Patti Smith

Patti Smith
Smith performing at Provinssirock festival in Seinäjoki, Finland, June 2007
Smith performing at Provinssirock festival in Seinäjoki, Finland, June 2007
Background information
Birth namePatricia Lee Smith
Born (1946-12-30) December 30, 1946 (age 74)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
OriginDeptford Township, New Jersey, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer-songwriter
  • poet
  • visual artist
  • author
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • clarinet
Years active1967–present
Labels
Associated acts
Websitepattismith.net
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Patricia Lee Smith (born December 30, 1946)[5] is an American singer-songwriter, musician, author, and poet who became an influential component of the New York City punk rock movement with her 1975 debut album Horses.[1]

Called the "punk poet laureate", Smith fused rock and poetry in her work. Her most widely known song is "Because the Night", which was co-written with Bruce Springsteen. It reached number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1978[1] and number five in the U.K. In 2005, Smith was named a Commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture.[6] In 2007, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.[7]

On November 17, 2010, Smith won the National Book Award for her memoir Just Kids.[8] The book fulfilled a promise she had made to her former long-time partner, Robert Mapplethorpe. She placed 47th in Rolling Stone magazine's list of 100 Greatest Artists published in December 2010[9] and was also a recipient of the 2011 Polar Music Prize.

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  2. ^ "Patti Smith – Land: Horses/Land Of A Thousand Dances/La Mer (De)". Paste. Retrieved October 28, 2015.
  3. ^ Murray, Noel (May 28, 2015). "60 minutes of music that sum up art-punk pioneers Wire". The A.V. Club. Retrieved October 28, 2015.
  4. ^ Lucy O'Brien (October 16, 2003). She Bop II: The Definitive History of Women in Rock, Pop and Soul. A&C Black. p. 118. ISBN 978-0-8264-3529-3.
  5. ^ Bockris, Victor; Bayley, Roberta (1999). Patti Smith: an unauthorized biography. Simon and Schuster. p. 19. ISBN 978-0-684-82363-8.
  6. ^ "Remise des insignes de Commandeur dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres à Patti Smith 'Solidays'" (in French). Paris: French Ministry of Culture. July 10, 2005. Retrieved April 18, 2009.
  7. ^ "Patti Smith profile". Cleveland, Ohio: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 2007. Retrieved April 18, 2009.
  8. ^ Cite error: The named reference nba2010 was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  9. ^ "Patti Smith | 100 Greatest Artists". Rolling Stone. December 2, 2010. Retrieved September 4, 2016.