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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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Patti Smith says it's tough for young musicians in modern New York – watch

Patti Smith says it's tough for young musicians in modern New York – watch

Smith assesses difficulties faced by those in the creative arts in USA

  • Apr 11, 2014

Patti Smith: 'Lou Reed was New York City'

The punk poet pays further tribute to the late Velvet Underground frontman

  • Apr 5, 2014

Patti Smith reveals new track 'Mercy Is'

The track is a collaboration with Kronos Quartet and Clint Mansell

  • Mar 16, 2014

New Order and Iggy Pop play Joy Division songs during Tibet benefit in New York – watch

The Tibet House US Benefit also featured performances from The National, Iggy Pop and Patti Smith

  • Mar 12, 2014

Patti Smith pays tribute to 'kind' Lou Reed

Singer-songwriter writes article about her late friend

  • Nov 4, 2013

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Redondo Beach Play Video

Redondo Beach

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Smith & Thell - Super DJ

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Super DJ (Official Video)

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Patti Smith Reviews

Patti Smith - 'Banga'

Patti Smith - 'Banga'

Patti Smith proves that her talent has not faded with time

  • Jun 1, 2012

Live Review : The Music Of REM

Carnegie Hall, New York Wednesday, March 11

  • Mar 30, 2009

Patti Smith

Twelve

  • Apr 18, 2007

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