Break It Up: Patti Smith's Horses And The Remaking Of Rock 'n' Roll

Hardcover | January 6, 2010

byMark Paytress

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Before The Sex Pistols, before The Clash, before The Ramones, there was Patti Smith. The poet laureate of punk, she burst onto a vacuous music scene in the mid-1970s with a raw and revolutionary sound. With the release of her debut album, Horses, rock music would simply never be the same.

Using all-new interviews with those close to Smith, Mark Paytress puts the story of Horses into its full context: from the singer's early days to her rapid rise on New York's performance art scene and the key role she played in the emerging art-punk movement at CBGBs.

BREAK IT UP tells the unforgettable story of a landmark album, the new rock aesthetic that it brought about, and how Patti Smith became the most influential female rock 'n' roller of all time.

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Before The Sex Pistols, before The Clash, before The Ramones, there was Patti Smith. The poet laureate of punk, she burst onto a vacuous music scene in the mid-1970s with a raw and revolutionary sound. With the release of her debut album, Horses, rock music would simply never be the same.Using all-new interviews with those close to Smi...

Mark Paytress is a renowned music journalist. His work has appeared in MOJO, Q, and The Guardian, among other national publications. He lives in London.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.82 × 5.74 × 1.05 inPublished:January 6, 2010Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0749951079

ISBN - 13:9780749951078

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