Patti Smith Biography
Patti Smith (Full name- Patricia Lee Smith) is an American singer-songwriter, poet, and visual artist who was born on December 30, 1946, Chicago, Illinois, U.S. With her 1975 debut album Horses, Smith became an influential component of the New York City punk rock movement. She was dubbed poet punk laureate due to fusing rock and poetry in her work.
Smith is most famous for her song Because the Night, co-written with Bruce Springsteen. In 1978, the song reached number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number five in the U.K. Smith was named by the French Ministry of Culture as a Commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2005. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.
Smith’s memoir Just Kids won her the National Book Award on November 17, 2010. The memoir became a fulfillment of a promise she had made to Robert Mapplethorpe, her former long-time roommate and partner. Smith received the Polar Music Prize for 2011 and was slotted 47th in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of 100 Greatest Artists published in December 2010.
Patti Smith Family
Smith was born to Beverly Smith a jazz singer turned waitress, and Grant Smith, who worked as a machine operator at a Honeywell plant. She was the first-born in a family of four children. The family moved from Chicago to the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia when Smith was 4 before moving to Pitman, New Jersey and then to The Woodbury Gardens section of Deptford Township, New Jersey.
Patti Smith Husband
Smith had a long-time partner Allen Lanier with whom they seperated later. She went on to meet Fred “Sonic” Smith and they got married. Fred was a former guitar player for Detroit rock band MC5 and his own Sonic’s Rendezvous Band. Smith wrote Dancing Barefoot and Frederick as dedications to Fred for his love for poetry. Fans joked that the only reason she married Fred was because she would not have to change her name. Her husband, Fred Smith died unexpectedly from a heart attack on November 4, 1994.
Patti Smith Kids | Children
Smith gave birth to her first child, a daughter, when she was 21 years of age on April 26, 1967. She chose to place her for adoption. She later got married to Fred Smith and together they had a son, Jackson, 1982, and a daughter, Jesse, 1987. Jackson married, The White Stripes drummer, Meg White in 2009.
Patti Smith Age | Net Worth
Born on December 30, 1946, Chicago, Illinois, U.S., Smith is 72 years old as of 2018. She is estimated to have a net worth of $16 million.
Patti Smith Horses
Smith released her debut studio album Horses, on November 10, 1975 on Arista Records where she was signed. Smith had began recording the album the same year (1975) with her then- proliferating band New York punk rock music scene. John Cale was enlisted to produce the album.
Patti Smith Just Kids | Robert Mapplethorpe
On January 19, 2010, Smith published Just Kids, a memoir documenting her relationship with artist Robert Mapplethorpe. The memoir became a fulfillment of a promise she had made to Robert Mapplethorpe, her former long-time roommate and partner. Mapplethorpe died in 1989 due to HIV/AIDS related complications.
Patti Smith Because The Night
Bruce Springsteen wrote Because the Night which was recorded by Smith. It was first released in 1978 as a single from the Patti Smith Group album Easter. The song charted number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, as well as number 5 in the United Kingdom, and became the driving force of Easter’s mainstream success.
Patti Smith Quotes
- Jesus died for somebody’s sins but not mine.
- Never let go of that fiery sadness called desire.
- In art and dream may you proceed with abandon. In life may you proceed with balance and stealth.
- Those who have suffered understand suffering and therefore extend their hand.
- As far as I’m concerned, being any gender is a drag.
- People have the power to redeem the work of fools.
- To me, punk rock is the freedom to create, freedom to be successful, freedom to not be successful, freedom to be who you are. It’s freedom.
- When I was younger, I felt it was my duty to wake people up. I thought poetry was asleep. I thought rock ‘n’ roll was asleep.
- An artist is somebody who enters into competition with God.
- Americans just don’t know what being a movie star’s all about.
Patti Smith Young
Young Patti Smith
Patti Smith Discography | Albums
- 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)
- Twelve (2007)
- Banga (2012)
Patti Smith Nobel Prize
Patti Smith seemed to forget the lyrics when performing a Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall at the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize awarding ceremony. She gracefully apologized and gave it a second go.
Patti Smith Horses Lyrics
From the other end of the hallway a rhythm was generating
Another boy was sliding up the hallway
He merged perfectly with the hallway,
He merged perfectly, the mirror in the hallway
But the movie kept moving as planned
The boy took Johnny, he pushed him against the locker,
He drove it in, he drove it home, he drove it deep in Johnny
The boy disappeared, Johnny fell on his knees,
Started crashing his head against the locker,
Started crashing his head against the locker,
Started laughing hysterically
Horses, horses, horses, horses
Coming in in all directions
White shining, silver studs with their nose in flames,
He saw horses, horses, horses, horses, horses, horses, horses, horses.
Do you know how to pony like bony maroney
Do you know how to twist, well it goes like this, it goes like this
Baby mash potato, do the alligator, do the alligator
And you twist the twister like your baby sister
I want your baby sister, give me your baby sister, dig your baby sister
Rise up on her knees, do the sweet pea, do the sweet pee pee,
Roll down on her back, got to lose control, got to lose control,
Got to lose control and then you take control,
Then you’re rolled down on your back and you like it like that,
Like it like that, like it like that, like it like that,
Then you do the watusi, yeah do the watusi
Angel looks down at him and says, “Oh, pretty boy,
Can’t you show me nothing but surrender?”
Johnny gets up, takes off his leather jacket,
Taped to his chest there’s the answer,
You got pen knives and jack knives and
Switchblades preferred, switchblades preferred
Then he cries, then he screams, saying
Life is full of pain, I’m cruisin’ through my brain
And I fill my nose with snow and go Rimbaud,
Go Rimbaud, go Rimbaud,
And go Johnny go, and do the watusi, oh do the watusi
It’s a pretty little place, it’s across the tracks,
Across the tracks and the name of the place is you like it like that,
You like it like that, you like it like that, you like it like that,
And the name of the band is the
Twistelettes, Twistelettes, Twistelettes, Twistelettes,
Twistelettes, Twistelettes, Twistelettes, Twistelettes
On the night, in the eye of the forest
There’s a mare black and shining with yellow hair,
I put my fingers through her silken hair and found a stair,
I didn’t waste time, I just walked right up and saw that
Up there, there is a sea
Up there, there is a sea
Up there, there is a sea
The sea’s the possibility
There is no land but the land (Up there is just a sea of possibilities)
There is no sea but the sea (Up there is a wall of possibilities)
There is no keeper of the key (Up there there are several walls of possibilities)
Except for one who seizes possibilities, one who seizes possibilities. (Up there)
I seize the first possibility, is the sea around me
I was standing there with my legs spread like a sailor
I felt his hand on my knee (On the screen)
And I looked at Johnny and handed him a branch of cold flame (In the heart of man)
The waves were coming in like Arabian stallions
Gradually lapping into sea horses
He picked up the blade and he pressed it against his smooth throat(The spoon)
And let it deep in (The veins)
Dip in to the sea, to the sea of possibilities (It started hardening)
Dip in to the sea, to the sea of possibilities
But no more, no more, I gotta move from my mind to the area
(Go Rimbaud, go Rimbaud, go Rimbaud)
And go Johnny go and do the watusi,
Yeah do the watusi, do the watusi
Shined open, coiled snakes white and shiny twirling and encircling
Our lives are now entwined, we will fall yes we’re together twining
Your nerves, your mane of the black shining horse
And my fingers all entwined in your silky hair,
I could feel it, it was the hair going through my fingers,
The hairs were like wires going through my body
I, I that’s how I
That’s how I
I died (At that Tower of Babel they knew what they were after)
(They knew what they were after)
(Everything on the current) Moved up
I tried to stop it, but it was too warm, too unbelievably smooth,
Like playing in the sea, in the sea of possibility, the possibility
Was a blade, a shiny blade, I hold the key to the sea of possibilities
There’s no land, but the land
That went streaming through the sands like fingers,
Like arteries, like fingers
He lay, pressing it against his throat (Your eyes)
He opened his throat (Your eyes)
His vocal chords started shooting like (of a horse) mad pituitary glands
The scream he made (and my heart) was so high (my heart) pitched that nobody heard,
No one heard that cry,
No one heard (Johnny) the butterfly flapping in his throat,
Nobody heard, he was on that bed, it was like a sea of jelly,
And so he seized the first (His vocal chords shot up)
It was a black tube, he felt himself disintegrate (There is nothing happening at all)
And go inside the black tube, so when he looked out into the steep
Saw this sweet young thing (Fender one)
Humping on the parking meter, leaning on the parking meter
There was a man
To the simple
Rock & roll