Dear fetuses, it's difficult to imagine how INCREDIBLE it was to be a budding girl musician in the era of female fronted male driven bands and have someone like Patti Smith making records (that's right, I said records). All the cool musicians were boys (Joni gets an exemption here because she is like an actual universe unto herself and even though her initial offerings were melodically sweet and 'folk', her story telling was just so honest it may as well have been a razor ) and if you didn't want to just be candy, well, you were on your own to try and figure a way out of it.
Patti Smith came out of nowhere and paved the way for a different kind of female artist; raw, androgynous, in your face and unapologetic. She was the one we were excited about. Her music mattered. She helped us kick down our own walls and see ourselves beyond our gender.
It is inspiring that she is still fanning the flames of another generation.