Patti Smith, world-renowned musician, poet, and punk icon, will read from her new book of poetry, Auguries of Innocence, as well as perform some of her own music with guitarist Lenny Kaye.
A pioneer on the New York Punk scene of the 1970s, Patti Smith rose to international prominence with her 1975 album Horses, offering a feminist and intellectual contribution to punk music and becoming one of rock and roll's most influential female musicians. Smith received a Grammy for her song Glitter In Their Eyes in 2000. Her latest album, trampin', was released in 2004.
During the course of her career, Smith has published a number of books of poetry, including Babel; (1978)Patti Smith Complete: Lyrics, Notes and Reflections (1998); Early Work,(1995)collecting a number of the small poetry volumes and broadsides she published in the early 1970s; and The Coral Sea, (1996) an extended elegy to photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. In July 2005, she received the highest honor awarded by the French Minister of Culture, joining the likes of William Burroughs and Susan Sontag as a Commandeur of the Order of Arts and Letters.
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