AMERICAN MASTERS DIGITAL ARCHIVE - Patti Smith on the Scene

Singer-songwriter, poet and visual artist Patti Smith discusses the early days of punk rock. In this never-before-heard interview from Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart (1998) conducted by filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, Smith paints a picture of the vibrant music scene of 1970s New York City, talks about her influences and shares her thoughts on art, poetry, censorship and punk.

In this video excerpt from the interview, Patti Smith talks about how we live in a very label-conscious time and hopes one day for a label-free future.