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Pioneering artist and punk icon Patti Smith performs original spoken-word stories from her life, interspersed with songs. Named one of the most influential people in the world in TIME Magazine’s TIME 100, Patti Smith is a poet, singer, songwriter, photographer, and fine artist. A seminal American artist, Smith has produced a body of work whose influence branches out through generations, across disciplines, and around the world.
Born in Chicago and raised in South Jersey, and emerging in the nascent cultural hotbed of mid-70s New York City, Patti Smith forged a reputation as one of the decade’s first visionary artists—merging poetry and rock in vital new ways. Her 1975 debut album, Horses, is routinely ranked as one of the greatest albums of all time. In 2007, she was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. In 2010, she won the National Book Award for Non-Fiction for Just Kids, a bestselling memoir about her early days in New York when she met, and made art with, her friend Robert Mapplethorpe. Just Kids is currently being developed into a TV series for Showtime, with Smith co-writing and producing the show. Her next memoir was M Train: a globe-spanning, exquisite remembrance of places, people, and art—the works and experiences that most informed her singular life. Her latest release is Devotion, described as “an inspired exploration of the nature of creative invention.” In September 2019, Smith published Year of the Monkey, a profound, beautifully realized memoir in which dreams and reality are vividly woven into a tapestry of one transformative year in her life.