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Wednesday, December 30 at 9 p.m. POV "Patti Smith: Dream of Life"

(Rochester, NY) Shot over 11 years by acclaimed fashion photographer Steven Sebring, Patti Smith: Dream of Life, airing Wednesday, December 30 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable1011/cable11), is a remarkable plunge into the life, art, memories and philosophical reflections of the legendary rocker, poet and artist. Sometimes dubbed the “godmother of punk” — a designation justified by clips of her early rage-fueled performances — Smith was much more than that when she broke through with her 1975 debut album, Horses. A poet and visual artist as well as a rocker, she befriended and collaborated with some of the brightest lights of the American counterculture, an often testosterone-driven scene to which she brought a swagger and fierceness all her own. 
In Patti Smith: Dream of Life, the artist’s memories of these times, and of a period of domestic happiness and the tragedies that brought her back to the stage, attain an intense, hypnotic lyricism, much like that of her own songs.

American television’s longest-running independent documentary series, POV is the recipient of a Special News and Documentary Emmy for Excellence in Television Documentary Filmmaking.

Pictured: Patti Smith performing during the P.O.V. “Patti Smith: Dream of Life” session during the PBS portion of the TCA Press Tour at the Langham Huntington Hotel & Spa in Pasadena, California, on August 2, 2009.

Credit Jake Landis/PB



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