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Patti Smith in Dream of Life

    Patti Smith is not a household name as is French poet Arthur Rimbaud, her idol. Considered a rock icon, she beats to her own drum without any Billboard attainment in the top 10. The closest she got was with “Because the Night”, which was co-written with Bruce Springsteen and reached number 13. You might not find her music in a jukebox, she is an embodiment of the rebel in its true sense. Stephen Sebring’s documentary took 11 years to film the essence of Patti Smith. Her muses William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Bob Dylan, Robert Mapplethorpe and Michael Stipe inspire her daily life. She is perhaps one of the last true beat artists that breeds the bohemian culture with her presence. Dream of Life is an appreciation of a true rock star who follows her own terms.

    Tony M.