one of her readings on the guitar. Later they were amplified by Richard Sohl ( piano ) and Ivan Král ( guitar ) and played regularly in and around New York . In 1972 he was the editor of the record compilation Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era, 1965–1968 one of the first authors to use the word punk rock and is considered one of the founders of modern ( punk ) rock . The author Steven Lee Beeber, chronicler of the Jewish roots of New York punk rock, describes Kaye in his anthology The Heebie-Jeebies at CBGB 's as the "Creator of the Ten Commandments of Punk".

In the 1980s he had his own band, the Lenny Kaye Connection. He produced, among other things, the first two albums by Suzanne Vega , as well as the sampler Rubaiyát .

He is co-author of Waylon Jennings' autobiography .


  • Steven Lee Beeber: The Ten Nuggets - Lenny Kaye and the Compilation of the Ten Punk Commandments . Chapter in: The Heebie-Jeebies at CBGB's - A Secret History of Jewish Punk (English), pp. 63–76. Chicago Review Press, Chicago 2006. ISBN 978-1-55652-761-6

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Individual evidence

  1. ^ "In Nuggets, Kaye in effect created the Ten Punk Commandments, a template for the genre [...]". Steven Lee Beeber, in: The Heebie-Jeebies at CBGB's, p. 69