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Patti Smith: Dream Of Life Review


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The music of Patti Smith slaps you in the face with its energy, audacity, and fearlessness. Its raw intensity of uncharted punk, the incantatory ritual poetry of her lyrics, and Smith's lone wolf, damning presence reminiscent of mid-'60s Dylan all fuse into an atom bomb explosion of incendiary rock and transcendent poetry, a true icon of rock, or, as Smith ruefully remarks in Steven Sebring's reverent profile, Patti Smith: Dream of Life, "How does it feel to be a rock icon? I always think of Mount Rushmore."

Sebring spent 11 years filming Smith, from her Gone Again comeback album after leaving music behind to raise a family (husband Fred Sonic Smith and two children Jackson and Jesse) in a home in Detroit up to a few years ago, where she is seen raging against the criminal acts of George W. Bush. The center point of the film is a cluttered room filled with memorabilia from Smith's life, the room getting more and more cluttered with detritus (like the cover of Bringing It All Back Home) as the years and the film wear on and she comments on her life and times.

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