If you listen to rock’n’roll, you’ll know that she was one of the most influential and important artists of the seventies.
If you read, you owe it to yourself to run (RUN!) and buy her memoir Just Kids of her life with Robert Mappleforth in New York in the late 60s/early 70s. It reduced me to tears and won a much deserved National Book award.
She continues to write, record, perform and campaign for social justice with equal amounts of utter commitment and passion. She’s the kind of heroine I’d like not only my daughter but my son to have. Though they will, of course, have to find their own.
Here she is on the Late Show in 2007: