Patti Smith


"To me, rock & roll is a totally people-oriented, grassroots music. It came up from the people, from the blues. The roots are deep. It came from the earth. It's our thing. Rock & roll is great because it's the people's art. It's not an intellectual art. It's totally accessible. The chords are totally accessible. The format is totally accessible. But it's not ours anymore. Right now, rock & roll belongs to business. We don't even own it.

"The people have got to wake up and reclaim what belongs to them. The music business should be working for us, artists should not be working for the music business."

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