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Patti Smith


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Patti Smith, born in Chicago and raised in South Jersey, migrated to New York City in 1967. Her extensive achievements as a performer, author, recording and visual artist is acknowledged worldwide.

Released in 1975, Smith's first recording, 'Horses', was inducted into the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress in 2010 by the National Recording Preservation Board. Her subsequent albums include 'Radio Ethiopia', 'Easter', which included 'Because the Night', cowritten with Bruce Springsteen, 'Wave', 'Dream of Life', which included 'People Have the Power' cowritten with her late husband Fred Sonic Smith, 'Gone Again', 'Peace and Noise', 'Gung Ho', 'Trampin'', 'Land', 'Twelve', 'Banga', and 'Outside Society'. She is a four-time Grammy® nominee and a Golden Globe nominee for the song 'Mercy Is' cowritten with Lenny Kay for the film 'Noah'. Steven Sebring's 2008 documentary, 'Patti Smith: Dream of Life', received an Emmy nomination.

Patti Smith was awarded the prestigious 2010 National Book Award for her bestselling memoir, 'Just Kids', chronicling her deep friendship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe and the evolution of their work.
Her books include 'Witt', 'Babel', 'Woolgathering', 'The Coral Sea', 'Auguries of Innocence', 'Collected Lyrics', 'M Train', 'Devotion' and 'Year of the Monkey'.

Smith holds the honor of 'Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres' from the French Ministry of Culture. In 2007 she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She was honored by ASCAP with the Founders Award in 2010, representing lifetime achievement, and was the recipient of Sweden's 2011 Polar Award, an international acknowledgement for significant achievements in music. In 2013, Smith received the Katharine Hepburn Medal from Bryn Mawr College, recognizing women whose contributions embody the drive and work ethic of the celebrated actress.
In 2014, Barnard College Board of Trustees presented Patti Smith with their Medal of Distinction. In 2016, she was awarded the Burke Medal for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts in Trinity College, Dublin.

Smith's photographs, drawings, and installations have been exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide. Coupled with her photography exhibit 'Higher Learning', Smith received the Laurea Magistrate causa from Parma, Italy and an honorary doctorate in Euro-American Literature from Padova University. She was awarded The Badge of the Austrian Decoration of Science and Art in 2019.

Her renowned band includes guitarist and author Lenny Kaye, who she has collaborated with since 1971, drummer Jay Dee Daugherty since 1975, Tony Shanahan on bass and keyboards, since 1996, and her son, guitarist Jackson Smith, for over a decade.

At present Smith writes, performs, lending support for human-rights issues and environmental groups, primarily Pathway to Paris, a nonprofit organization co-founded by her daughter, Jesse Paris Smith, offering tangible solutions for combatting global climate.
In May, Smith will receive the PEN Literary Service Award, and an honorary Doctorate from Columbia University. She resides in New York City.

Patti Smith

Patti Smith (Photo by Steven Sebring)

  • 27 Jan, 2020

    Patti Smith: Royal Albert Hall, London

    The singer/song-writer, author and poet Patti Smith and Her Band will performing at the Royal Albert Hall, London this November.
    Tickets on sale on Friday at 10.00am.


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  • 12 Jan, 2020

    Patti Smith: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

    Patti Smith performed a cover of Neil Young's 'After The Gold Rush', on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.


  • 18 Dec, 2019

    Patti Smith: Azkena Rock Festival 2020

    Azkena Rock Festival in Vitoria / Gasteiz, Spain between 19th-20th June, will feature Patti Smith and Band.


  • 18 Dec, 2019

    Patti Smith: Spring Gathering Festival 2020

    Patti Smith and Band will play at Bearded Theory's Spring Gathering festival in Derbyshire between 21st-24th May.


  • 20 Nov, 2019

    Patti Smith: German Tour 2020

    Patti Smith has announced details of her German tour for June 2020.


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  • 25 Oct, 2019

    Patti Smith: Australian Dates 2020

    Patti Smith has announced Australian tour dates for April 2020.


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  • 02 Apr, 2019

    All Together Now 2019

    The All Together Now festival takes place in Waterford, Ireland from 2nd-4th August, and is SOLD OUT!. It features Primary Talent International and Decked Out artists:

    ...Patti Smith
    ...Neneh Cherry
    ...Loyle Carner
    ...Anna Calvi
    ...Erol Alkan
    ...Just Mustard


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  • 26 Apr, 2018

    Patti Smith: 'Horses' Documentary In The Independent

    Watch Patti Smith perform 'Land' from the forthcoming documentary 'Horses: Patti Smith & Her Band', in The Independent.


  • 25 Apr, 2018

    Patti Smith: Onstage With Springsteen & Stipe

    Patti Smith was joined onstage by Bruce Springsteen and R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe, at New York's Beacon Theatre, where they performed 'Because The Night' and 'People Have The Power'.
    Watch online on the NME website.


  • 16 Apr, 2018

    Heartland Festival 2018

    The Heartland Festival takes place in Denmark from 31st May until 2nd June, and will feature Primary Talent artists:

    ...Patti Smith & Her Band


22 May 20Bath Festival at The ForumBath
10 Jun 20StadtparkHamburg, Germany
12 Jun 20Citadel Music FestivalBerlin, Germany
13 Jun 20Junge GardeDresden, Germany
15 Jun 20Freiluftbuhne KillesbergStuttgart, Germany
16 Jun 20JahrhunderthalleFrankfurt, Germany
18 Jun 20Festival Jardins PedralbesBarcelona, Spain
20 Jun 20Azkena Rock FestivalVitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
23 Jun 20Universal Music Festival Teatro RealMadrid, Spain
18 Jul 20Stimmen FestivalLorrach, Germany
19 Jul 20Tollwood Summer FestivalMunich, Germany
21 Jul 20Forum KarlinPrague, Czech Rep
23 Jul 20Arena Open AirVienna, Austria
24 Jul 20BrucknerhausLinz, Austria
02 Nov 20Royal Albert HallLondon
03 Nov 20Royal Albert HallLondon