Item description for Patti Smith: American Artist by Lenny Kaye Frank Stefanko...
"Frank always shot your internal life. He let your external imperfections show. His photos had a purity and poetry; there was some humor..." - Bruce Springsteen Patti Smith was a favorite photographic subject for Frank Stefanko during his college years. "Patti had jet-black hair and pale blue eyes that could see right through you. When I visited New York, I started photographing Patti, I was captivated by her look...tall, thin, with porcelain skin, sharp features, and those piercing eyes. With me, in terms of portraits, it's always the eyes first, then the rest of the face comes into view." Patti Smith came to prominence during the punk rock movement in the 1970s, with her highly regarded 1975 debut album, Horses. She has been called "punk rock's poet laureate" because of her feminist sensibilities and intellectual approach to her music. As a result, she is one of rock and roll's most influential female musicians, and according to Rolling Stone, one of "The 100 Greatest Artists of All Time." Among some of Patti Smith's early influences were Robert Mapplethorpe, Jim Carroll and Tom Verlaine. She spent the early 1970s painting, writing, and performing spoken-word poetry- frequently at the St. Marks Poetry Project. By 1974, she was performing as a musician, initially with guitarist and rock archivist Lenny Kaye. The Patti Smith Group produced four albums in the 1970s, reaching #13 on Billboard's Top 100 in 1978 with the single "Because The Night," co-written with her friend Bruce Springsteen.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 12.2" Width: 9.21" Height: 1.02" Weight: 2.95 lbs.
Release Date Oct 24, 2006
Publisher Insight Editions
ISBN 1933784067 ISBN13 9781933784069
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Fascinating and mesmerizing Oct 24, 2006
These photos of Patti Smith have been called some of the most beautiful portraits ever taken of her. The book chronicles the early evolution of the "high priestess of punk" in pictures and story by her friend and photgrapher, Frank Stefanko. As an "American Artist", Patti's story follows an amazingly talented and multifaceted performer who moves from a small town in Jersey to the the Big Apple, where she hones her talents and finds her voice. She has become an icon for other female artists to emulate.