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Patti sings 'Because the night belongs to Annie'

The US singer, poet and artist Patti Smith performing at Hauser & Wirth Louisa Buck

The US singer, poet and artist Patti Smith, who makes many appearances in an exhibition of Annie Leibovitz’s early photographs at Hauser & Wirth’s Los Angeles outpost (until 14 April), was in fine voice last night at a private gig to salute her photographer friend. Accompanied by long-time collaborator Lenny Kaye on guitar and her daughter Jesse Paris Smith on piano, Patti belted out many of her classics, and declared Annie’s H&W show to be “like going through my own life and my own history”. She received an especially loud cheer from an enthusiastic crowd, which included the UK photographer and film-maker Sam Taylor-Johnson and her actor husband Aaron as well as Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA), Los Angeles director Klaus Biesenbach, when she tweaked her lyrics to declaim: “Because the Night belongs to … Annie!” Which last night, indeed it did.