“Please, no matter how we advance technologically, please don’t abandon the book. There is nothing in our material world more beautiful than the book.”― Patti Smith
(Acceptance speech, National Book Award 2010 (Nonfiction), November 17, 2010)
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Patti Smith (born Patricia Lee Smith on December 30, 1946) is an American singer-songwriter and poet. She was influential in the birth of the punk rock with her 1975 debut album, Horses.
Called “Godmother of Punk” she integrated the beat poetry performance style with garage rock. Her allusions introduced 19th century French poetry to American teens, while her “unladylike” language defied the disco era. Smith is most widely known for the song “Because the Night”, which was co-written with Bruce Springsteen and reached number 13 on Billboard Hot 100 chart.
In 2005 Patti Smith was named a Commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by French Minister of Culture.