Patti Smith

ASCAP Founders Award

Patti Smith

Songwriter... Poet... Trailblazer... Rock Icon

ASCAP honors Patti Smith whose creative genius and rock n roll spirit will continue to inspire generations to come

Patti Smith emerged in the 1970s, galvanizing the music scene with her revolutionary mergence of poetry and rock and roll. In 1975 the album Horses established Smith as one of the most original and influential artists of her generation. It was followed by eleven more releases, featuring songs such as "Gloria," "Free Money," "Ask the Angels," "Ghost Dance," "Because the Night," "Dancing Barefoot," "People Have the Power," and "1959." Smith was awarded the title of Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres by the French Republic in 2005 and in 2007 inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2008 Dream of Life, Steven Sebring's documentary film examining her life and work was honored at Sundance. Recently she has released Just Kids, a memoir of her relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, who captured her trademark swagger for the cover of Horses. She is currently recording an album for Columbia Records with longtime collaborators Lenny Kaye, Jay Dee Daugherty and Tony Shanahan.