Punk Poet Patti Smith To Show You How You Can Write Your Own Just Kids

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Patti Smith will be the featured speaker at the Fifth Annual Legends of Music Seminar in Cannes, France on Friday, June 24, talking about music and its place in the creative process.

The good news is this punk poetess, best selling author, and cultural avatar loves to impart what she knows about creating, down to the time of day she writes (4:30 a.m. before anyone is awake). Even more importanly, she has never shed any of her hippie ethos and is willing to share what she knows. In fact you wouldn't be wrong to say that Smith, who wrote "Power To the People" with her late husband Fred "Sonic" Smith, has a singularly egalitarian view of art - and that might be one of the strongest foundations of her greatness.

"The vision and process of the artist may be his own, but the fruits of his labors, ultimately, belong to the people," she said in a statement about the seminar. "[The] definitive goal of any artist, in all mediums, is to communicate, inspire, and incite, and an open line with the people he serves is his greatest reward." She'll be interviewed onstage by Tim Mellors, Vice Chairman and Worldwide Chief Creative Director, Grey Group, and will answer any questions you have about summoning your own muse.

Past speakers at the music seminar have been Yoko Ono in 2010, Little Steven Van Zandt in 2009, Tony Bennett in 2008, and Donovan and John Legend in 2007.

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Jaan Uhelszki was one of the founding editors at Detroit’s legendary Creem magazine. Since that time, her work has appeared in USA Today, Uncut, Rolling Stone, Spin, NME, Relix, and Guitar World. She is the only journalist to have ever performed in full makeup with Kiss. Luckily she only had to put…

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