Patti Smith singing closely into a microphone on stage with her hands outstretched. She is a white woman in her 70s with long grey hair wearing a blazer over a graphic t-shirt
Credit Tom Dumont

Patti Smith Quartet

Presented by Crosstown Concerts
Tue 25 Jun 2024
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Patti Smith's extensive achievements as a performer, author, recording and visual artist are acknowledged worldwide.

Released in 1975, Smith’s first recording, Horses, was inducted into the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress in 2010 by the National Recording Preservation Board. Her subsequent albums include Radio Ethiopia, Easter (which included Because the Night, cowritten with Bruce Springsteen), Wave, Dream of Life, (which included People Have the Power cowritten with her late husband Fred Sonic Smith), Gone Again, Peace and Noise, Gung Ho, Trampin’, Land, Twelve, Banga, and Outside Society.

She is a four-time Grammy® nominee and a Golden Globe nominee. Steven Sebring’s 2008 documentary, Patti Smith: Dream of Life, received an Emmy nomination.

Smith holds the honor of “Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres” from the French Ministry of Culture. In 2007 she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She was honored by ASCAP with the Founders Award in 2010, representing lifetime achievement, and was the recipient of Sweden’s 2011 Polar Award, an international acknowledgement for significant achievements in music. In 2013, Smith received the Katharine Hepburn Medal from Bryn Mawr College, recognizing women whose contributions embody the drive and work ethic of the celebrated actress.

Smith’s photographs, drawings, and installations have been exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide. Her bestselling memoir Just Kids won the prestigious 2010 National Book Award and in 2020 the Wall Street Journal acknowledged her as a Literature Innovator.

Her renowned band includes guitarist and author Lenny Kaye, who she has collaborated with since 1971, drummer Jay Dee Daugherty (since 1975), Tony Shanahan on bass and keyboards (since 1996), and her son, guitarist Jackson Smith (for over a decade). 

At present Smith writes, performs, and lends support for human-rights issues and environmental groups, primarily Pathway to Paris, a nonprofit organization co-founded by her daughter, Jesse Paris Smith, offering tangible solutions for combatting global climate. She resides in New York City. She is a featured writer on Substack, where her twice weekly writings and readings can be subscribed to online.