Romanticism and Rock

Updated June 7th with additional links, a bibliography, and an expanded contributor list.  If you’re interested in the topic of this post, please consider submitting a proposal to the edited anthology Rock and Romanticism. I’m thinking about developing a course about … Continue reading Romanticism and Rock

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NaPoWriMo: Day 3, “Patti Smith”

I found myself wanting to write something for Patti Smith after listening to her latest album, Banga. It may well be her best album. Patti Smith Her beautiful rage: the sharpened edge of her white hot love for all life. © James Rovira 2014 Written February 2014 Continue reading NaPoWriMo: Day 3, “Patti Smith”

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Patti Smith’s Banga

Beautiful rage: the sharpened edge of her white hot love for all life. I’ve been meaning to write about Patti Smith’s newest album, Banga, for some time now. For now I’ll only say this: I think it’s her best album so far, or at least one of her best. Smith’s major albums are probably Easter, Horses, and Wave, and I think Banga needs to take its place alongside those. The listening experience is probably closest to Easter, but with less rage, more complex arrangements, and more world music flavors. If you’re not listening, you’re missing out. Continue reading Patti Smith’s Banga

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