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Patti Smith

'Folk Scare' at Town Hall

by John Platt
Joan Baez and Patti Smith, backed by the Avett Brothers, Lake Street Dive, and others

The late, great Dave Van Ronk used to joke about "The Great Folk Scare" of the early '60s. As "The Mayor of MacDougal Street," he was an intimate witness to it. Joel and Ethan Coen have made a movie,  "Inside Llewyn Davis," very loosely based on Van Ronk's memoir, going into limited release on December 6, with a soundtrack album, produced by T Bone Burnett (who compiled the landmark "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" soundtrack for the Coens), coming out on Nonesuch on November 12.

Patti Smith - Words and Music - 2012

by Eric Holland

I recently traveled to the home of Columbia Records in the Sony Building on Madison avenue to visit with Patti Smith. The hallways there are filled with beautiful framed photographs of legendary Columbia artists like Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen. Adjacent to the door of the room where we met was one of Ms. Smith herself. I had read somewhere that she was working on a crime novel, so I brought her a gift of a Jim Thompson paperback and, as time was tight, we jumped right into conversation. 

WFUV Pop Quiz with Patti Smith

by WFUV Staff
Edward Mapplethorpe

With her outstanding career in the arts, Patti Smith has solidified her standing as a modern renaissance woman. A New Jersey native, Patti became a staple in the emergent punk rock scene in 1970s New York with her debut album Horses. After spending a lifetime of creating various works of literature, visual arts, and music, Patti still remains as prolific as ever with the recent release of her eleventh studio album, Banga. While doing an interview with WFUV's Eric Holland, she squeezed in some time to answer some WFUV Pop Quiz questions.

Me and Patti

by Eric Holland

I recently traveled to the home of Columbia Records in the Sony Building on Madison avenue to visit with Patti Smith.  The hallwalls there are filled with beautiful framed photographs of legendary Columbia artists like Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen.  Adjacent to the door of the room where we met was one of Ms.

Patti Smith - Words and Music - 2007

by Rita Houston
Patti Smith at WFUV
Covering a Van Morrison song put her on the map in 1975, and ever since, Patti Smith has never shied from adding her own punk rock poetry to the words of others. Now, the entire album 'Twelve' is devoted to some of her favorite lyricists, and host Rita Houston gets the backstory as Patti, Jackson Smith, and Lenny Kaye visit the WFUV studios.