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On DVD: "Patti Smith: Dream of Life," "The Deal"

By Michael Atkinson

The DVD era has been very generous to low-grade biodocs focused on culty, semi-obscure pop wonders -- everyone from the Holy Moly Rounders to Roky Erickson, Benjamin Smoke, Townes Van Zandt, Gary Wilson, Joy Division, They Might Be Giants, Scott Walker, et cetera, have received their official, devotional, feature-length eulogy. Graveside homilies they are, too, there's little point in denying it -- for the aging musicians of the '60s, '70s and '80s as well as for our long-lost younger selves, now only faint traces of remembered élan, hope and indestructibility. Of course, Patti Smith, like Leonard Cohen and the Ramones (so nicely requiem-ed in 2003's "End of the Century"), is far from little known, but she still occupies that musty corner of pop legend-dom: more admired than listened to, known for her history more than her songs, aging into a kind of marginal retro-hipness

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