Why Patti Smith Matters


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University of Texas Press
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4.96 X 6.93 X 0.79 inches | 0.5 pounds

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About the Author

Caryn Rose is a longtime music journalist whose work has appeared in Pitchfork, MTV News, Salon, Billboard, the Village Voice, Vulture, and the Guardian. Her essay on Maybelle Carter was included in Woman Walk the Line.


An enjoyable retrospective of Smith's career...Throughout, Rose threads her own experiences of, and thoughts about, each stage of Smith's career in. She recounts thrilling concert experiences, parses why a particular song did or did not connect with her, and defends Smith from dismissive critics. Her personal connection, combined with her critical analyses, add a valuable layer, taking the book beyond a retelling of Smith's storied trajectory and turning it into something more specific and meaningful. Part biography, part memoir, Why Patti Smith Matters tells the music icon's story through the eyes of a knowledgable lifelong fan, demonstrating how much Smith and her music still matter nearly fifty years after Horses signaled the rock poet's arrival.-- "Foreword Reviews" (5/1/2022 12:00:00 AM)
If you're looking for a distillation of Smith's importance and influence, there are few writers who seem better-suited than Caryn Rose, making this new book a perfect blend of author and subject.-- "Vol. 1 Brooklyn" (5/10/2022 12:00:00 AM)
[Rose's] analytical approach to research, along with her undying fandom...make her the perfect person to unpack Smith's music and poetry in an engaging work that is a scholarly page-turner.-- "Rebellious Magazine" (5/24/2022 12:00:00 AM)