Who is Benjamin Smoke? Well, there's no such person, as it turns out. Benjamin is an alias for a guy named Robert Dickerson. Smoke is the name of his Georgia band, one which has "influenced" Patti Smith and, reportedly, R.E.M. Ultimately, Benjamin Smoke is essentially pretty meaningless as a title.

So who is Robert Dickerson? He's the lead singer and songwriter for Smoke. He's also a speed freak, a sometimes drag queen, and a guy that's dying from AIDS. He's now a shut-in that rarely comes out except to play a gig from time to time. And he's a bohemian that fancies himself a latter-day beat poet. (This he is not.)

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