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Patti Smith

Early in her career, Patti Smith saw herself as outside of society, changing the world not with weapons but through the sheer force of her rhapsodic poetry and a stubborn belief in the curative powers of rock & roll. And you know what? She was right. More than anything else, it was her starkly cutting, almost evangelically fervent New York City poetry readings, backed by guitarist Lenny Kaye, that cast a questioning and rebellious spirit over the very beginnings of punk rock. Of course, Smith is anything but an outsider these days, as she jams onstage with Johnny Depp and Flea or kisses up to the latest pope. But she’s not just an oldies act, either. Many of the cathartic elegies she’s written in the wake of the death of her husband, Fred “Sonic” Smith, retain a mournfully convulsive power. Also Friday, Jan. 30.
Thu., Jan. 29, 8:30 p.m.; Fri., Jan. 30, 8:30 p.m., 2015 (Expired: 01/30/15)

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