In this new audiobook, broadcaster and music writer Alan Cross narrates the definitive history of Patti Smith. Cross succeeds once again in revealing the fascinating history behind the music in the same compelling way we've come to expect from his long broadcasting career.More
The career of singer Patti Smith, "the godmother of punk", is succinctly, vividly detailed in Patti Smith: The Alan Cross Guide.
Written and narrated by Alan Cross, this audiobook begins by detailing Smith’s influence on acts like REM and U2. Picking apart fact from myth in her biography, Cross details Smith’s interest in poets like Arthur Rimbaud, her relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe in New York, and her early work as a writer. Eventually, Smith would set her poetry to music and catch the world’s attention with her androgynous image.
In some respects, Cross’ guide comes off as the text between songs on a radio show. In his radio-ready performance, he sounds both knowledgeable and informal.
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Stuff on Smith not in her excellent memoir
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