The Inspiration: Wearing the hats of critic, musician, compiler, and producer over the course of his long career, Lenny Kaye is an undervalued contributor to the genesis of punk rock. As guitarist of the Patti Smith Group, Kaye's primitivist noise and capacity for loosely structured improvisation made him the perfect accompanist for punk pioneer Smith's earthy free-verse poetry.
With his work assembling and annotating Nuggets, the seminal double-LP compilation of '60s garage rock and psychedelia, Kaye also united and codified a musical movement that had mostly slipped under the radar through the passage underground, and exerted a powerful influence on punk and its back-to-basics, D.I.Y. spirit.
Lenny was a trailblazer in this trip through life. His vision for the genre was absolutely riveting to say the least..
The Scene: You will be embracing Lenny's vision for psychedelia with these goggles. We can only warn you that they hype factor with these large frame visors is simply off the richter scale.
People will be watching you, and wondering who exactly you are. Or more importantly who exactly do you think you are for having so much self confidence in your style?
You will ignite envy in those who will just be too insecure to wear this themselves. This path can only be tread by those who can properly manifest the passion Lenny had, in carving out an era for all of us.