American punk-poetess, Patti Smith, formed first incarnation of The Patti Smith Group with Lenny Kaye, in 1971. After issuing their debut single, a coruscating take on Hey Joe, they were joined by drummer J.D. Daugherty for the magnificent album, 1975's Horses, which fused Smith's impressionistic poetry, to visceral garage punk and free-wheeling guitar improvisation. After a disappointing follow-up, Smith returned to form with 1978's Easter, which included the anthemic USA Top 5 hit Because The Night, co-penned with Smith by Bruce Springsteen. Smith retired a year later after her marriage to Fred 'Sonic' Smith, and this led to her retirement from performing. After a brief comeback Dream Of Life in 1988, Smith returned to public life with 1996's stunning Gone Again, released in the wake of several personal tragedies including the deaths of her brother, her husband, and a close friend, Robert Mapplethorpe. Smith reunited with her group the following year, for the defiant Peace And Noise, and maintained a regular schedule of releases and live dates into the 00s.
Followers: PJ Harvey, Hole, Jim Carroll, Michael Stipe
Influenced By: Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Velvet Underground, David Bowie...