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Among the pleas and invectives, yowls and barks coming from Patti Smith on stage at the Wiltern on Friday, the bellowed cries of “free money!” “Gloria!” and “Pussy Riot!”; the Sylvia Plath dedication and the yarn about Jimmy Iovine, Bruce Springsteen and the birth of “Because the Night,” the singer, poet, and National Book Award-winning memoirist relayed a sage piece of advice to the crowd.
“You don’t have to go to school," she said. "Just come to our concerts.”
Excluding the knowledge necessary to train budding mathematicians, organic farmers, or Bain Capital partners, Smith had a...