Patti Smith

Patti Smith

In the early 1970s, Patti Smith, already a regular on the New York scene as a poet and performance artist, began to set her poetry to Lenny Kaye’s electric guitar playing. Soon, she had a full band, whose rough, clattering sound made a perfect match for Smith’s shrieked, soaring vocals. The moment she proclaimed, “Jesus died for somebody’s sins, but not mine” on her reworked version of Van Morrison’s “Gloria” in 1975, Smith positioned herself as a key leader of the punk movement that followed.

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