The film is a domestic portrait of Patti and her son, Jackson. William Blake was invited in the form of a plaster cast of his death mask. Kurt Cobain, (conflicted, fierce, gentle, and another mother's son) was invited as an admirer of Leadbelly. Cats were invited as household saints. The film invokes New York and rural America. It is about picking up guitars and doing dirty dishes.
Smells Like Teen Spirits, cover of the song by the Nirvana, is featured on Patti Smith's album Twelve, released on April 2007 for Sony.
The video was "directed by New York City filmmaker — and longtime friend of Smith's — Jem Cohen