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Music: Patti Smith

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Patti Smith, 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 Punk Rock 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 fruitful collaboration was scuppered by Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols' sneering on-stage reference to 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 B-Side to "When Love Comes to Town", gaining almost as much radio airplay as the A-side.

Discography:
  • Horses (1975)
  • Agents of Fortune (Blue Öyster Cult, 1976) on which Patti was a guest artiste and provided or co-wrote four songs.
  • Radio Ethiopia (1976)
  • Easter (1978)
  • Wave (1979)
  • Dream Of Life (1988)
  • Gone Again (1996)
  • Peace And Noise (1997)
  • Gung Ho (2000)
  • Trampin' (2004)
  • Twelve (2007)
  • Banga (2012)


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