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Patti Smith: A Portrait of the Young Woman as an Artist

Stephen Demorest, Sounds, 21 January 1978

 

BACK IN THE '60s, when much of America was getting high on mind-altering drugs, Patti Smith never touched a pill, and never puffed a joint — she didn't need to. Patti had been suffering uncontrollable hallucinations since the age of four, when she was stricken with a combination of scarlet fever and malaria. Patti Smith's goal in the 60s was to get normal.

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