The awesome job of being a mother is impressive enough. But how about being a mother, and a rock n’ roll icon? An astonishing number of artists have managed the balancing act of family life and public life over the years, perhaps not getting the credit they’re due. Which hopefully will change sooner rather than later. An indie documentary called Rock N Roll Mamas celebrating the trials and triumphs of musical motherhood is making it’s way around the film festival circuit this year. And while it hasn’t yet screened locally, we’re doing our part on The Key on this Mother’s Day by saluting a half-dozen of our favorite rock n’ roll moms. It goes without saying that we’ve missed countless artists with offspring, and please let us know who they are in the comments.Begin reading our Moms Rock! countdown by clicking here.
Most colleges consign punk rock to dorm rooms, obscure airwaves or an out-of-the-way venue. Maybe even a class or two. But when it comes to the top brass, not too many pledge allegiance to the punk flag. Then again, not too many Main Line schools get to salute a legend like Patti Smith.
“I suspect Bryn Mawr actually has a punk spirit,” college President Jane McAuliffe said Thursday night before presenting Patti Smith with the Katharine Hepburn Medal.
Kim Masters of The Hollywood Reporter, the night’s master of ceremonies, pointed to actress Katharine Hepburn and her mother, family-planning advocate Katharine Houghton Hepburn — both Bryn Mawr graduates — as “trailblazing women who defied convention.”
And while that description also fits Patti Smith, she’s not necessarily the first candidate you’d come up with for the Katharine Hepburn Medal, which was first awarded in 2006 to recognize achievement in film and theater, women’s health and civic engagement. The previous winners — actresses Lauren Bacall and Blythe Danner, mural maven Jane Golden and HIV expert Helene Gayle — fit more neatly into the medal’s mission.
But Smith’s CV is anything but neat; you’ll run out of hyphens before she runs out of energy. She’s a rocker-memoirist-photographer-actress-model-playwright-muse-critic-painter-poet — and you know I’m forgetting something. Not bad for a South Jersey girl who dropped out of Glassboro State College to be somebody in New York City. Continue reading →
For the unfamiliar, The Mike Douglas Show, a daily television variety show, was based in Philadelphia between 1965 and 1978. During it’s time here, Douglas had hundreds of incredible musical guests on the show including Frank Zappa, The Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin and John Lennon and Yoko Ono who co-hosted the show one week with Douglas. Below, watch a couple of videos for Patti Smith performing on the show from April 1977. (via Dangerous Minds). Below the performances you’ll find a video of Smith from March 1978, when she visited the show to promote her book of poems, Babel. Patti Smith opens for Neil Young and Crazy Horse at the Wells Fargo Center on Thursday, November 29. Tickets and information on the show can be found here.
Patti Smith will be opening for Neil Young and Crazy Horse when they play the Wells Fargo Center on Thursday, November 29th. Tickets go on sale this Friday, June 8th at 10 a.m. at Comcasttix.com. Smith’s new album, Banga is out today. Young and Crazy Horse release a new album, Americana, tomorrow. The album, the band’s first since 2003′s Greendale nine years ago, is a collection of classic, American folk songs including “”Tom Dooley,” “Oh Susannah,” “This Land Is Your Land,” and “Wayfaring Stranger.” Listen to the full album here via Rolling Stone or stream “Oh Susanna” below.