Rock music has taught us much, but especially about the different faces and manifestations of innovation. Like much of my last few blog posts, this notion is no more evident in punk and indie music, with innovation and influence spanning every form and genre. A case in point is the very first track of Patti Smith’s classic album of poetry and punk, ‘Horses’. ‘Gloria’ is a mash-up of lyrical power (‘Jesus died for somebody’s sin, but not mine’) and rousing sixties rock in the guise of ‘Gloria’ by Them. The muse that inhabits that song is powerful, impassioned and perhaps even contrary. And the result of such innovation resonates today, with my vinyl copy of ‘Horses’ spinning on my turntable as I write this blog and Patti Smith influencing generations of other bands and particulatly female performers.
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