Many consider Patti Smith the godmother of punk. That label, however, is inaccurate. Although she possessed the energy and irreverence that would later mark the punk generation, she was inspired by the beatniks and by Jim Morrison, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, and many other figures whom the punk rockers were reacting against. Yet, she acted as a bridge between the two generations, finding common ground with both. The experimental and rebellious nature of her work made Smith and her band integral to the mid-'70s New York art rock scene, centered around the club CBGB on the Lower East Side. Smith's 1975 album, "Horses," was the first album released from the scene and established Smith as a major artist. The androgynous appearance of Smith on the cover--shot by Robert Mapplethorpe--has become one of the most famous shots in rock history. Musically, the album was groundbreaking for its mix of improvisational music and Dionysian lyrics. As both an artist and a woman, she broke new ground. Smith released three more albums before abruptly walking away from her fame in 1980. She reemerged in the mid-'90s to reshape her image and astound fans with her dynamic performances. Smith's impact on rock music--her rebellion against gender roles, her charismatic performances, her merging of poetry and music, and the way she's aged as a rock star--has been vast. She has redefined what it means for women to be rock performers and blazed trails for many other popular female musicians to follow after her. Individual chapters examine individual albums and account for parallel developments in Smith's life. Tarr concludes his work with an examination of the influence Smith has had on pop culture and on rock 'n' roll in general. Patti Smith is a guarded and private person, and little has been written about her. In this searching analysis of Smith's life and work, author Joe Tarr has filled a huge gap and provided an essential guide to the iconic artist's career.
Since the early 1990s there has been a breakthrough in women rock artists who have achieved both critical and popular success, and Patti Smith's influence on these artists is undeniable. Smith's 1975 album, Horses, first established her as a major artist, but her impact and importance have only grown since that powerful and provocative venture. She has redefined what it means for women to be rock performers, and blazed trails for many other musicians--both male and female--to follow. Individual chapters here examine individual albums and account for parallel developments in Smith's life. Author Joe Tarr concludes his work with an examination of the influence Smith has had on pop culture and on rock 'n' roll in general. Patti Smith is a guarded and private person, and little has been written about her, but in this searching analysis of Smith's life and work, Tarr has filled a huge gap and provided an essential guide to the iconic artist's career.
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Series Foreword by James E. Perone Introduction Chapter 1.: Abstract Friends Chapter 2: Dreams and Limits Chapter 3: Building the Tower Chapter 4: The Lost Tongue Chapter 5: Get Thee Gone Chapter 6: Dream of Life Chapter 7: Where I Have Yet to Roam Chapter 8: As a Citizen Chapter 9: Rock N Roll Icon Conclusion: Women in Rock Discography Notes Annotated Bibliography Index
Series Foreword by James E. Perone ntroduction hapter 1.: Abstract Friends hapter 2: Dreams and Limits hapter 3: Building the Tower hapter 4: The Lost Tongue hapter 5: Get Thee Gone hapter 6: Dream of Life hapter 7: Where I Have Yet to Roam hapter 8: As a Citizen hapter 9: Rock N Roll Icon onclusion: Women in Rock iscography otes nnotated Bibliography ndex
"Any library strong in rock music or songwriting needs Words and Music of Patti Smith: it provides a scholarly, college-level analysis of the lyrics of her punk music creations, surveys Dylan and other classic legends of inspiration that affected her life, and considers her influence in the 1970s New York rock scene as a whole. An excellent key to understanding both Patti Smith and the rock music of her times." ' MBR: California Bookwatch