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Who would have guessed, in the mid-1970s, that Patti Smith would end up as the visionary poet-mother of rock 'n' roll? Smith's brilliant early career seemed likely to end in burnout; as she intoned, memorably, at the start of her 1975 debut album,...
Tags: Book, Poetry, Death, Patti Smith
TIMES FILM CRITICFriday November 3, 1995 "Total Eclipse" is the art-house equivalent of "Casey at the Bat." Considerable ability has gone into a potential home run scenario, but the result is a big whiff all the way around. Written by Christopher Hampton,...
Tribune music criticDawn Upshaw's local fans, no doubt sorely disappointed over the singer's defection from the cast of Lyric Opera's "The Great Gatsby" last fall, got a chance to bask in another facet of her vocal art Thursday night at Symphony Center. The widely admired...
Tribune movie critic3 stars (out of four) Agnieszka Holland's "Copying Beethoven"--a bio-drama on the great composer and musical hero Ludwig van Beethoven--is a movie with some flaws but also with moments of beauty and intensity most other films can't match. A fanciful...
Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald are not the only literary friends to see their relationship go cold. Indeed, the history of literature is a history of betrayals, of writers turning on each other and collaborations falling apart. Below, we give...
Jim Carroll, who died Friday of a heart attack at 60 in Manhattan, was a legend by the time he was 13. That's when the poet Ted Berrigan took him to visit Jack Kerouac, who took a look at some of Jim's writing and said, "Jim Carroll writes better prose...
Tags: Jack Kerouac, Death, Frank O'Hara, Patti Smith, Larry Rivers
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