October 17, 2008
Written and directed by Steven Sebring. With Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye, Oliver Ray, Tony Shanahan, Jay Dee Daughterty, Jackson Smith, Jesse Smith and Tom Verlaine. Distributed by Palm Pictures. 1 hour, 49 mins. No MPAA rating . Playing at: Ritz at the Bourse. "Life is an adventure," punk poet Patti Smith opines at the start of Patti Smith: Dream of Life, director Steven Sebring's 11-years-in-the-making unconventional music documentary. "A series of lucky and unlucky accidents.
December 27, 2001 |
Like Bob Dylan, Patti Smith gets better with age, and her music and words (particularly those in a recent Interview magazine) resonate heavier than ever since Sept. 11. She plays Philadelphia tonight (8 at the Keswick Theater, Easton Street and Keswick Avenue, Glenside, 215-572-7650, $25 and $29.50). Expect a double-CD greatest hits package in the spring. Power trios Burning Brides and Lefty's Deceiver play the City Paper Music Awards Showcase with Wooly Mammoth (10 p.m. tomorrow at the Khyber, 56 S. 2nd St., 215-238-5888, $7)
July 6, 1988 |
It has been nearly 10 years since Patti Smith abandoned the rock-music scene to raise a family in Michigan with husband Fred Smith. So it seems only appropriate in this year of the punk renaissance that the singer re-emerge with a new album. And that's just what Smith will do July 12 with her new Arista Records album, "Dream of Life. " The single "People Have the Power" has been enthusiastically received by album-rock radio stations, and fans and critics alike are anticipating the album's release.
July 24, 1988 |
Dream of Life (Arista ) is Patti Smith's first statement of the '80s. Those expecting major epiphanies (or rewrites of rock history) won't be thrilled. Those expecting a renewed dose of Smith's snarly attitude, developed in the Philadelphia area, will be pleasantly surprised - it's still there, tempered more than ever by her singer/songwriterly literary perspective. Smith, who collaborated with her guitarist husband, Fred "Sonic" Smith (formerly of MC5), on the Dream of Life compositions, is as opinionated as ever.
June 16, 1996 |
Patti Smith has earned the right to mourn. Considering what she's been through these last few years - the deaths of her husband and collaborator, Fred "Sonic" Smith; her brother Todd; and her artistic soul mate, Robert Mapple-thorpe - recording her first album in eight years seems a logical way for Smith to cope with tragedy. But even those expecting a torrent of unexpurgated torment may not be prepared for the groan that tears through the ballad "Wing," one of 10 original songs on her brilliant and tender Gone Again (Arista)
September 28, 2012 |
Noted musician, songwriter and poet Patti Smith will receive Bryn Mawr College's 2013 Katharine Hepburn Medal, the college announced. The South Jersey native will be awarded the medal on Feb. 7 at an event in Goodhart Hall. The musician "was a trailblazer in the male-dominated world of rock and roll, and conveys enormous passion and continues to transform herself throughout her artistic journey," the college said in a statement. Smith is also a writer and visual artist. Her debut album Horses was a major influence on the New York punk rock scene.
November 27, 1995 |
While Patti Smith was singing "Dancing Barefoot" at her second show at the Theater of Living Arts Friday, she took off her shoes, twirled one sock in the air, and sang a new line. "Oh God, I'm back again. " Is she ever. For the Pitman-bred Smith, this weekend's shows at the TLA - two on Friday, one on Saturday - were the first Philadelphia performances since she retreated from public life in 1979 to raise a family in Detroit with her husband, Fred "Sonic" Smith, who died in 1994.
September 30, 1997 |
With Peace and Noise, her second album of the '90s due in stores today, Patti Smith's Saturday night benefit performance at Camden's Walt Whitman Cultural Arts Center was fortuitously timed. It was an informal evening in which the punk-rock godmother and Woodbury native cracked jokes, recalled her first apartment in Pitman ("I had water beetles so big they scared the mice") and mixed selections from Peace (Arista 1/2) with older tunes and readings from her poetry collection Early Work.
December 18, 1995 |
Opening a three-night stand with Bob Dylan at the Electric Factory Friday, Patti Smith wandered on stage in a Unabomber-style hooded sweatshirt, lifted her long theatrical arms and sang a harrowing "Because the Night," a song she co-wrote with Bruce Springsteen that was her only top-20 hit. Before she finished this opening number, the 15 years she'd spent away from the rock-and-roll stage felt like 15 minutes. Here was a rock icon not apologizing for youthful insights or hurrying through the lyrics.
December 21, 2001 |
In a poem called "America! America! 9.11.01" published in Interview magazine, Patti Smith wrote about her reaction to the attacks on the World Trade Center, which struck just after she sent her daughter off to school from their home in lower Manhattan. "I'm afraid that art is useless," the poet and punk-era rock heroine, who will play the Keswick Theatre on Thursday, wrote in frustration. "When we were fighting the Vietnam War, I had the same kind of feeling, the same kind of helplessness," says the 55-year old singer and sometime visual artist, who is at work on a memoir about her friendship with late photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.