Patti Smith’s Birthday

Patti Smith – Photograph by Jesse Ditmar

Patti Smith gets to celebrate her 69th birthday tonight with her band at San Francisco’s Fillmore, ending up a year that saw the 40th anniversary of her landmark recording, “Horses” and the release of her latest memoir, M Train.

For more of Patti on M Train, see here

And here‘s her conversation with Paul Holdengräber at the New York Public Library

And here she is, speaking on Just Kids and M Train on Democracy Now!

Here’s Penelope Green’s October 2015  New York Times profile –  “Patti Smith, Survivor 

And here’s a little vintage Patti – (“Jesus died for somebody’s sins/But not mine”)

and here‘s Patti, from back in 1972, reading twelve poems from her first collection, Seventh Heaven, at the Poetry Project at St Marks Church

HarperCollins just released, this year, Patti Smith – Collected Lyrics 1970-2015

& not forgetting Patti’s work with a camera.

Her polaroids, her recent “Camera Solo” sacred objects collection

Here‘s Patti speaking on photography at a recent showing (2013) in Canada at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto 

and here she is on her photographic, (indeed art-life, life-life), mentor (and the subject of her National Book Award-winning memoir), Robert Mapplethorpe

Here‘s one more vintage Patti posting  (Live in Stockholm in 1976! – preceded by an interview)

Earlier birthday postings on the Allen Ginsberg Project – here and  here

Other Patti postings – here and here

Many happy returns of the day,  Happy Birthday, Patti!


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