Patti Smith and Kevin Shields Present the Coral Sea

Patti Smith and Kevin Shields Present the Coral Sea
Following the recent burst of My Bloody Valentine activity, front-man Kevin Shields will be releasing a live recording of his performance with punk grandmother Patti Smith. On July 11, the pair’s project, dubbed the Coral Sea, will get some double-live-disc action via Smith and Shields’s new imprint, PASK.

With Shields supplying the "guitars and effects” and Smith some spoken-word prose, the release will document two nights — June 22, 2005, and September 12, 2006 — when the duo took the stage at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall. Their collaboration stems from Smith’s 1996 book also titled The Coral Sea, which, like the performances, serves as a tribute to her late friend and photographer Robert Mapplethorpe (who snapped Smith’s iconic Horses cover shot).

According to the press release, here’s what you can expect: "A kind of screaming requiem, the Coral Sea describes Mapplethorpe's terminal illness. Intense, layered electronics surged to a discordant climax as Patti Smith read her poem, the words sailing over the noise like an ocean liner, with the black-and-white video showing the ocean, the liner and the grey twilight of grief. The poem tells the story of M (Mapplethorpe) on a final voyage to see the stars of the Southern Cross before he dies.”

Smith and Shields have not given any word on whether they are planning any future Coral Sea performances or collaborations.