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Patti Smith And Robert Mapplethorpe: Kindred Spirits.

Patti Smith's memoir Just Kids, just nominated for a National Book Award, describes her path of artistic self discovery and her relationship with the provocative photographer, Robert Mapplethorpe.

This interview was originally broadcast on January 19, 2010. 'Just Kids' was recently nominated for a National Book Award and will be released in a paperback edition on November 2, 2010.


Patti Smith Recognized as a Rock Legend

Singer and poet Patti Smith will be inducted into the Rock and roll Hall of Fame on March 12. Smith got her start in the punk movement of the 1970s with the album Horses.

Smith's upcoming album, Twelve, is a collection of covers of classic rock tunes, including "Gimme Shelter," "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and "Are You Experienced?" Twelve will be released on April 12. Smith will go on tour in Europe this spring. (Contains excerpt of 1998 Michael Stipe interview)

Originally broadcast on June 24, 1996.

Musician Patti Smith

Biographer Vicki Wickham

With writer Penny Valentine, Wickham recently published Dancing with Demons: The Authorized Biography of Dusty Springfield. Wickham was a close friend of Springfield's, and managed her for more than a decade. This interview first aired January 2, 2002.


From the Archives: The Godmother of Punk On Life and Loss.

Singer and poet Patti Smith. Her seventh album, "Peace and Noise" (Arista), was recently released, and she plans a tour toward the end of this year. Her first four albums, recorded in the 1970s, established Smith as the "Godmother" of punk. Her previous release, Gone Again," came out in the summer of 1996, marking her return to recording after an eight year absence. Smith says unlike her punk days, her current performances have attracted a wide range of listeners, from truck drivers to Deadheads to suburbanites. (REBROADCAST FROM 6/24/96)


Singer and Songwriter Amy Rigby on Being a "Mod Housewife"

The 37-year old musician is a former member of the New York bands Last Roundup and the Shams. Her latest album is "Amy Rigby: Diary of a Mod Housewife." Rigby says a mod housewife is "woman being dragged kicking and screaming into adulthood." She also says her favorite subjects for songwriting are: "making a living, having a family, and trying to keep a sense of humor about it all." Most of her album is produced by Elliot Easton, guitarist for the Cars.


Decades Later, Janis Joplin in Her Own Words

Laura Joplin is the younger sister of the rock legend Janis Joplin. Her new book, "Love XX Janis," was inspired by a bundle of letters Laura found of her sister's. This is the first time the letters are published. Laura is six years younger than Janis, and was 21 when Janis died. There's a new episode of the VH1 documentary series "Legends" about Janis Joplin, in which Laura reads some of the letters of her sister.


The Godmother of Punk On Life and Loss.

Singer and poet, Patti Smith. Her new CD, "Gone Again" (Arista), is inspired by the passing of her musician-husband, Fred "Sonic" Smith of the MC5, and her brother, Todd. They died weeks apart in the fall of 1994. Her first four albums, recorded in the 1970s, established Smith as skinny "Godmother" of punk. Through the 1980s, while raising her children in a Detroit suburb, Smith recorded one album but made plans to record new music with Fred in the summer of 1995.

Musician Patti Smith

Singer and Songwriter Sam Phillips.

Singer/songwriter Sam Phillips is a former Christian singer who became disillusioned with the form, left it, changed her name (from Leslie), and started writing songs which explored her own singular spirituality. Since 1989 she's been making pop music that's been admired by the critics. One critic wrote of her 1991 album; "On the surface, Phillips seems just another wispy-voiced, ethereal singer-songwriter, writing moody songs chronicling the dangers of corruption and obsessive love.


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