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Patti Smith Explores the Classics

Patti Smith from WFUV - 06/21/2007

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Patti Smith In-Studio

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Patti Smith from WFUV - 06/21/2007

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Patti Smith's latest album is a surprising collection of covers from the past and present. Photo: Angelo Cricchi hide caption

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Pop Sessions, a new weekly feature, presents some of today's most exciting musicians as they chat and perform in the studio with public radio hosts from around the country.

I was in 10th grade when Patti Smith's signature album, Horses, came out, and it was a pivotal record for me as a future DJ. I've seen her in concert many times, even back in the day, so I was psyched for this in-studio performance. She arrived on time — worth mentioning because so few do! — with Lenny Kaye and her guitarist son, Jackson Smith. We determined the songs they would perform in advance, but everything else was completely on the fly. This was one of those sessions where I'd been doing the research for the last 30 years of my life. After a sound check, we dimmed the lights in Studio A, and the session began.

More About Patti Smith

A singer, musician, activist and poet, Patti Smith has spent the last three-plus decades as one of the most visible and iconic figures in punk and rock music. Her landmark 1975 debut Horses remains a classic, but she's continued to evolve, incite passions and influence generations of musicians and writers. Though she's never been a top seller, Smith is widely viewed as one of the most influential musicians in rock history, and she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March. Her new album, Twelve, is a collection of covers from the past and present.

New York City's WFUV features a wide mix of new and established artists. Its live stream, archives and podcasts can be heard at wfuv.org

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