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Patti Smith

American Artist

Frank Stefanko



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Omnibus Press
27 September 2017
Music; Punk, New Wave & Indie; Individual composers & musicians, bands & groups
A stunning collection of photographs from Frank Stefanko featuring the Godmother of Punk herself, iconic musician-turned-author Patti Smith. -Frank always shot your internal life. He let your external imperfections show. His photos had a purity and poetry; there was some humor . . .

- --Bruce Springsteen Patti Smith was a favorite photographic subject for Frank Stefanko during his college years. -Patti had jet-black hair and pale blue eyes that could see right through you. When I visited New York, I started photographing Patti. I was captivated by her look . . . tall, thin, with porcelain skin, sharp features, and those piercing eyes. With me, in terms of portraits, it's always the eyes first, then the rest of the face comes into view.

- Patti Smith came to prominence during the punk rock movement in the 1970s, with her highly regarded 1975 debut album, Horses. She has been called -punk rock's poet laureate- because of her feminist sensibilities and intellectual approach to her music. As a result, she is one of rock and roll's most influential female musicians and according to Rolling Stone, one of -The 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

- Among some of Patti Smith's early influences were Robert Mapplethorpe, Jim Carroll, and Tom Verlaine. She spent the early 1970s painting, writing, and performing spoken-word poetry--frequently at the St. Mark's Poetry Project. By 1974, she was performing as a musician, initially with guitarist and rock archivist Lenny Kaye. The Patti Smith Group produced four albums in the 1970s, reaching #13 on Billboard's Top 100 in 1978 with the single -Because The Night, - cowritten with Smith's friend Bruce Springsteen.
By:   Frank Stefanko
Imprint:   Omnibus Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
ISBN:   9781785588648
ISBN 10:   1785588648
Pages:   176
Publication Date:   27 September 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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