Patti Smith

Singer-songwriter + Poet + Artist

Patricia Lee "Patti" Smith 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. Now, once again her influence on youth culture has been resurrected for this new generation at the lead of her adopted artist son Daniel Newman, as well as, many others in the NY bohemian art world today.… Read More

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1946 Birth Born on December 30, 1946.


1964 17 Years Old Smith graduated from Deptford Township High School in 1964 and went to work in a factory.


1967 20 Years Old 1 More Event
She gave birth to her first child, a daughter, on April 26, 1967, and chose to place her for adoption.
1969 - 1971 2 More Events
1974 27 Years Old By 1974, Patti Smith was performing rock music, initially with guitarist, bassist and rock archivist Lenny Kaye, and later with a full band comprising Kaye, Ivan Kral on guitar and bass, Jay Dee Daugherty on drums and Richard Sohl on piano. … Read More
1975 28 Years Old The Patti Smith Group was signed by Clive Davis of Arista Records, and in 1975 recorded their first album, Horses, produced by John Cale amid some tension. … Read More


1977 30 Years Old On January 23, 1977, while touring in support of Radio Ethiopia, Smith accidentally danced off a high stage in Tampa, Florida, and fell 15 feet into a concrete orchestra pit, breaking several neck vertebrae. … Read More


1988 41 Years Old In June 1988, she released the album Dream of Life, which included the song "People Have the Power".
1994 47 Years Old Fred Smith died on November 4, 1994, of a heart attack. … Read More
1995 48 Years Old She toured briefly with Bob Dylan in December 1995 (chronicled in a book of photographs by Stipe).
1996 49 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1996, Smith worked with her long-time colleagues to record Gone Again, featuring "About a Boy", a tribute to Kurt Cobain. … Read More


2000 - 2002 2 More Events
2004 57 Years Old On April 27, 2004, Patti Smith released Trampin' which included several songs about motherhood, partly in tribute to Smith's mother, who had died two years before. … Read More
Smith curated the Meltdown festival in London on June 25, 2005, the penultimate event being the first live performance of Horses in its entirety. … Read More
2006 59 Years Old From November 2006 - January 2007, an exhibition called 'Sur les Traces' at Trolley Gallery, London, featured polaroid prints taken by Patti Smith and donated to Trolley to raise awareness and funds for the publication of Double Blind, a book on the war in Lebanon in 2006, with photographs by Paolo Pellegrin, a member of Magnum Photos. … Read More


From March 28 to June 22, 2008, the Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain in Paris hosted a major exhibition of the visual artwork of Patti Smith, Land 250, drawn from pieces created between 1967 and 2007.
2009 62 Years Old On September 10, 2009, after a week of smaller events and exhibitions in the city, Smith played an open-air concert in Florence's Piazza Santa Croce, commemorating her performance in the same city 30 years earlier. … Read More
In 2010, Patti Smith's book, Just Kids, a memoir of her time in 1970s Manhattan and her relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe, was published; it later won the National Book Award for Nonfiction.
On May 3, 2011, it was announced that Patti Smith is one of the winners of the Polar Music Prize: "By devoting her life to art in all its forms, Patti Smith has demonstrated how much rock'n'roll there is in poetry and how much poetry there is in rock'n'roll. … Read More
In February 2012, she was a guest at the Sanremo Music Festival.
Smith was honored by Bryn Mawr College by receiving the 2013 Katharine Hepburn Medal on February 7, 2013.
2014 67 Years Old The Vatican announced that Smith would play at the Concerto di Natale, the official Vatican Christmas Concert, on December 13, 2014; the performance, held at Rome's Auditorium Conciliazione, was also broadcast live on television.
On August 23, 2015, Smith sang "Aqua Teen Dream", the closing theme song to the final episode of Aqua Teen Hunger Force on Adult Swim.
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