This lady is fantastic. She is the godmother of punk, raw and real. She broke through a male dominated music scene in the 70’s with her unique fusion of spoken word and punk. Her attitude and image is unflinching and unapologetic with a definate masculine edge.
Patti Smith talks about issues like labour and factory work, both seen as masculine types of work, but she talks about these from the perspective of a woman being exploited – who sees the exploitation but who’s going to get the hell out of there and make something of herself. It seems she senses freedom in masculinity.
“…i would rather smell the way boys smell…But no I gotta, I gotta put clammy lady in my nostril…” (patti smith – piss factory)