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Patti Smith Still Believes 'People Have the Power'

Patti Smith Still Believes 'People Have the Power' Complete video at: Singer-songwriter Patti Smith says she still believes in her song People Have the Power, though she feels society has become "disenfranchised" by the "impenetrable walls" of government and corporations. The punk icon heralds political activist Ralph Nader's philosophy on the spirit of relentless protest: be prepared to lose, but make certain you are counted. ----- In this new series, Graduate Center President Bill Kelly explores great minds that have shaped our cultural landscape. Over the course of the year, he will speak, one-on-one, with a diverse group of vital contemporary thinkers, artists, and visionaries who have indelibly impacted the fields in which they work. This debut evening features Patti Smith whose body of work encompasses poetry, fiction, essay, music, film, photography, and more. - CUNY Patricia Lee "Patti" Smith (born December 30, 1946) is an American singer-songwriter, poet and visual artist, who became a highly influential component of the New York City punk rock movement with her 1975 debut album Horses. Called the "Godmother of Punk", she integrated the beat poetry performance style with three-chord rock. Smith's most widely known song is "Because the Night", which was co-written with Bruce Springsteen and reached number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1978. In 2005, Patti Smith was named a Commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture, and in 2007, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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