Patti Smith Headshot

Patti Smith

Get Patti Smith Email Alerts

Be the first to get news, photos, videos & more.

Patti Smith BIO

Smith 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.

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 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. In 2007, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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

Patti Smith Photos

Patti Smith Videos

Patti Smith News


Kelly Howe follows up her incredible performance as Linda Ronstadt with another dynamic rock ‘n roll performance highlighting her immense range. She uses every type of timbre and quality from falsetto to chest/head voice and belt. While the song set won’t be revealed in this review in order to keep some of the mysterious fun of production, Howe does get to tear into the music of Jimi Hendrix, The Animals, Led Zeppelin, Tears for Fears, Patti Smith and Roy Orbison. Howe’s big voice delivers and rocks the house in a Stevie Nicks-esque performance. The music she and Hanrahan chose to include in this show offers something for everyone across generations of music lovers. The musical highlight of the night was 1978 hit “Because the Night” by The Patti Smith Band that was again covered in 1993 by 10,000 Maniacs featuring Natalie Merchant on vocals. Howe slayed this song while the audience nodded along with the drumbeat. One thing is certain, Howe knows how to deliver a rock ‘n roll song with grand panache.

The National Drop Surprise Album 'Laugh Track'

The 12-song Laugh Track is a companion to and features material originally started in the same sessions as First Two Pages of Frankenstein, which was released by 4AD in April. The National has also confirmed additional U.S. tour dates this fall, as well as Australian shows next spring with support from longtime friends Fleet Foxes.

Previews: Midnight Company to Present PROFESSOR SUNSHINE'S TRAVELING POST-APOCALYPTIC ROCK 'N ROLL REVIVAL at The Blue Strawberry Showroom And Lounge

Kelly Howe and Joe Hanrahan, the creative minds behind the blockbuster Linda Ronstadt show JUST ONE LOOK are premiering a brand-new narrative driven cabaret show titled PROFESSOR SUNSHINE’S TRAVELING POST-APOCALYPTIC ROCK AND ROLL REVIVAL on September 20th and 23rd at The Blue Strawberry in St. Louis. Loosely based on Old West Traveling shows, PROFESSOR SUNSHINE’S TRAVELING POST-APOCALYPTIC ROCK AND ROLL REVIVAL will feature the music of Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Patti Smith and more.

Vakili Band Launches Album Pre-order With New Single 'To the Park'

Finding the sweet spot in the nexus formed by Patti Smith’s loose-limbed punk swagger, Grace Slick’s inviting psychedelia, and the throaty blues-belting of a Janis Joplin, not to mention the full-throated howl of a Grace Potter or Brittany Howard, Vakili Band have launched the pre-order for the upcoming album, Honey, with the new single.

MaryAnne Piccolo to Present LILITH FLARE at Arlene's Grocery This Friday

On Friday, July 14th, 2022 Arlene's Grocery will present MaryAnne Piccolo's 90s tribute “Lilith Flare” celebrating the music and storytelling of incredible female artists such as  Patti Smith, Joan Osborne, Dolores O'Riordan, Dionne Farris, Alanis Morissette and more.

Graham Nash to be Honored and Will Perform at the 43rd Annual John Lennon Tribute Benefit Concert at The Town Hall

Theatre Within, the non-profit behind the Annual John Lennon Tribute since 1981, will honor two-time Rock And Roll Hall of Famer Graham Nash as the ninth recipient of the “John Lennon Real Love Award” at its 43rd Annual John Lennon Tribute.

Maggot Heart to Release New Album 'HUNGER' in September

Maggot Heart, crossover rock band based in Berlin, channels emotional alchemy through music. Consisting of guitarist and singer Linnéa Olsson, bassist Olivia Airey and drummer Uno Bruniusson, Maggot Heart refuse to be categorized. Originally from Sweden, Olsson formed Maggot Heart as a solo project in 2016.

Vakili Band Announces Album With Release of Title Track

The fiery five-piece rock band is fronted by Lily Vakili, a savvy street poet who finds the sweet spot in the nexus formed by Patti Smith’s loose-limbed punk swagger, Grace Slick’s inviting psychedelia and the throaty blues-belting of a Janis Joplin, not to mention the full-throated howl of a Grace Potter or Brittany Howard.

Julia Jacklin Shares Cover of Roland S. Howard's 'Shivers'

Julia Jacklin reveals an extraordinary cover of Roland S. Howard’s “Shivers,” putting her inspired and breathtaking spin on the track originally recorded by Howard and Nick Cave’s band The Boys Next Door. Jacklin’s glassy vocals drive the song, paying tribute to the raw emotion of the original while giving it a new breath of life with her sound.

Alberta Bair Theater Announces 2023-2024 Season

Alberta Bair Theater has announced the 2023-2024 season packed with top-notch entertainment. The excitement of live performance is reflected in the vast array of music, theater, dance, comedy, and Broadway coming to the ABT stage!

Black Dog Tavern, Co. Returns As Signature Partner Of Beach Road Weekend 2023

The Black Dog Tavern, Co. will be back as the official title partner of the Beach Road Weekend Music Festival presented by The Black Dog. Fans will once again be able to enjoy some of the hottest names in music like Mumford and Sons, Bon Iver, Leon Bridges, and dozens of others will be performing live during three days of music, food and culture August 25 - 27, 2023 at Veteran's Memorial Park on beautiful Martha's Vineyard. 

The Fab Faux Comes to State Theatre New Jersey in June

State Theatre New Jersey presents The Fab Faux on Saturday, June 17 at 8pm. Performing an evening of The Beatles greatest hits, The Fab Faux will be joined on stage by The Hogshead Horns (with Blues Brothers, Blood, Sweat & Tears and Saturday Night Live band alums) and The Creme Tangerine Strings.

The Mysterines Release New Single 'Begin Again'

Receiving its first play from Clara Amfo on BBC Radio 1 yesterday, “Begin Again” is the first single to be taken from The Mysterines’ forthcoming LP and sees the four piece build on their signature introspective lyricism, stripping instrumentation back for an incredibly powerful set up and delivery. It’s the sound of a band truly refining art.

Gogol Bordello, Green Day, Fugazi, Dead Kennedys Members Release Ukrainian Charity Single

Out on Hütz’s own label, Casa Gogol, the track features punk & hardcore heavy hitters like Tre Cool (Green Day), Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys), Joe Lally (Fugazi, The Messthetics), Roger Miret (Agnostic Front), Monte Pittman (Ministry), Sasha (Kazka) and Puzzled Panther.

Review: JUSTIN VIVIAN BOND'S NOSE GAYS Birthday Bash at Joe's Pub Celebrates With Memories, Diversity and Anger

When someone as regal (and bawdy) as Justin Vivian Bond turns 60 years old, it might be time to give whatever equivalent nobility of a Dame we New Yorkers can bestow on this downtown icon.

The National's HOMECOMING FESTIVAL Returns To Cincinnati This September

For the first time since its inaugural 2018 edition, The National's Homecoming Festival will return to Cincinnati on September 15-16. 

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Presents SHANKAR PLAYS SHANKAR

Family and tradition figure prominently in Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra's season finale when sitarist Anoushka Shankar makes her LACO debut, under Music Director Jaime Martín's baton, with a performance of Concerto No. 3 for Sitar composed by her legendary father, the late Ravi Shankar, who brought the sitar into the mainstream through his pop music collaborations with The Beatles and others.

First Single From David T. Little's BLACK LODGE 'My Childhood' Out Now

'My Childhood,' the first single from composer David T. Little's modern opera Black Lodge, is available now from Cantaloupe Music on all digital services.

U.S. National Music Council To Honor Ray And Vivian Chew At 39th Annual American Eagle Awards In Las Vegas

The National Music Council of the United States will honor music visionaries Ray Chew and Vivian Scott Chew at the organization's 39th annual American Eagle Awards on Sunday, June 25, 2023, at the American Federation of Musicians Convention in Las Vegas.

Bob Mould Announces North American Tour Dates

Bob Mould announces a fall Solo Electric tour of the United States starting on October 6 at the Atlantis in Washington, DC, and ending at the Stoughton Opera House in Stoughton, WI on October 27. Support on the tour will be the long-time bassist in Mould’s touring trio Jason Narducy. 

Get Patti Smith Email Alerts

Be the first to get news, photos, videos & more.

Contact Patti Smith



Recommended For You