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Patti Smith: I am a writer not a musician

Published 03/10/2015 | 09:56

Patti Smith says she's something of a loner
Patti Smith says she's something of a loner

Veteran rock star and poet Patti Smith said people's perceptions of her are "often so off the mark".

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The American, whose 1975 debut album Horses is cited as being part of the influential Stateside punk movement, said she identifies herself as a writer rather than a musician.

The 68-year-old activist told the Telegraph Magazine: "I'm not a musician. People's concept of me is often so off the mark.

"I know what that tastes like, to be a rock-and-roll star - to have a limousine, to have girls screaming when they see you, girls trying to cut my hair, get a piece of me.

"But I don't walk around with a concept of myself as a rock-and-roll star, and certainly not as a musician, because I really can't play anything except primitively."

She added: "I'm sort of a loner. I write every day. My view of myself is more as a writer."

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