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Stateside Podcast: Why Patti Smith matters

Patti Smith in concert at Winterland, San Francisco 1978.
Steve Harlow via Flickr
Patti Smith in concert at Winterland, San Francisco 1978.

Patti Smith is a lot of things: artist, musician, poet, ex-Michigander. She's had an incredible impact on punk rock music and continues to shape the scene with her performances. She also has her share of controversy, including song lyrics that use a racial slur.

Today on the podcast we talk about a Caryn Rose's new book about the icon and look into Smith's cultural impact over the years.


Caryn Rose, author of Why Patti Smith Matters


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Rachel Ishikawa joined Michigan Radio in 2020 as a podcast producer. She produced Kids These Days, a limited-run series that launched in the Summer of 2020.