Hear Patti Smith's Chilling Nico Tribute 'Killer Road'

June 16, 2016

Patti Smith performed a unique and mysterious tribute to late singer Nico two years ago with ambient backing music from her daughter, Jesse Paris Smith, and a trio called Soundwalk Collective. It featured sounds from Nico's own harmonium and sounds that...


See Cartoon Patti Smith Curse About Censorship

April 26, 2016

When Patti Smith's "Gloria" single came out in the U.K. in 1976, the record label bleeped the singer's cursing on its B Side, a cover of the Who's "My Generation" that was recorded live. "I don't need that fucking shit," she sang. She explained how the...



Grammy Noms: The Weirdest, Most Surprising and Unknown Picks

December 7, 2015

The nominees for the 58th Grammy Awards have been revealed, and while the Big Four categories lacked any major surprises, this year's full crop of nominations did have some unexpected hopefuls in unfamiliar categories. From the...


Watch U2 Perform in Paris With Patti Smith

December 7, 2015

U2 were "thinking about some special guests" for their return to Paris less than a month after their concerts in the French capital were postponed by the terror attacks. At Sunday night's show at AccorHotels Arena, the band were joined...


Patti Smith Leads Powerful 'Horses' Set in Hendrix's Studio

August 27, 2015

As part of a performance of her debut album Horses in the studio where she recorded it, Patti Smith sang her beatific cover of Them's "Gloria" twice. The first time was as the set opener, in which she transitioned from reading the poem off an LP copy...


Patti Smith Announces New Memoir 'M Train'

April 13, 2015

Patti Smith's follow-up memoir to her award-winning account of life with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, Just Kids, will come out this fall. The new book, M Train, will present what her publisher has described as a journey through 18 "stations," as...

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U2 Help Paris Heal at Inspiring Return Show

December 7, 2015

It's been three weeks since the terrorist attacks killed 130 in Paris, but the city is still grieving. You feel it everywhere: in the kindness of taxi drivers, the forgiving nods of usually surly waiters, the quick smiles of people you bump into on the...


Patti Smith Working on New Memoir, Detective Story, YA Novel

October 6, 2015

Patti Smith will release her second memoir M Train on Tuesday, and the Horses singer appears fully immersed in her role as an author. Speaking at the New Yorker Festival over the weekend, Smith revealed that she has at least four more...


Watch Patti Smith Bring Out Dalai Lama at Glastonbury

June 28, 2015

This year's Glastonbury has so far featured Florence and the Machine covering Foo Fighters and Kanye West delivering an unexpected "Bohemian Rhapsody," yet Patti Smith may be responsible for the fest's biggest surprise. During Smith's Pyramid...

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Miley Cyrus, Flaming Lips, Patti Smith Rock for Tibet

March 6, 2015

Before her intimate set at this year's Tibet House Benefit concert, Debbie Harry stated the obvious. "You wouldn't think [it would be] in the music I make," she said of the sounds and spirit she's absorbed from Tibetan culture. "But it is."...



Patti Smith to Play Vatican Christmas Concert

November 14, 2014

Patti Smith will be among the performers at the Concerto di Natale, the Vatican's annual Christmas concert held in Rome since 1993, next month, according to The Independent. The concert will take place at Auditorium Conciliazione, a venue located about...


Patti Smith Plans 'Horses' 40th Anniversary Shows for 2015

October 7, 2014

Patti Smith will not let the 40th anniversary of her breakthrough debut album, Horses, go unnoticed next year. Although the punk icon has yet to confirm dates, she plans on holding Horses-related events around the world, where she will perform the album. "The...


No Compassion: CBGB in the Seventies

May 30, 2014

In the mid-Seventies, a tiny New York City club named CBGB — short for "country, bluegrass and blues" — became the epicenter of the country's punk and New Wave scene. Before the decade was out, countless musicians would spill their sweat and...


Iggy Pop, Patti Smith Storm Carnegie Hall for Tibet

March 12, 2014

For a few glorious moments at the 24th annual Tibet House benefit Tuesday night, New York's Carnegie Hall devolved into a scene straight out of a CBGB fever dream. The band onstage was billed as New Order, but it was really just the group's guitarist...


Iggy Pop, Joe Walsh, New Order Set for Tibet Benefit

January 10, 2014

The 24th annual Tibet House U.S. Benefit Concert will feature a typically star-studded and diverse lineup of musicians. Iggy Pop, Joe Walsh and New Order are all slated to perform at New York City's Carnegie Hall on March 11th. Actors Maggie Gyllenhaal...


Patti Smith Explains Mixed Feelings About Religion

October 15, 2014

Nearly 40 years ago, Patti Smith announced herself to music fans with the cutting, iconoclastic lyric that led off "Gloria," the first track on her debut album, Horses: "Jesus died for somebody's sins but not mine." Earlier this year, the poet and singer...

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Patti Smith Performs Haunting, Unorthodox Nico Tribute

October 3, 2014

Little has been written about the relationship between the kohl-eyed singer Nico and punk iconoclast Patti Smith. Nevertheless, on one occasion in 1978, 10 years before Nico would suffer a fatal heart attack while riding her bicycle in Ibiza, Smith...


New Order Debut 'Drop the Guitar'

April 1, 2014

New Order debuted a new track, "Drop the Guitar," during their Lollapalooza Chile set on Sunday, the seminal post-punk act's first new song since their 2005 album Waiting for the Sirens' Call. You can check out an admittedly rocky fan-shot video above,...


Darren Aronofsky on the Genesis of 'Noah'

February 10, 2014

He's tackled washed-up pro wrestlers, mentally unstable ballerinas, paranoid mathematicians, time-traveling surgeons and hopeless junkies, but director Darren Aronofsky's biggest challenge to date is a man and his boat. How the Academy Snubbed Springsteen...



Patti Smith: 'Lou Was a Very Special Poet'

October 28, 2013

Over the last 24 hours, there's been an outpouring of tributes to rock pioneer Lou Reed, who passed away on Sunday at age 71. Today, David Byrne shared a memory of his time with Reed during his band's early days. Punk rock icon Patti Smith, who ran with...