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...


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...


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 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...



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...


'Inside Llewyn Davis' All-Stars Honor Greenwich Village Heyday

September 30, 2013

At New York City's Town Hall on Sunday night, Patti Smith had the best line of the night. Glancing at a chorus line of musicians behind her, Smith admitted, "I don't even know who they are, half of them." The audience laughed, and Smith courteously added,...


Jack White, Marcus Mumford Headlining NYC Benefit

August 19, 2013

Jack White, Joan Baez, Marcus Mumford and the Avett Brothers are among the big names set to headline an upcoming benefit show around the forthcoming film Inside Llewyn Davis, the New York Times reports. Organized by T Bone Burnett, the September 29th...


Who's on the New 'Hunger Games' Soundtrack?

September 26, 2013

One of the year's most anticipated films is undoubtedly The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and the soundtrack has brought together an eclectic group of artists, including Coldplay, the National, the Lumineers, Christina Aguilera, the Weeknd, Imagine Dragons,...


Patti Smith Plans Tribute to Robert Louis Stevenson

August 13, 2013

Patti Smith is no stranger to literary giants, having hung out with William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg, but the godmother of punk has a soft spot for the children's poetry of Robert Louis Stevenson. "I can't imagine my childhood without him. His...