Lenny Kaye’s Insider Take on the Music That Rocked the 20th Century
Live from the 2022 Miami Book Fair
The Miami Book Fair began as a two-day event in November 1984, when a small group of determined individuals—including educators from Miami Dade College, independent booksellers, and librarians—founded Miami Book Fair International. In the nearly 40 years since, Miami Book Fair has grown into one of the most significant cultural events in the region, the most comprehensively programmed book fair in the nation, and an internationally recognized model of excellence.
In Lightning Striking: Ten Transformative Moments in Rock and Roll, Lenny Kaye, a founding member of Patti Smith and Her Band, offers an insider’s take on the evolution and enduring legacy of the music that rocked the 20th century. His 10 crossroads of time and place—from Elvis Presley’s Memphis to Kurt Cobain’s Seattle—define the music and reveal the communal energy that creates a scene. Moderating is author and journalist Rachel Felder.
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Lenny Kaye is an American guitarist, composer, record producer, and writer, and is a founding member of Patti Smith and Her Band. In 2011, he was awarded the honor of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by le Ministre de la Culture et de la Communication of France. He was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame in 2021.