Punk matriarch Patti Smith was recently inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame. She wrote about the contradiction inherent in that award in this New York Times piece. She urges people to quit whining about the death of CBGBs and other punk institutions -- revolution is written, sung, and expressed in video every day, online:
Should an artist working within the revolutionary landscape of rock accept laurels from an institution? Should laurels be offered? Am I a worthy recipient?
I have wrestled with these questions and my conscience leads me back to Fred and those like him — the maverick souls who may never be afforded such honors.