In Patti Smith: America's Punk Rock Rhapsodist, musician and historian Eric Wendell delves into the volatile mix of religious upbringing and musical and literary influences that gave shape to Smith's lyrics, music, and artistic output. Wendell explores how Smith's androgyus stage presence pulled the various societal triggers, adding a new layer of meaning to popular music performance. Songwriter and singer, performance artist and poet, Smith created work that drew together biography, history, and music into a powerful collage of an artist who shaped a generation of musicians.
Eric Wendell is a New York-based musician, writer, and historian. He has written for Jazz.com and is a contributor to a forthcoming encyclopedia on popular music.
Rowman & Littlefield
Date of Publication
Music & Dance
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