"A pioneer of New York City’s vibrant punk scene, Patti Smith is arguably the most influential woman in rock."

NEWSWEEK: What’s your take on the possible closure of CBGB?

Patti Smith: I have various thoughts on it. I have the Jackie Onassis spirit of preservation of our historic architecture. One of the things that has drawn so many people down to the Bowery area—the people living there and the housing and shops and all of the revitalization of that area—was CBGB.

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