I’m definitely still in love with her… #pattismith
"Jesus died for somebody’s sins, but not mine."
The androgynous punk poet queen who never even meant to be a rock star became a figurehead of American punk, and remains one of the few women to give her name to an otherwise all-male group.
Having now outlived many of those she was closest to, success always favored Patti Smith, the iconoclast who once famously said, “The thing is, it’s not uncool to worry about people who seem like they’re going on the wrong path. There’s nothing cool about being self-destructive.”
Her whole image seems to build on controversy - either you are ready to take her as a great artist or she probably means nothing to you.
Live fast and die young? Not for the feminist icon, who established a cultural voice through rock’n’roll that incorporated sex, art, poetry, performance and revolution, in balance and in stealth.