In New York in the mid-Seventies, when Tom Verlaine and Patti Smith were friends struggling to remake themselves as artists — Verlaine with his band Television, Smith as a poet — their shared tastes in reading, from Rimbaud to Paul Bowles, helped shape a unified aesthetic with definite spiritual aims.
The imagery of her new lyrics reveals a high order of compression and heat.
The Patti Smith Group then achieved a commercial breakthrough with its third album, Easterpropelled by the hit single "Because the Night," co-written by Smith and Bruce Springsteen.
The Springsteen show is possibly the greatest thing that he has ever done — a magnificent presentation of the full glory and tragedy of human life in which his experiences and stories come to take on profound universality.
The power it packs and praises is both explicitly political and explicitly visionary, a power that pulses with the promise of imminent combustion. Whether it's a new book, or the sky is beautiful, or another full moon, or you meet a new friend—life is interesting.
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The women who tend to rank high in songwriter esteem — Joni Mitchell, Carole King — are brilliant and certainly deserving, but also conventionally feminine in voice and aesthetic.
Smith also released another book that year, M Traina memoir that blends philosophies around art and connection with world travel. After four decades, Smith finds her continued motivation to write and make music in the unfairly shortened lives of her loved ones and the needs of her children.
Inshe published her first book of poetry, Seventh Heaven, earning flattering reviews but selling few copies.