Monday, January 24 2011
PopMatters' writers (a margin-friendly, iconoclastic bunch, for the most part) cast their nets far beyond the world of culture-production to capture some of the best non-fiction books published in 2010.
Wednesday, February 23 2011
A subgenre has emerged that should placate memoirphobes and please memoirfiles: the artist-teacher memoir.
Thursday, June 7 2012
It’s hard to review something by as consummate an artist as Patti Smith without just listing all the similies for "outstanding".
Friday, December 16 2011
While Smith’s performance may have felt off-the-cuff, she couldn’t have been more in her leanin’-on-the-parkin’-meter element.
Friday, September 9 2011
All hail Patti Smith, the postmodern beat queen who looks back at what she’s done and finds a pattern -- where excess in all things is fine if succeeded by its opposite.
Thursday, August 4 2011
If you gave poet and mystic William Blake access to some electric guitars, the result would have sounded a lot like Patti Smith. Dave Thompson tells this story with a special focus on the height of her career in the '70s.
Thursday, July 10 2008
A haunting tribute to the late Robert Mapplethorpe, The Coral Sea is a monumental accomplishment in the career of one of America's truly outstanding artists.
Friday, February 4 2011
One of the most critically-acclaimed debuts in rock history, Patti Smith’s Horses is a whirlwind of poetry and proto-punk rock. Counterbalance takes Horses for a ride -- go Rimbaud and go Johnny go!
Tuesday, June 29 2010
Patti Smith joined the Sicilian singer-songwriter Carmen Consoli to perform Consoli's "Mio Zio"(My Uncle) in Turin, Italy. The song, from Consoli's latest album, Elettra, is…
Wednesday, July 15 2009
At a recent exhibition at the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow, Scotland, I was fortunate enough to catch a glimpse at Robert Mapplethorpe’s "Jim…
Friday, June 8 2012
DETROIT — “Here’s my favorite painting in the museum,” says Patti Smith, bringing a hand up to her chest, as if the sight of her…
Wednesday, January 11 2012
One thing I’ve always admired about Patti Smith is her refusal to be characterized. Rocker, poet, artist, mother: She seems to inhabit each of these…
Friday, November 19 2010
LOS ANGELES — "Just Kids," which won the National Book Award for nonfiction on Wednesday night, is a reminder that Patti Smith has always had…
Wednesday, August 25 2010
Nostalgia is never more suspect than when the person romantically harking back is too young to have experienced the era firsthand. But reading Patti Smith's…
Thursday, August 2 2007
Patti Smith says she was first attracted to several of the dozen cover songs that make up her latest disc, "Twelve," because they have both…