Monday, February 22

Patti Smith’s Eternal Flame

"'No matter what anybody thinks about any of them,' said Patti Smith, 'every record I’ve done has been done with the same amount of care, anguish, pain, suffering, and joy. We never threw a record together. Each record was done really seriously, as if our life depended on it.' In 1975, when Smith released her astonishing first album, Horses, she became the first member of the nascent CBGB crew to make it to vinyl, helping set a global revolution in motion. Her sinuous, searing poetry—first unleashed on the influential. independent single 'Hey Joe' / 'Piss Factory,' which actually predates the album—didn’t fit any simple definition of 'punk,' but its defiant outsider attitude sure did. ..."