Patti Smith

Born 30 December 1946.
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Patti Smith: Key of Life interview with Mary Anne

Punk poet and true artist Patti Smith opens up to Mary Anne. It's a beautiful interview.

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Patricia Lee "Patti" Smith (born December 30, 1946) is an American singer-songwriter, poet and visual artist who became a highly influential component of the New York City punk rock movement with her 1975 debut album Horses.

Called the "Godmother of Punk", her work is a fusion of rock and poetry. Smith's most widely known song is "Because the Night", which was co-written with Bruce Springsteen and reached number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1978. In 2005, Patti Smith was named a Commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture, and in 2007, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. On November 17, 2010, she won the National Book Award for her memoir Just Kids. She is also a recipient of the 2011 Polar Music Prize.

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  1. Review of Banga

    Banga 2012

    Reviewed by Garry Mulholland
    It may sound like cliché over compliment, but this really is her best LP since Horses.
  2. Review of Outside Society

    Outside Society 2011

    Reviewed by David Sheppard
    A fine place to sample much of Smith’s considerable oeuvre.
  3. Review of Twelve

    Twelve 2007

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    'Twelve' - in turns revelatory, misjudged and even, in places, banal - is not all that...
  4. Review of Trampin'

    Trampin' 2004

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    Nearly 30 years after her extraordinary debut album Patti Smith is still taking her...
  5. Review of Horses

    Horses 1975

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    At the time it was a shock to the system – it retains its power to this day.
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