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Patti Smith: ULU, London

Nick Hasted, The Independent, 19 March 2004

THE SECOND ACT OF Patti Smith's great career has been catalysed by death. The loss of her mother inspired the forthcoming Trampin', her fourth album since her 1996 comeback, equalling the early burst of work that helped to sire punk. Those of her father, her husband, Kurt Cobain and Allen Ginsberg are among the other funerals that have recently affected her. Which may just show the age of that one-time youth music rock'n'roll and serve as a reminder that Smith, 57, has seen it all come and go.

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