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Patti Smith lovers like myself understand that virtually anytime this god-like woman says something, it's something so poignantly intelligent, so thought-provoking, that it's worth documenting. That's why we here at BUST are SO excited to share an exclusive clip from this never-before-seen interview, featuring the living legend herself, for PBS's American Masters Podcast.

The podcast, which was released on June 23rd, is an extension of the beloved biographical series American Masters that launched in 1986 and has since set high standards for documentary film profiles. Like the original series, the podcast illuminates and celebrates some of society's most prominent artists (David Bowie, Gloria Steinem, and Bernadette Peters, to name a few) via in-depth interviews concerning various aspects of creativity, history, and culture. 


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Hosted by series executive producer Michael Kantor, Episode 5 of the podcast, which will be released tomorrow (Thursday, August 18th), features a long-form interview with Smith. Topics discussed include the early days of punk rock, the vibrant music scene of 1970s New York City, her influences and thoughts on art, poetry, censorship, and punk, among others. It will be available on the In Their Own Words: The American Masters Digital Archive WebsiteiTunesSoundcloud, and Stitcher

Check out an exclusive excerpt from the interview here, and be sure to download (and enjoy!) the entire episode when it is officially released tomorrow: 

Images via PBS

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