Music: Say Yeah!

Wearing a black gabardine jacket, jeans and black ballet slippers, she gyrates around the stage like a Jagger in drag, hips pumping and fists punching the air. "We're gonna have a real good time together!" she cries. "We're gonna talk and shout and shoot together!"

The shouting comes from Patti Smith, 29, an intriguing newcomer on the rock-music scene whose first album, Horses (Arista), has been climbing fast since its release in November. A few months ago, she was just another aspiring singer on Manhattan's underground nightspot circuit. Grafted to primitive three-chord rock, Smith's...

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