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Patti Smith and Her Band

Patti Smith, born in Chicago and raised in South Jersey, migrated to New York in 1967.

In 1975 Patti Smith’s first recording, Horses, was inducted into the National Recording Registry in 2010 at The Library of Congress by the National Recording Preservation Board. Her subsequent albums are Radio Ethiopia, Easter, and Wave, Dream of Life, Gone Again, Peace and Noise, Gung Ho, trampin, Land, twelve, and most currently, Banga.

Author of the acclaimed memoir, Just Kids, which chronicled her friendship and journey in art with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, Patti Smith was awarded the 2010 National Book Award. Her other books include Witt, Babel, Coral Sea, Woolgathering, and Auguries of Innocence.

Patti Smith’s art has been exhibited at galleries and museums worldwide. Represented by the Robert Miller Gallery in New York since 1978, her exhibitions include Strange Messenger, Land 250, and Camera Solo. Steven Sebring’s 2008 documentary, dream of life: the movie, was acknowledged internationally and received an Emmy nomination.

As well as a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Patti Smith also holds the honor of “Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres from the French Ministry of Culture, and has been awarded honorary doctorates from Rowan State University, Pratt Institute of Art, and the School of Art Institute Chicago. Patti Smith was honored by ASCAP with the Founders Award, representing lifetime achievement, and the recipient of Sweden’s Polar Award that is an international acknowledgement for significant achievements in music.

On February 7, 2013, Smith was awarded the Katharine Hepburn Medal from Bryn Mawr College, which recognizes women whose lives, work and contributions embody the same drive and accomplishments as the four-time winning actress. On May 18, 2014, Barnard College Board of Trustees will present Patti Smith with their Medal of Distinction that honors individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in their communities, and their careers.

Patti Smith continues to write, perform readings, work on artistic projects, and lends support for human right issues. She and her band are continually touring worldwide and preparing for future recording projects. Current tour dates and other information is posted on

Videos & Press
  • Concert Review: Patti Smith Displays her Punk Rock Fury at Carnegie Music Hall

    [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette] By Scott Mervis And the Punk-for-Life Longevity Award goes to … wait, punk rock doesn’t need any stinkin’ awards. But if punk rock HAD awards, this one would go to Patti Smith, who showed up at Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland Monday night as fierce — no, more so than she was the […]

  • Congratulations to High Road Touring’s GRAMMY Nominees!

    Album of the Year Alabama Shakes, Sound and Color Best Rock Performance Alabama Shakes, “Don’t Wanna Fight” Best Alternative Music Album Alabama Shakes, Sound & Color Wilco, Star Wars Best Americana Album Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell (Official) (album) The Traveling Kind Best Rock Song Alabama Shakes, “Don’t Wanna Fight” Best American Roots Song Emmylou […]

  • Watch Patti Smith & Joan Baez Perform ‘People Have The Power’ at Paléo 2015

    Paléo 2015 – Patti Smith & Joan Baez – "People… by paleo

  • Patti Smith Rekindles Some Roxy Magic

    [LA Times] By Randall Roberts Writer, singer and rock ‘n’ roll disciple Patti Smith returned to the Roxy in West Hollywood nearly 40 years after her first set at the Sunset Strip club. That show, on Jan. 30, 1976, was broadcast on FM radio and later pressed onto a bootleg LP. This one was captured […]

  • 10 Albums and Books That Make a Perfect Fit

    [Consequence of Sound] By Lior Phillips, Matt Melis and CoS Staff Soundtracking Life, a new monthly feature created by Lior Phillips and co-developed with Matt Melis, aims to pair everyday life with the music that underscores, speaks to, and enhances our experiences. This month, the CoS Staff soundtracks 10 of our favorite books. There is […]

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