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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.
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December 27, 2001 | By SARA SHERR For the Daily News
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)
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July 6, 1988 | By BRUCE BRITT, Los Angeles Daily News
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.
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July 24, 1988 | By Tom Moon, Inquirer Popular Music Critic
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.
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June 16, 1996 | By Tom Moon, INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
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)
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September 28, 2012 | By Mari A. Schaefer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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November 27, 1995 | By Dan DeLuca, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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September 30, 1997 | By Dan DeLuca, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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December 18, 1995 | By Tom Moon, INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
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.
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December 21, 2001 | By Dan DeLuca INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
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.
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April 8, 2015 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
Philip Glass has been such a constant compositional presence over the last 40 years that only with the arrival of his memoir, Words Without Music (W.W. Norton & Co. $29.95), do you realize how long overdue it is. The book chronicles his Baltimore upbringing, education in Paris, and travels in Europe and India. But it rightly touches on only the major works of his early and middle periods, gracefully leaving the reader to conclude how much the 78-year-old Glassv - who will appear at the Free Library on Tuesday evening - has changed the cutting-edge music world, how that world is run, how pieces are made and disseminated, and the value of his having saved serious music from the hegemony of modernism.
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June 14, 2014 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
Sharon Van Etten's surpassingly pretty songs are so all-in emotionally, so completely committed in their epic sweep, it can be tiring just to read their names: "Afraid of Nothing" . . . "I Love You But I'm Lost" . . . "Your Love Is Killing Me. " So imagine what it must be like for Van Etten, who plays Union Transfer on Wednesday with her band in support of her new album, Are We There , to sing them every night. "My songs are cathartic, and they can be exhausting, for sure," says the 30-year-old singer, talking on the phone from her apartment in Manhattan this week.
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May 27, 2013
Tricky False Idols (Life or Death ***) It's been tricky being Tricky. The British DJ/producer, born Adrian Thaws, made a grand entrance in 1995 with Maxinequaye , his Mercury Prize-winning debut album that mixed dub, hip-hop, and electronica into a dense sound that made other trip-hop acts of the day sound like child's play. His next few records were more than serviceable, but eventually the paranoia that always coursed through his music overwhelmed it, and after a while, Tricky was a forgotten man. He's back on form, however, on False Idols . In place of one-time vocal foil Martina Topley-Bird is lovely- voiced 24-year-old Brit Francesca Belmonte, and other tracks feature guest contributions from Peter Silberman of the Antlers and Nigerian songstress Nneka.
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November 24, 2012
Neil Young & Crazy Horse / Patti Smith Patti Smith is rarely an opening act. After all, she's one of rock-and-roll's greatest performers. Throughout her career, her shows have been affirming, liberating, and inspiring. Nearly 66, she's still a commanding punk-rock matriarch, an iconoclast who became an icon. On her sometimes-great new album Banga , she pays homage to novelist Mikel Bulgakov, singer Amy Winehouse, and explorer Amerigo Vespucci. And to Neil Young, whose "After the Gold Rush" she covers and whom she will precede at the Wells Fargo Center Thursday night.
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November 19, 2012 | By Monica Yant Kinney, Inquirer Columnist
When they catalog everything Hurricane Sandy washed away, Patti Smith may be the only victim to lose feather boas and fur microminis she never wore. So goes storm cleanup for the beloved seamstress and den mother to Atlantic City's legendary drag queens. South Jersey's second-most-famous Patti Smith does not sing. She sews gloriously over-the-top frocks for male divas - mivas? - voguing in competition and for charity. When Sandy approached, Smith, 49, evacuated her canal-side apartment in the city's Venice Park section.
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September 29, 2012 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
American poet and rocker and mommy and onetime South Street Philadelphia denizen Patti Smith will receive Bryn Mawr College's 2013 Katharine Hepburn Medal (Kate graduated from there in 1928) at a Feb. 7 ceremony. Smith "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 says in a statement. Smith will be in town a few weeks earlier for a Nov. 29 show co-headined by Neil Young & Crazy Horse . Divorce hardball Aren't divorce negotiations fun?
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September 28, 2012 | By Mari A. Schaefer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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July 30, 2012
Conan (11 p.m., TBS) - Actor Colin Farrell; Thenewno2 performs. Late Show With David Letterman (11:35 p.m., CBS3) - Jack Hanna; Patti Smith performs; Bootsy Collins performs with Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra. The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (12:35 a.m., CBS3) - Actress Emma Roberts; comic Paula Poundstone.
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November 17, 2011 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
Nearly 50 years into his career, Todd Rundgren has been called "a wizard, a true star" (the title of his 1973 album) more times than imaginable. That title is ridiculously apt. The Upper Darby native, who now lives in Hawaii, has been a pure pop composer, an inventive multi-instrumentalist, and a noteworthy producer (Meat Loaf's Bat Out of Hell , Patti Smith's Easter , among many) who turned away from the quirky, cosmopolitan hit-making of his earliest works for the role of progressive rock avatar, early Internet adopter, and sonic provocateur.
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