patti smith is reunited with clothes that were stolen from her 36 years ago

It’s been a long time coming…

by Tish Weinstock
16 October 2015, 12:26am

36 years ago Patti Smith had a bag of clothing stolen from her. In fact the whole band's truck was stolen while they were playing a gig at Chicago's Aragon, with everything they owned inside it, including $40,000 worth of musical equipment. But the story doesn't stop there. This weekend, while discussing her new memoir M Train, at Dominican University, a woman named Doreen Bender stood up in the crowd, interrupted Patti's reading, and handed over a bag full of the singer's long lost clothing. Upon seeing the contents - a bandanna given to her by her late brother, the shirt she wore of the Rolling Stone cover, that Keith Richards T-shirt she always used to wear - Patti burst into tears, prompting the entire audience to follow suit. According to Chicago Tribune, a friend who worked for U-Haul at the time had given Doreen the items. "I just thought, 'Oh my god, these are her clothes and they still have sweat on them,'" she told the Tribune ,"The feeling of making your hero happy, it was a moment. It was the highlight of my life." Now, what about the rest of the stuff?


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