->''We created it. Let's take it over.''
->--'''Patti Smith''', ''[[Music/TheWho My Generation]]''

Patricia Lee "Patti" Smith (b. 1946) is an American singer-songwriter and published poet who helped form a foundation for the American version of PunkRock with her ambitious 1975 album ''Horses''. This distinction has to be made here, as on a tour to Britain in 1976, what might otherwise have been a [[DreamTeam fruitful collaboration]] was scuppered by Johnny Rotten of the SexPistols' sneering on-stage reference to ''[[NoTrueScotsman Horses, horses, fucking horses!]]'' It had been envisaged that the British and American versions of Punk be brought together with Patti fronting the Pistols in a few covers, but Rotten's clear disdain for what he saw as pretentious twaddle, combined with Smith's reciprocal criticism of the Pistols' lack of basic musical talent, killed that nice sentiment and entrenched the separation between the two schools of Punk.

She has many popular songs, including but not limited to "Because the Night," "Dancing Barefoot," "Gloria," "Redondo Beach," and "Free Money." In 2010, she won the National Book Award for her latest book, a memoir entitled ''Just Kids''. "Dancing Barefoot" was covered by {{U2}} and appeared as the [[{{BSide}} B-Side]] to "When Love Comes to Town", gaining almost as much radio airplay as the A-side.

* ''Horses'' (1975)
* ''Radio Ethiopia'' (1976)
* ''Easter'' (1978)
* ''Wave'' (1979)
* ''Dream Of Life'' (1988)
* ''Gone Again'' (1996)
* ''Peace And Noise'' (1997)
* ''Gung Ho'' (2000)
* ''Trampin' '' (2004)
* ''[[CoverAlbum Twelve]]'' (2007)
* ''Banga'' (2012)

!!!Tropes related to Patti Smith:
* AmbiguousGender: The cover of ''Horses'', photo by Robert Mapplethorpe. Patti's relatively deep voice adds to this.
* [[AscendedFanboy Ascended Fangirl]]: Her autobiography mentions how she realised she wanted to be a singer when she saw one of the final concerts of TheDoors and thought she felt something passing from Jim Morrison to her. And then there's the whole infatuation with ArthurRimbaud...
* [[BadassGrandpa Badass Grandma]]
* TheCoverChangesTheGender: "Hey Joe". "Gloria" is notable for averting this trope.
* TheCoverChangesTheMeaning: "Gloria," "Land," and "Hey Joe". The introductory section of "Gloria" was written by Patti Smith, and a spoken word piece was added to "Hey Joe" about Patty Hearst and the Symbionese Liberation Army.
* CoverVersion: "[[Music/TheWho My Generation]]", "Hey Joe", "Gloria", "Land of a Thousand Dances" from "Land" (omitting the song's famous "na na na na" hook), "[[Music/TheByrds So You Want to Be (A Rock 'n' Roll Star)]]"
** As of 2011, Smith has added a cover of "[[Music/{{Adele}} Rolling in the Deep]]" to her live setlist.
** Also her whole CoverAlbum ''Twelve'', which includes [[Music/TheRollingStones "Gimme Shelter"]], [[Music/{{Nirvana}} "Smells Like Teen Spirit"]], [[Music/JimiHendrix "Are You Experienced?"]], [[Music/TheDoors "Soul Kitchen"]], [[Music/BobDylan "Changing of the Guards"]], [[Music/TheBeatles "Within You Without You"]], [[Music/TearsForFears "Everybody Wants to Rule the World"]] (really), [[Music/{{REM}} "Everybody Hurts"]], [[Music/PaulSimon "The Boy in the Bubble"]], and so on.
* CreatorCouple: Smith's romantic relationship with Music/BlueOysterCult keyboardist Allen Lanier lead to her writing a number of songs for the group, and performing backing vocals on a few songs. Additionally, Lanier played keyboards on her songs "Elegie", "Kimberly", and "Space Monkey".
** Her song ''Fire of Unknown Origin'' was not only recorded by the BOC, it became the title of the LP.
* DrugsAreBad: ''Poppies'', ''Horse(s)''
* DrivenToSuicide: "Redondo Beach".
* EpicRocking: Most of her albums have at least one song pushing 10 minutes, frequently based around her poetry.
* FanNickname: "The Godmother of Punk".
* GriefSong: Much of her mid-90s material, after both her husband, her brother, and one of her band members died almost at the same time.
* IncomingHam: [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome Arguably]] the opening lines of the opening song on her debut album.
-->Jesus died for somebody's sins, but not mine/Meltin' in a pot of thieves/Wild card up my sleeve/Slick heart of stone/My sins my own/They belong to '''ME.''' '''ME.'''
* IntentionallyAwkwardTitle: "Piss Factory," "Pissing in a River," "Rock 'n' Roll Nigger"
* IntercourseWithYou: "Because the Night"
* UsefulNotes/LosAngeles: "Redondo Beach"
* LyricalDissonance: "Redondo Beach" sounds upbeat, but the lyrics are likely about a girl who drowned herself after a quarrel with the narrator.
* LadyLooksLikeADude
* OneHitWonder: Like {{Devo}}, despite her long, acclaimed career, she's only had one real hit: "Because the Night". The fact that it was co-written with BruceSpringsteen might have something to do with it.
* RefrainFromAssuming: The "[[AlbumTitleDrop Horses! Horses! Horses! Horses!]]" song on ''Horses'' is actually called "Land." To further confuse matters, the song "Distant Fingers" on ''Radio Ethiopia'' has the chorus "Land, land, land."
* RousingSpeech: "People Have The Power", "Rock 'n' Roll Nigger"
* [[HesBack She's Back]]: Between 1980 and 1995, she basically retired from rock music to raise her kids. Then she picked up where she left off.
* ShoutOut: "Radio Ethiopia" supposedly refers to poet Arthur Rimbaud's dying wishes. "Piss Factory" mentions JamesBrown. "About a Boy"'s title references {{Nirvana}}'s "About a Girl".
** ''Banga'' is a series of portraits of people including Emperor Constantine, Amerigo Vespucci, and [[Literature/TheHungerGames Katniss Everdeen]].
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Way over there on the idealistic side. To give you an idea, one of her more famous songs is called "People Have the Power".
* TheLancer: Lenny Kaye, who's been her guitarist since her very first gig in 1971.