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Patti Smith has been called a punk legend and the founding mother of alternative rock. But if you really want to make her smile, tell her that you think she's written some beautiful pop songs lately. "See how happy I am?" Smith says, her eyes welling up slightly. "I'm so happy that people think my new record is worthwhile."
December 5, 2010
It used to be easier to pick out music for your tune-obsessed relatives. There were far fewer releases than there are now, and unless it was a hot album, chances are good that with enough research one could find sounds desired yet unpurchased. No more. With the instant gratification of iTunes, Amazon and miscellaneous pirate portals, a music freak who wants a particular set of tunes probably already has it, and if not, doesn't want it. Still, that leaves a ton of music-centric gift options that aren't run-of-the-mill compact discs.
November 22, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
Death and denial were made for each other, but for those facing tragedy, the raw truth can be a tonic. In "We're Gonna Die," theater artist Young Jean Lee turns the bleaker facts of life into a delightful, hourlong hipster cabaret. The show, a presentation of UCLA's Center For the Art of Performance running through Sunday at the Actors' Gang at the Ivy Substation in Culver City, introduces one of New York's most exciting experimental playwrights to Southern California. Daft, direct, unvarnished and stylishly awkward, Lee's shape-shifting work doesn't try to bowl us over with its polish and professionalism.
August 10, 1997
Patti Smith, who went eight years between albums before releasing "Gone Again" early last year, is already finishing a follow-up, due Sept. 30.
October 16, 1988
Patrick Goldstein wonders why Patti Smith's new album, "Dream of Life," has not sold well ("Superstar Comebacks Stall on the Charts," Pop Eye, Oct. 9). Perhaps it is because many of those who have followed the punk music scene don't buy the theory of some pop critics that New York was the birthplace of punk and that Patti Smith was punk's high priestess. To some of us, the punk music that mattered began with Britain's Sex Pistols, Siouxsie and the Banshees, the Stranglers, etc.; not New York's Smith, the Talking Heads or (for crying out loud)
November 12, 2006 | Ann Powers, Times Staff Writer
THE Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced the nine finalists for induction in 2007. I like the list this year, and if it were up to me, I'd vote them all in. But given that only five of the nine contenders will make the cut, here's the order I'd put them in: the Ronettes, Patti Smith, Chic, Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, the Stooges. That leaves Van Halen, Joe Tex, the Dave Clark Five and R.E.M. to try to make the grade another year.
December 20, 1987 | STEVE HOCHMAN
* * * CINDY LEE BERRYHILL. "Who's Gonna Save the World." Rhino. Patti Smith meets Olive Oyl and they get together in Joni Mitchell's bedroom to write songs for Bob Dylan.
September 27, 1997 | ELYSA GARDNER
*** PATTI SMITH: "Peace and Noise;" Arista *** Patti Smith, "Peace and Noise," Arista. Smith is that rarest of middle-aged rock artists--someone who has kept her edge but also maintained her dignity. Having made an acclaimed comeback with last year's "Gone Again," the seminal punk poet sounds confident but hardly complacent on these songs, which take her--and us--through a predictable maelstrom of emotions.
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