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Patti Smith’s book tour will stop at the Free Library of Philadelphia

Patti Smith | Photo by Jesse Ditmar
Patti Smith | Photo by Jesse Ditmar

This fall, punk poet Patti Smith is releasing two new books. One is called M Train, and it’s the followup to her brilliant 2010 memoir Just Kids - which chronicled her friendship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. (It’s easily one of the best books about music, art and life that I’ve ever read.)This book travels with Smith along the MTA across 18 stations, according to Pitchfork. Continue reading →

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XPN MusicNotes: Patti Smith and Thom Yorke to perform at climate concert, Watch Roger Water’s epic trailer for “The Wall” live, and Ennio Morricone to score new Quentin Tarantino film.

Danny Martindale/WireImage/Getty; Steven Jennings/Getty
Danny Martindale/WireImage/Getty; Steven Jennings/Getty

Thom Yorke, Patti Smith, Flea, Dhani Harrison and more will perform at Paris’ Le Trianon theater on December 4th as part of Pathway to Paris, a concert designed to raise awareness about the urgency of climate action. Continue reading →

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MusicNotes from the XPN Morning Show: John Fogerty responds to alleged “controversy,” Ryan Adams writes music for new Al Pacino movie, and Patti Smith to perform at the Vatican

Tommaso Boddi/Getty
Tommaso Boddi/Getty

John Fogerty has responded to the “so-called” controversy, created by some over the performance by Bruce Springsteen, Dave Grohl & the Zac Brown Band’s of Fogarty’s CCR classic: “Fortunate Son” at the Concert for Valor on Veterans Day in front of military veterans in Washington. Continue reading →

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Punk legend Patti Smith recieves the Hepburn Medal at Bryn Mawr College

Patti Smith | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

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.

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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 →