Patti Smith, born in Chicago and raised in South Jersey, migrated to New York in 1967, where she met Robert Mapplethorpe and together they encouraged each other to attain their artistic pursuits.
In 1975 Patti Smith’s first recording, Horses, became a seminal album, followed by Radio Ethiopia, Easter and Wave. In 1980 she relocated to Detroit, married Fred “Sonic” Smith, and had two children, Jackson and Jesse, both now musicians in their own right. In 1988, Patti and Fred Smith recorded Dream of Life. After Fred’s passing in 1994, Patti moved back to New York to transition into the next phase of her life.
The albums recorded since then have been Gone Again, Peace and Noise, Gung Ho, trampin, Twelve, as well as a compilation album entitled Land and a reissue of Horses, entitles Horses/Horses.
Patti Smith is the author of Witt, Babel, Coral Sea, Woolgathering, Auguries of Innocence and the currently acclaimed memoir, Just Kids, which was awarded the 2010 National Book Award.
As well as a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Patti Smith was listed amongst the TIME 100 most influential people in the world as well as one of Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Artists.
Patti Smith and her band have completed a new studio recording due to be released in the summer of 2012, she continues performing, writing, creating art and supporting human rights issues.