pioneers! oh pioneers!

This is Patti Smith

Patti Smith is raw power. She’s not a knife, she’s a scalpel.  Before Patti began blowing the doors off of legendary NYC punk venue CBGB on a nightly basis in 1976, there had been a noticeable dearth of female representation in punk rock. Patti’s first album, “Horses”, is widely recognized as one of the classic albums of the early NY punk rock scene and was recently added to the library of congresses’ permanent collection (no small feat for a punk record).  A diverse group of artists ranging from Michael Stipe to Morrissey to Sonic Youth, Bruce Springsteen, and Bradford Cox all cite Patti as an important influence in their work.  Patti’s records all display her remarkable prowess at blending  visceral and intense poetry with the immediacy and power of rock and roll, something she has continued to do for over 35 years. 

Patti hasn’t done much recently, other than being named a commander of the Order of Arts and Letters in France (2005), winning the national book award for her memoir Just Kids(2010), winning the polar music award in Sweden(2011), and gaining entrance into the Rock and Roll hall of fame(2007).  Ho-Hum.