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Patti Smith

Biography

Singer-songwriter, poet, and visual designer whose 1975 recording Horses significantly influenced the brand new York punk picture. She was launched to performers like Harry Belafonte and Bob Dylan when she was youthful and remaining her Jehovah’s See background as an adolescent. She was the receiver of the 2010 Country wide Book Award for Children, her memoir. She wedded Fred Sonic Smith on March 1, 1980 plus they experienced a son called Jackson and a child named Jesse collectively before Fred’s loss of life in 1994. Smith and Allen Ginsberg had been good friends; they fulfilled when Ginsberg mistook her for a good son and he bought her lunch time.

Quick Facts


Full Name Patti Smith
Date Of Birth December 30, 1946
Place Of Birth Chicago, IL
Height 1.73 m
Profession Punk Singer
Education Deptford Township High School, Rowan University
Nationality American
Spouse Fred "Sonic" Smith
Children Jackson Smith, Jesse Smith
Parents Beverly Smith, Grant Smith
Siblings Todd Smith
Awards National Book Award for Nonfiction, NME Award for Best Book, Polar Music Prize for Popular Music
Music Groups Patti Smith Group
Nominations Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album, Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance, UK Festival Award for Anthem Of The Summer, Goodreads Choice Awards Best Memoir & Autobiography
Movies Patti Smith: Dream of Life, William S. Burroughs: A Man Within, Benjamin Smoke, The Rugrats Movie, The Blank Generation, Burroughs: The Movie, The House of the Rising Punk, Arista Records' 25th Anniversary Celebration, New Wave, Lou Reed: Rock & Roll Heart, Patti Smith: Long for the City, Brian Wilson: On Tour, Words of Advice: William S. Burroughs on the Road, Patti Smith: Under Review, Later ... with Jools Holland: Legends, The Best of Sessions at West 54th: Vol. 1
TV Shows The Defiant Ones
Star Sign Capricorn

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#Fact
1Resides in Rockaway, Queens, New York (USA).
2Since the death of her husband, Patti chronicles much of her life with her vintage Polaroid Land 250 camera.
3Former girlfriend of Actor, Screenwriter, & ex-drummer, Sam Shepard in 1971 when they co-wrote & acted in a play "Cowboy Mouth" at the American Place Theatre, New York City.
4She will appear in New York City at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on 7 April 2005 as part of a program entitled "The Dark and the Light: An Evening of Spoken Word and Music Dedicated to Diane Arbus." This event is presented in conjunction with the exhibition "Diane Arbus Revelations." [April 2005]
5Won the National Book Award in 2010 for her memoir, "Just Kids", which she plans on adapting into a screenplay. It discusses her whole life, but specially focuses on her relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe.
6Active supporter of the US Green Party.
7Was romantically linked to Allen Lanier before marrying Fred 'Sonic' Smith.
8Born to a Jehovah's Witness mother, she grew up in Woodbury, New Jersey.
9Graduated from Deptford Township High School (1964).
10Her song "About a Boy" is a tribute to late Nirvana vocalist, guitarist and songwriter Kurt Cobain, who wrote a song called "About a Girl".
11Former girlfriend of controversial photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.
12She was voted the 47th Greatest Artist in Rock 'n' Roll by Rolling Stone.
13She and husband, Fred 'Sonic' Smith, lived in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, an eastern suburb of Detroit, during their married years from 1980 to his death in 1994.
14Husband Fred 'Sonic' Smith broke a decade-long hiatus from music to co-produce her comeback album, "Dream of Life".
15Collaborated on a soundtrack song from Wim Wenders' film, Until the End of the World (1991) (US title: "Until the End of the World").
16Gave birth to her son Jackson Smith in 1982 and her daughter Jesse Smith in 1987.
17Husband Fred 'Sonic' Smith died of heart failure in 1994, at the age of 45 years.
18Ranked #15 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll
19Was the inspiration for Gilda Radner's character Candy Slice on Saturday Night Live (1975).
20Was the first performer to sell out a poetry recital at New York's CBGB's music club.
21Poet and punk musician.
22Widow of MC5 guitarist Fred 'Sonic' Smith.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Vinyl2016TV Series performer - 1 episode
Everybody Wants Some!!2016writer: "Because the Night"
U2: Innocence + Experience, Live in Paris2015TV Movie documentary writer: "People Have The Power"
Glastonbury 20152015TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Dolezal Backstage2015TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Danny Says2015Documentary writer: "Piss Factory"
Catch Me Daddy2014performer: "Land" / writer: "Land"
Noah2014performer: "Mercy Is" / writer: "Father Song Lullaby", "Mercy Is"
CBGB2013writer: "Because the Night"
Defiance2013TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Vampire Diaries2013TV Series writer - 1 episode
Il Futuro2013performer: "Wing" / writer: "Wing"
Wallander2013TV Series performer - 1 episode
Boardwalk Empire2012TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Rum Diary2011performer: "The Mermaid Song" / writer: "The Mermaid Song", "The Mermaid Song Instrumental"
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
Neue Vahr Süd2010TV Movie performer: "My Generation"
It's All Relative2010Short performer: "Amazing Grace"
Independent LensTV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2010 writer - 1 episode, 2010
Banda sonoraTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2009 writer - 1 episode, 2009
Walking Vengeance2008performer: "Gimme Shelter"
Milk2008/Iwriter: "Till Victory"
Patti Smith: Dream of Life2008Documentary performer: "The Jackson Song", "Wing", "Gloria: In Excelsis Deo", "Land: Horses", "My Blakean Year", "Gung Ho", "Cartwheels", "Momento Mori", "Rock N Roll Nigger", "People Have the Power", "Radio Baghdad", "Spell" / writer: "The Jackson Song", "Wing", "Gloria: In Excelsis Deo", "Land: Horses", "My Blakean Year", "Gung Ho", "Cartwheels", "Momento Mori", "Rock N Roll Nigger", "People Have the Power", "Radio Baghdad"
Meat Loaf: In Search of Paradise2007Documentary writer: "In Excelsis Deo"
The Tracey Fragments2007writer: "Land: Horses"
Supernatural2006TV Series writer - 1 episode
Pavee Lackeen: The Traveller Girl2005writer: "Because the Night"
Filthy Gorgeous: The Trannyshack Story2005Documentary performer: "Gloria"
Live from New York: The First 5 Years of Saturday Night Live2005TV Special documentary performer: "My Generation"
El Lobo2004performer: "Land of a Thousand Dances" / writer: "Land of a Thousand Dances"
Lavorare con lentezza2004"Land"
In My Father's Den2004performer: "Free Money", "Horses" / writer: "Free Money", "Horses"
A Home at the End of the World2004performer: "Because the Night" / writer: "Because the Night"
Wonderland2003performer: "Gloria/In Excelsis Deo" 1975 / writer: "Gloria/In Excelsis Deo" 1975, "In Excelsis Deo" 1975
Royal Bonbon2002performer: "Fireflies" / writer: "Fireflies"
Crossing JordanTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2002 writer - 1 episode, 2002
La parenthèse enchantée2000performer: "We three" / writer: "We three"
God Is in the T.V.1999Video documentary writer: "Rock n' Roll Nigger" - as Smith
New Waterford Girl1999performer: "Ask the Angels" - as Patti Smith Group / writer: "Ask the Angels"
The Rugrats Movie1998performer: "This World Is Something New to Me"
Fögi Is a Bastard1998performer: "Wing" / writer: "Wing"
Whatever1998writer: "Dancing Barefoot"
MillenniumTV Series performer - 1 episode, 1998 writer - 1 episode, 1998
Frogs for Snakes1998courtesy: "Fattening Frogs for Snakes" / performer: "Fattening Frogs for Snakes"
Dream with the Fishes1997performer: "Wing" / writer: "Wing"
All Over Me1997writer: "Pissing in the River" - as P. Smith
Family Resemblances1996performer: "People Have the Power" / writer: "People Have the Power"
Foxfire1996writer: "Dancing Barefoot"
Barb Wire1996writer: "Dancing Barefoot"
The Basketball Diaries1995writer: "Dancing Barefoot"
Natural Born Killers1994performer: "Rock & Roll Nigger" / writer: "Rock & Roll Nigger"
American MastersTV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 1994 writer - 1 episode, 1994
Threesome1994writer: "DANCING BAREFOOT"
Until the End of the World1991performer: "It Takes Time" / writer: "It Takes Time"
Nouvelle vague1990as Smith, "Distant Fingers"
Fuori orario. Cose (mai) viste1988TV Series documentary performer: "Because the Night" / writer: "Because the Night"
Sixteen Candles1984performer: "Gloria"
Bergerac1983TV Series performer - 1 episode
A Night at Halsted's1982performer: "Pumping My Heart" - uncredited / writer: "Pumping My Heart" - uncredited
Fear No Evil1981as Smith, "Hey Joe" / performer: "Hey Joe"
Times Square1980writer: "Pissing in the River"
Kids Are People, Too1979TV Series performer - 1 episode
Ohne MaulkorbTV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 1978 writer - 1 episode, 1978
Top of the PopsTV Series writer - 2 episodes, 1978 performer - 1 episode, 1978

Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Weightless2017completedPatti Smith
The Killing2014TV SeriesFemale Doctor
Law & Order: Criminal Intent2011TV SeriesProf. Cleo Alexander
It's All Relative2010ShortSinger at Funeral
The Big Empty2003Traveler
The Rugrats Movie1998Newborn Baby (singing voice)
Robert Having His Nipple Pierced1971ShortNarrator (uncredited)

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Just Kidsnovel and screenplay announced
Three Stones for Jean Genet2014Documentary short writer
Long for the City (Patti Smith in New York)2009Documentary short writer

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Counting2015Documentary executive producer
Living with Strangers2013producer
Museum Hours2012executive producer

Camera Department

Camera Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
P.O.V.2009TV Series documentary additional camera operator - 1 episode
Patti Smith: Dream of Life2008Documentary additional camera work

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Independent Lens2011TV Series documentary composer - 1 episode
P.O.V.2009TV Series documentary musician - 1 episode

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Don't Blink - Robert Frank2015Documentary special thanks
Paul McCartney: Early Days2014Video short special thanks
Barcelona, nit d'estiu2013the director wishes to thank
The Guitar2008special thanks
Words of Advice: William S. Burroughs on the Road2007Documentary very special thanks
Black White + Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe2007Documentary thanks
Frogs for Snakes1998special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ohne Maulkorb1978TV Series documentaryHerself
The South Bank Show1978TV Series documentaryHerself
The Mike Douglas Show1977-1978TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Emerald City1977TV SeriesHerself
Patti Smith Group Stockholm 19761977DocumentaryHerself
Saturday Night Live1977TV SeriesHerself
The Blank Generation1976DocumentaryHerself
Night Lunch1975DocumentaryHerself
Patti and Valli1973Short documentary
Outrider2016Documentary filmingHerself
Tavis Smiley2010-2016TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures2016DocumentaryHerself (voice, uncredited)
The Book of Conrad2015/IDocumentaryHerself
Patti Smith on 'Don't Look Back'2015Video shortHerself
Democracy Now!2010-2015TV SeriesHerself
Glastonbury 20152015TV SeriesHerself
Station to Station2015Herself
20th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards2015TV SpecialHerself
72nd Golden Globe Awards2015TV SpecialHerself - Nominee
La grande librairie2014TV SeriesHerself
Noah's Score2014Video shortHerself
A MusiCares Tribute to Bruce Springsteen2014VideoHerself
Le grand journal de Canal+2014TV Series documentaryHerself
Three Stones for Jean Genet2014Documentary shortHerself
Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis2013TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Hour2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
C2012TV SeriesHerself
Late Show with David Letterman1996-2012TV SeriesHerself - Musical Guest / Herself / Herself - Guest
Wild thing, la folle histoire du rock2012TV Series documentaryHerself
CBS News Sunday Morning2012TV Series documentaryHerself - Singer (segment "Patti Smith")
48 Hours: Hard Evidence2012TV SeriesHerself
West of Memphis2012DocumentaryHerself
Owls Insider2011TV SeriesHerself - Host
Miradas 22007-2011TV Series documentaryHerself
Gomorron2011TV SeriesHerself
Sleepless Nights Stories2011Herself
Charlie Rose1997-2011TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Colbert Report2010TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town2010DocumentaryHerself
Film socialisme2010Herself - Singer (segment "Des choses comme ça") (as P. Smith)
Epic Fu2010TV SeriesHerself
William S. Burroughs: A Man Within2010DocumentaryHerself
P.O.V.2009TV Series documentary
The 25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert2009TV SpecialHerself
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live: Come Together2009VideoHerself
Corso: The Last Beat2009Documentary
Deutschland, deine Künstler2009TV Series documentaryHerself
Long for the City (Patti Smith in New York)2009Documentary shortHerself
Burning Down the House: The Story of CBGB2009DocumentaryHerself
All Tomorrow's Parties2009DocumentaryHerself
Metrópolis2009TV Series documentaryHerself
Ce soir (ou jamais!)2008TV SeriesHerself
One Fast Move or I'm Gone: Kerouac's Big Sur2008DocumentaryHerself
The African Twintowers2008Documentary
Patti Smith: Dream of Life2008DocumentaryHerself: vocals and clarinet
Festival Updates2008TV SeriesHerself (2008)
La 2 noticias2007TV SeriesHerself
The Early Show2007TV SeriesHerself
Loops!2007TV SeriesHerself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2005-2007TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Later... With Jools Holland1996-2007TV SeriesHerself / Herself (also Interview)
Black White + Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe2007DocumentaryHerself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1996-2007TV SeriesHerself - Guest / Herself - Musical Guest
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony2007TV MovieHerself
HARDtalk Extra2006TV SeriesHerself
Johnny Cash: God's Gonna Cut You Down2006Video shortHerself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1997-2005TV SeriesHerself - Guest / Herself - Musical Guest
All We Are Saying2005TV Movie documentaryHerself
You're Gonna Miss Me2005DocumentaryHerself - Musician
Get Up, Stand Up2003TV Series documentaryHerself - Interviewee
The Best of R.E.M.: In View 1988-20032003Video documentaryHerself (segment "E-Bow the Letter")
Brian Wilson on Tour2003Video documentaryHerself
XXI Century2003TV Series documentaryHerself - Singer & Songwriter
Kunst gegen Gewalt2002TV SeriesHerself
Jeff Buckley: Everybody Here Wants You2002TV Movie documentaryHerself
Kiss My Grits: The Herstory of Women in Punk and Hard Rock2001DocumentaryHerself
Benjamin Smoke2000DocumentaryHerself
Arista Records' 25th Anniversary Celebration2000TV Special documentaryHerself
CNN World Beat2000TV SeriesHerself
Pop Odyssee 2 - House of the Rising Punk1998TV Special documentaryHerself
The Nova Convention Revisited: William S. Burroughs and the Arts1998VideoHerself
Who Is Harry Smith?1998Herself
American Masters1998TV Series documentaryHerself
Scenes from Allen's Last Three Days on Earth as a Spirit1997Video documentaryHerself
Sessions at West 54th1997TV Series documentaryHerself
Summer Cannibals1996ShortHerself
R.E.M.: New Adventures in Hi-Fi Stereophonic on Film1996Video documentary shortHerself
Saturday Night Special1996TV SeriesHerself - Guest / Herself
Dancing Barefoot1995TV Movie documentaryHerself
The History of Rock 'n' Roll1995TV Series documentaryHerself
That's What Friends Are for: Arista's 15th Anniversary Concert1990TV Movie documentaryHerself
Late Night with David Letterman1987TV SeriesHerself
Burroughs: The Movie1983Documentary
Arena1983TV Series documentary
Mahagonny1980Herself
Kids Are People, Too1979TV SeriesHerself
Rockpalast1979TV SeriesHerself - Vocal, Guitar, Clarinet
Patti Smith: Still Moving1978Short documentaryHerself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
HyperNormalisation2016DocumentaryHerself - Singer
Uncle Howard2016/IDocumentaryHerself
Dolezal Backstage2015TV Series documentaryHerself
The Seventies2015TV Series documentaryHerself
Biography2010TV Series documentaryHerself
Banda sonora2009TV SeriesHerself
Catalunya.cat2008TV Movie documentaryHerself (uncredited)
Seven Ages of Rock2007TV Series documentaryHerself
U2: Window in the Skies2007Video shortHerself
Girls and Boys: Sex and British Pop2005TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
Loops!2005TV SeriesHerself
Live from New York: The First 5 Years of Saturday Night Live2005TV Special documentaryHerself
The Old Grey Whistle Test at 302001TV SpecialHerself
25 Years of Punk2001TV Movie documentaryHerself
SNL: 25 Years of Music1999TV MovieHerself
John Cale1998TV Movie documentaryHerself
No More to Say & Nothing to Weep For: An Elegy for Allen Ginsberg 1926-19971997TV Movie documentaryHerself
Rock Family Trees1995TV Series documentaryHerself
Sonic Youth: Teenage Riot1988Video shortHerself (uncredited)
Women in Rock1986Video documentaryHerself
La edad de oro1984TV SeriesHerself
The Old Grey Whistle Test1979TV SeriesHerself

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Original Song - Motion PictureNoah (2014)· Lenny Kaye


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#Quote
1Americans just don't know what being a movie star's all about. That's the whole thing for me - movies.
2I wrote "Horses" for Michael Stipe. I wrote "Horses" for Morrissey. And they found it.
3I wasn't writing my own songs yet, so I was using other people's songs as a vehicle. The reason we did "Land of a Thousand Dances" and "Gloria" on "Horses" was because I liked repetitious, three-chord rock songs but I didn't understand that I could write my own. I didn't realize that you could use those chords a million times.
4Some of us are born rebellious. Like Jean Genet or Arthur Rimbaud, I roam these mean streets like a villain, a vagabond, an outcast, scavenging for the scraps that may perchance plummet off humanity's dirty plates, though often sometimes taking a cab to a restaurant is more convenient.
5[on Johnny Depp] I think, at heart, he is a musician. I've never really seen him without a guitar. He keeps two or three guitars with him most of the time. Sometimes, on a long drive, he'll have one in the car. That is how devoted to music he is.
6[on her tribute to Amy Winehouse with the song, "This is the Girl"] It was done really lovingly. As soon as I heard about when she died, I sat down and wrote her a little poem and my bass player wrote a piece of music that resonated the poem. It is a song I wish we never had to write.
7[on friendship] Those who have suffered understand suffering and therefore extend their hand.


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