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An Evening With Patti Smith

Brandon Carson
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Patti Smith

Poet, writer, and punk rocker Patti Smith recently spent an hour with Colin while she was in town for a Mark Twain House "Mark My Words" event held at Immanuel Congregational Church in Hartford. She looked back over her life as an artist, a lover of Robert Mapplethorpe, a wife and mother, and as a person she says is a better friend in the abstract than in reality. 

The church was filled to the rafters with an overflowing crowd of 700 people who know and love her work. If you don't know her, you may come to love her after hearing this very funny and endearing interview. 


  • Patti Smith - Singer, songwriter, poet, and visual artist; she's released almost a dozen albums and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2007; she won a National Book Award for her memoir Just Kids; her second memoir is M Train

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Colin McEnroe and Chion Wolf contributed to this show. 

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