Rock and roll’s reigning “godmother of punk”

Patti Smith – an enigma to many (myself included), but a hero to critics and musicians alike.  She is part of rock royalty – officially inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.  But why exactly?

As omnipresent as her name is when those of the greats of the rock era are tossed around, most music fans know little about Patti Smith beyond a few key songs from her discography.  And it’s not been to easy to figure out where to turn for insight into Smith’s aura.

Patti Smith

You can read her allmusic biography, which lists her as “among the most influential female rock & rollers of all time”. 

You can, of course, explore the critically acclaimed music with remastered releases and comprehensive compilations.

But now, to – theoretically – shed some light on what exactly makes this woman so special, you can see the documentary as part of the PBS series POV.  The film, Patti Smith: Dream of Life, has been around for a while – screening (and winning awards) at film festivals over the last couple years.

But now the doc is set to receive its network premiere next week, December 30th.  Check out the trailer here and be sure to check local listings for airings.

Smith, who opens up in this New York Times interview with Edward Wyatt, is embarking on a number of new projects and the film appears to be part of a greater effort to expose her to larger audiences.

We’ve heard of her all these years and some of you are clearly hard-core believers.  The rest of us are glad to get an opportunity to start to discover what the fuss is all about.

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~ by acm213 on December 21, 2009.

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