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More than any rock star, Patti Smith embodies that dynamic - maybe you've felt it yourself... the need to break away and rediscover yourself.
Growing up in South Jersey, Patti toiled in a factory job, read poetry, and plotted her escape. In New York, she became a poet herself... and when that poetry was put to music - minds were blown. Patti Smith's songs straddled the first shards of punk: street poetry, raw power.
Her 1975 album 'Horses' firmly established her importance in music history, and ten more albums followed.
Once she'd given rock & roll the shot of adrenaline it needed, Patti retired to the suburbs to raise a family with her husband, the late Fred 'Sonic' Smith from the mighty MC5. Now back in New York - and touring the world with her most recent album 'Banga' - Patti is far from retiring: her many projects include a mystery novel, a film, a screenplay, plus another book - the follow-up to 'Just Kids', her acclaimed memoir about her relationship with the late photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.
Plus now there's 'Patti Smith: Camera Solo' - an exhibit of her own photography and installation work, a rare glimpse into Patti's personal world - on display in Canada for the first time at the Art Gallery of Ontario, February 9-May 19, 2013. Check out her 'Banga' tour dates right here.
3/7 Toronto, ON - Art Gallery of Ontario (7:30 show)
3/7 Toronto, ON - Art Gallery of Ontario (9:45 show)
3/9 Toronto, ON - Queen Elizabeth Theatre
4/13 Rome, Italy - Sala Santa Cecilia (Parco della Musica)
4/14 Rome, Italy - Sala Santa Cecilia (Parco della Musica)
4/17 Burnley, UK - Mechanics ^
4/19 Haworth, UK - Brontë School Rooms ^
4/21 Scarborough, UK - Scarborough Spa ^
4/30 Austin, TX - Stubb's Waller Creek Amphitheatre
5/2 New Orleans, LA - Jazz Fest
5/6 Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre
6/18 London, UK - O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
6/19 London, UK - O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
6/24 Brussels, Belgium - Ancienne Belgique
6/26 Bruges, Belgium - vzw Concertgebouw
6/27 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
7/2 Berlin, Germany - Zitadelle Spandau
7/4 Leipzig, Germany - Werk 2
7/6 Hamburg, Germany - Stadtpark
7/8 Tampere, Finland - Tampere Hall
7/9 Helsinki, Finland - Music Centre
7/11 Rattvik, Sweden - Dalhalla
7/12 Upsalla, Sweden - Botanical Gardens
7/13 Gothenburg, Sweden - Tradgardsforeningen