Lenny Kaye, Silent Partner to Patti Smith, Suzanna Vega and Corin Tucker

Patti Smith posed with Lenny Kaye from the Patti Smith Group at CBGB's club in New York City on April 04 1975. Photo: Richard E. Aaron/Redferns

Douglas Wolk explores the people, places and coincidences that tie disparate musicians together.

Patti Smith is the name on the cover of the records (including Banga, which came out last month), and she’s the remarkable mind behind the words. Banga’s first single, “April Fool,” is below; bassist Tony Shanahan co-wrote it with her, and the big-name guitarist making a guest appearance on it is Television’s Tom Verlaine. But one of the nearly constant presences in her music, for close to forty years, has been one of rock’s quiet geniuses, Lenny Kaye.

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