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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", she integrated the beat poetry performance style with three-chord rock. 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 Minister 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."
March 4, 2011
Morrissey will headline this year’s Hop Farm festival in Kent, it’s been announced. The former Smiths star will play on Saturday of the event, which takes place at the Hop Farm in Paddock Wood from July 1-2. It will be his only festival appearance of 2011. Read more
January 26, 2011
Patrick Wolf has revealed that he will be joining Patti Smith on her current UK tour. Wolf, who has previously toured with Patti Smith, announced that her would be re-joining her for the rest of the tour. Read more
November 18, 2010
Patti Smith has asked publishers and book lovers to make a stand against modern technology, to keep traditional books alive. The singer made the appeal after winning a National Book Award for her memoir, 'Just For Kids', whilst collecting 6,250 pound prize, reports BBC News. Read more
November 4, 2010
R.E.M. star Mike Mills has revealed that the band's new album will feature a star-studded list of special guests. 'Collapse Into Now', which is due out in early 2011, includes Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Patti Smith and Peaches. Read more
July 2, 2010
Patti Smith has taken part in a tribute to the nine people who died during a crowd surge at the Roskilde festival ten years ago. The festival-goers were crushed to death against an outdoor stage when over 50,000 fans moved forward during a Pearl Jam set in June 2000. Read more
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